Museo Sugbo is a.k.a. the Cebu Provincial Museum these days. This is located on M. J. Cuenco Avenue in the old Spanish-era district of Cebu called Tejero.
I used to pass by this place in my younger years. The funny thing which strikes me in this area was how at one time I came here to look for a locksmith. The irony of course is that this building is what we called as the Provincial Jail - and hence the locksmith's house was a stone's throw away from the jail *grin*
Another name for it in the Spanish-era years as Cárcel de Cebú. It was only later that I heard that most of the coral stone blocks used to build parts of the jail was actually from Parian Church.
Now Parian Church is no more -- and its pretty historic too...it was demolished in 1878 after the Bishop of Cebu won a long-drawn court case against its parishioners in the 1800s. So if you think about how this historic jail first started, then was built and enlarged in the years past, even became a stable at one point during the American Occupation and then ended up as a museum housing old artifacts, that itself for me was enough to generate an interest.
During my first visit here, I admit we were in a rush - our visitors had a very limited time to see this and another couple of museums before departing for an out of town trip - however I really did enjoy the exhibits of pieces from different eras in Cebu...I never thought we even had exhibits of prehistoric culture in our island!
There was also a temporary exhibit of old antique religious statues and a carroza from Bantayan Island during this fortunate jaunt and the lighting was superb. I don't know how long that will be around, but that was one of the highlights because it was unexpected.
if you like history and seeing old artifacts, budget around 1.5 hours here at least so you can examine at your leisure and maybe the tour guide can also give you time to "feel" the place.
As an old jail, the architecture of the place slams that home...but I never did feel any "ghosts" of tortured souls haunting the place *grin*.
There's a parking area at the back of the building - its not obvious when you first behold the museum, so just proceed to the side road on the right of the building and turn left.
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