National Museum
National Museum
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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This grand exhibit house features the country's most historic works of culture and national heritage, including the paintings of heralded Philippine artist Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo.
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  • Hudsonmccraw
    Virginia Beach, Virginia3,788 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An intriguing place for sure. Definitely worth your time to visit.
    This museum is filled with artwork that does a good job illustrating the history of the Philippines. The exhibits are very informative and is worth your time to go see. Manila traffic is predictably heavy, so make sure you budget time for the commute accordingly. But you will be pleased with what you see at the National Museum.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Marites8
    Calgary, Canada1,374 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and full of History!
    Great place to more about Philippine culture, artists and history. Free admission to view 4 floors of amazing and creative artworks by Filipinos. Would recommend this place and perfect rainy day activity for everyone.
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 20, 2023
  • irenevff
    Dasmarinas City, Philippines5,497 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    a fine, long walk to remember
    this is the first time that i get to visit this museum again after more than 30 years. we frequent this place when i was in grade school as part of our yearly educational trips. a lot of things have changed since then. for one, our national museum has expanded and housed a lot of other materials that were not present three decades prior. it has separate provisions now - one each for fine arts and for natural history. a full day is not enough to roam the place. for a minimal fee, one can enjoy a guided tour of the place. be sure your cameras have full batteries and enough memory storage.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written February 6, 2024
  • Bontaks Travels
    Sydney, Australia637 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Compulsory to visit if you appreciate art
    There was so much more at the National Museum of Fine Arts than we could ever hope to conquer in a couple of hours, especially when that time is at the end of a day where sightseeing began at 8am! Loved the work of Vicente Silva Manansala and Carlos V. Francisco, particularly the latter’s gigantic ‘History of Manila’. Sat and drank that one in for ages from many angles. If we could’ve replanned our visit, it would not have been after a big day of sightseeing (although it is also a lovely place to escape the afternoon heat).
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 21, 2024
  • Czar Emmanuel
    Manila, Philippines9,856 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very culturally enriching
    There are actually three national museums close to one another in the Rizal Park area ... the National Museum of Anthropology, the National Museum of Natural History, and the National Museum of Fine Arts. Each has its own particular collection. You can visit any of them depending on your personal interests ... History, Art, etc. Entrance is free. They are closed on Mondays. They do get a bit crowded on Sundays. Queues can also be quite long and slow as they manually register guests. Collections are well-arranged and properly labeled. Some galleries are closed. Lighting system can be improved. Perhaps they need to add more elevators to give visitors easy access to the upper floors. Parking is a bit of a problem as there are very limited slots. Lastly, they could put up souvenir shops and nice restaurants as well.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 3, 2024
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Elaine F
Indianapolis, IN3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Museum exhibit is great! Admission is free, you just need to write your name down in the "book". Go in early to avoid the field trip groups. Customer service in the bag drop off/claim section is lacking. The lady there descriminates against "local" looking Filipinos (I have brown skin and unaltered nose) and the "mestiza" lady who clearly had a bag much larger than mine, and she was given admittance; along with the foreigner with his full hiking backpack. Too bad that mentality is still around. Cut short my visit to that museum.
Written January 30, 2020
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Ron
Taguig City, Philippines4,404 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This is one of the 4 part of National Museum in Manila
I did 2 Visit to to museum one is and the other one is natural history.
In this Museum, i loved the art displayed the carvings, the paintings, the old artifacts, the history and story of every displays.
I can say 2 to 3 hours roaming around this bldg will give you lots of information and knowledge about Philippines.
Very informative.
The building is quite old but i like.
Worth the visit.
No Entrance Fee.
8 am to 4 pm admission if am not mistaken.
Written April 27, 2020
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Indy27
Forest Lake, MN182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
You can spend hours here and the exhibits are first rate. The history of the Philippines is wonderfully displayed in a massive museum that is a must to see. Located in a pleasant park area you will be amazed at the historical and cultural displays located in the museum. Truly a gem of a place.
Written January 20, 2020
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audreyb120
Melbourne, Australia8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
Upon entering, the first major painting was the Spolarium by Jose Luna. It was entered and won the top prize in Spain in the 1800s and eventually was returned as a gift from the Spanish government to the Philippines.

The painted scene showed what happened after a gladiator fight but we were told the figures represented the Filipino suffering under Spanish rule. It was a powerful painting on a grand scale.

We enjoyed visiting this museum and learning more about the National Artists that contributed much to the Filipino cultural heritage.

I highly recommend coming back multiple times and enjoying the art work.
Written November 8, 2020
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irenevff
Dasmarinas City, Philippines5,497 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Business
this is the first time that i get to visit this museum again after more than 30 years. we frequent this place when i was in grade school as part of our yearly educational trips.

a lot of things have changed since then. for one, our national museum has expanded and housed a lot of other materials that were not present three decades prior. it has separate provisions now - one each for fine arts and for natural history. a full day is not enough to roam the place.

for a minimal fee, one can enjoy a guided tour of the place. be sure your cameras have full batteries and enough memory storage.
Written February 6, 2024
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Hudsonmccraw
Virginia Beach, VA3,788 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
This museum is filled with artwork that does a good job illustrating the history of the Philippines. The exhibits are very informative and is worth your time to go see. Manila traffic is predictably heavy, so make sure you budget time for the commute accordingly. But you will be pleased with what you see at the National Museum.
Written July 28, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Czar Emmanuel
Manila, Philippines9,856 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
There are actually three national museums close to one another in the Rizal Park area ... the National Museum of Anthropology, the National Museum of Natural History, and the National Museum of Fine Arts. Each has its own particular collection. You can visit any of them depending on your personal interests ... History, Art, etc. Entrance is free. They are closed on Mondays. They do get a bit crowded on Sundays. Queues can also be quite long and slow as they manually register guests. Collections are well-arranged and properly labeled. Some galleries are closed. Lighting system can be improved. Perhaps they need to add more elevators to give visitors easy access to the upper floors. Parking is a bit of a problem as there are very limited slots. Lastly, they could put up souvenir shops and nice restaurants as well.
Written June 3, 2024
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Bontaks Travels
Sydney, Australia637 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
There was so much more at the National Museum of Fine Arts than we could ever hope to conquer in a couple of hours, especially when that time is at the end of a day where sightseeing began at 8am! Loved the work of Vicente Silva Manansala and Carlos V. Francisco, particularly the latter’s gigantic ‘History of Manila’. Sat and drank that one in for ages from many angles.
If we could’ve replanned our visit, it would not have been after a big day of sightseeing (although it is also a lovely place to escape the afternoon heat).
Written April 22, 2024
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Peter M
Melbourne, Australia1,293 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This is in Ermita and is an excellent Museum.
This grand exhibit house features the country's most historic works of culture and national heritage.
There is also the National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of Fine Art
National Museum of Anthropology. It was formed August 12, 1887
Written January 16, 2023
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MikeBirdman
Acton, MA1,002 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
I learnt a lot about the history of the Philippines and saw the evolution of painting in the country from early days through to contemporary. A number of specialist exhibits of artists and a wonderful new exhibit about Magellan’s voyages. The building itself is of historical interest and it was a good introduction to the culture, history. There is considerable pride expressed about the exhibits and while some of the art is hard to understand in the absence of detailed knowledge it was a great overview of the experiences the country has gone through.
Written March 3, 2023
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