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“Compact and informative”
Review of Ayala Museum

Ayala Museum
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Manila Layover Tour: Overnight City sightseeing with Round-Trip Airport Transfer
Ranked #4 of 69 things to do in Makati
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Imus, Cavite, Philippines
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“Compact and informative”
Reviewed May 31, 2013 via mobile

Given the relatively small space, this museum packs a lot of info. I took the audio tour and really appreciated the dioramas of Philippine history. Also liked the collection of boat models. Didn't very much like the paintings apart from Juan Luna's.

Visited July 2012
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“Nice gold showing in 4th floor”
Reviewed May 31, 2013

Very educational, nice museun with many diferent colection and audiovisual experience. Lear about influence of spanish danish franch and asian cultures mixture in the diferents timelines.

Visited May 2013
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Makati, Philippines
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“Museum in Makati”
Reviewed May 31, 2013

This place is easy to locate, just a few steps away from greenbelt mall. There's a coffee shop with in the building. The place looks expensive outside. Entrance is applicable for every event. Structure of the building is beautiful.

Visited May 2013
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Hong Kong, China
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“Ayala Museum - Nice 2-3hr activity if in the Greenbelt area of Makati”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

We recently visited the Ayala Museum (P450 foreign adult, P225 local adult) during a quick stopover in Makati and found this to be a decent private museum. In general there were things we liked about our visit and others that we didn't care for so much.

What we liked
We very much enjoyed the 4th floor floor temporary exhibit called 'The Gold of our Ancestors' which was a well-organised, well-presented collection and made for an enjoyable hour of examining the various gold pieces on display, most from the 10th to 13th century. We found the opening video effective at setting the stage for the items which were shown and the pieces themselves very interesting (some being quite impressive). Overall this was a very nice gallery experience and the highlight of our visit to the Ayala Museum.

The 2nd floor - Diorama Experience: This offered around 60 displays, each offering a fairly good imagery of important moments in The Philippines history as well as synopsis style information that was not overly texty. The displays covered events from the pre-colonial period, the Spanish and American colonial periods as well as the post-colonial period namely under the Marcos and more recent administrations. We felt that visitors not too familiar with Philippines history would find this a good 'snapshot' introduction to the subject matter. You can do a quick walk through in 10-15minutes in this section or spend up to 1.5 hours if you care to read the captions.

There is a decent maritime (boat) gallery with some historic vessels that include Chinese Junk, Lorcha and some Spanish Ramada style ship models. These were nice to look over, particularly if you like sea vessels.

On the ground floor there were some works by the Philippine Artist, Juan Luna that we enjoyed, not sure if this part of the permanent or temporary exhibits in the Ayala Museum.

What we didn't like
Entry price discrimination: Charging foreigners almost twice the amount of locals is a tacky practice, not something you expect from well-financed institutions like the Ayala Foundation. This is something we are not big fans of seeing, particularly with credible private museums.

No photography allowed within the galleries, although this is a common practice at private museums so it is ok. It would be better though if the museum shop sold postcards of selected pieces from the "Gold of Ancestors" exhibit (in such cases, we normally buy these for souvenir) but there were none available for purchase.

3rd Floor - Pioneers of Philippine art galleries: This is a matter of personal taste of course, but the galleries featuring the works of Fernando Amorsolo and Fernando Zobel were underwhelming and left us uninspired. We much preferred a few of the works by Juan Luna on the ground floor.

Overall, we had mixed feelings about our visit in the Ayala Museum, finding the dual pricing a distasteful practice and somewhat disappointed with the limited art in the permanent exhibit. Additionally, without the temporary exhibit on the 4/F, the admission fee for G/F - 3/F collections (PHP350) do not seem worth it for foreign visitors. Still there were a few things worth seeing within the museum, particularly the temporary exhibit on pre-colonial/ancestral gold, making it still a good attraction to spend an hour or two if you are planning to spend time in the Greenbelt area of Makati.

Visited May 2013
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

This has the potential to be a really great museum. I went this morning, paid my entrance fee (475 pesos) and off I went. The exhibitions of ceramics and gold are very good. However, what I really wanted was to learn about the history of the Philippines. When I got to the diorama section I found that the audio information service was broken - so I could look at the dioramas but some of them meant very little with no explanation or background information. At the end of the display, there are three films about the modern history of the Philippines. Unfortunately the three screens are fairly close together, and all three films were running simultaneously and VERY loudly so it was impossible to listen to any one of them.

I can't comment on the shop as it was closed the entire time I was there. I actually went back to the ticket desk to complain and to ask if the screens could be fixed so that I could watch the 3 films, but there was no-one there to complain to! I just wish they had said before selling me a ticket that the audio service was broken and that the shop would be closed. I might have decided to visit on a different day.

Visited May 2013
2 Thank Clare091
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