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“New year in Manila”
Review of Ayala Museum

Ayala Museum
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Manila Layover Tour: Overnight City sightseeing with Round-Trip Airport Transfer
Ranked #3 of 69 things to do in Makati
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
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“New year in Manila”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

Was closed on New Year's Day but luckily we had another day to see it. Really fantastic history of the Philippines ....loved the ancient gold. Cheap entry and well displayed.

Visited January 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Culture Therapy in Manila”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

Ayala Museum is probably the best in the Philippines. In a couple of hours of well displayed exhibits one can feel a little "history" and "culture" of the country. Once you are beached out and over stayed your time in the sun, the museum is a good place to chill out. The museum is located in a very chi chi neighborhood in Makati. Their mainstay are the dioramas highlighting key events in Philippine history. One can have eyesore viewing these little figurines in the glass case and explanations. There is art, and last December, the featured artist was Carlos "Botong" Francisco. A cartoonist by profession the artwork (from cartoon sketches to paintings) I believe represent the 50's-60's era which look like they are centuries past the current Manila.

My favourite exhibit is the Gold Exhibit of the 9th-13th century Philippines. Before the arrival of Islam and Christianity, there was the Hindu/Buddhist in the Philippines. The gold pieces are from that period. They show a highly developed society, and very sophistical goldsmithing. I'm still floored by the box link, rope chain in one of the displays. Not a rinky-dinky necklace but a big fat one to hold the scabbard. There's extra charge for this section of the museum.

The souvenir shop has a good selection of gentrified Filipino knick knacks and books about the Philippines. If ever lost what to take back as souvenir, you can pick up something from here truly representative of the Philippines. The next best thing about Ayala Museum is its location. Just outside is a very nice (artsy) cafe, then the Greenbelt and 4 interconnected malls from really high end stuff to more pedestrian. That will be another kind of therapy.

Visited December 2012
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Alexandria, Virginia
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“Best Short Historical Overview of the Philippines”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

This museum does a lot in a little bit of space. The historical dioramas are superb and you walk away with a basic historical overview of the Philippines. Gold of Ancestors is worth the extra fee, for the opportunity to get a glimpse at life before the Spanish colonial period. The Botong Francisco exhibit - running through March 31 - is warm and inviting. Well done. Relax at the outdoor cafe after your visit.

Visited January 2013
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North Carolina
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“Capsule view of Philippine history”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

1. The collection of gold artifacts from pre-hispanic Philippine society was the first of its kind that I have seen. I was very impressed with the pieces "woven" with gold wire.

2. The dioramas depicting "key" moments in Philippine history were good, but a bit exhausting. How they chose these "key moments" seemed a bit scatter-shot to me. I liked the cutouts indicating how tall our heroes were. I thought it made them more human than the history books ever did.

Visited January 2013
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“Great for Pinoy & foreigner alike”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

My partner (Pinoy) & I went there and ended up learning so much about the history of the country. The displays are amazing with gold dating back over the last 1000 years & a great diorama of the history of the Philippines. We ended up walking around for a couple of hours and buying a few lovely things from the shop too.

Visited December 2012
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