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“Low budgeted, rich cultural treasures” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Roxas Blvd. | Central Bank complex, Manila, Luzon, Philippines
2-523-7855, 2-521-1517
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Ranked #32 of 119 things to do in Manila
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Owner description: In addition to the numerous touring exhibits throughout the year, two of the anchors in this museum are the priceless Gold Gallery and the ancient Pottery Gallery, with pieces dating back to 220 BC.
Camarillo, California
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“Low budgeted, rich cultural treasures”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

Despite the low budget to sustain the museum, it is full of cultural treasures that money can not buy. The museum guide, Mr. Gari Apolonio is very eloquent in sharing the museum's artifacts and exhibits.

Visited September 2012
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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“A quiet Place in Manila”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

Wow i found a place with awsome art and no people in Manila , the taxi driver on the way out was a complete idiot but what can you do . This is a great place to relax and not be bothered ..I highly recommend you visit this nice place , and they have a pretty cool cafe inside with enjoyable eats !

Visited May 2012
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Rome, Italy
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“Money museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

There is few free museums in the Philippines, it's open for public entrance to the Central Banks and quite strict. The museums in small but quite new and pleasant. We have audio guides but it's not necessary as we have lots of written info posted on the things shown. The money showcased were from the time of using gold as money and shows other "money" too. There were also "notes" uses by the rebels we call guerrillas during the occupation time. There are also old jewelry pieces shown which shows intricate designs typically used by old times and usually religious related like a necklace which looks similar to a rosary made in gold.

Visited May 2012
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Merelbeke, Belgium
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“under construction”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

when i visited (Sunday May 27th 2012), only few rooms were open to the public. The building is huge, and i guess only about 10% of the space had something on display. Here again, like in then National Museum (only a couple 100 metres away), the temperature is a welcome change from the heat.
The set-up is quite old-fashioned, but over-all you get a good impression of Philippino art. As in the National Museum, admission is free (I visited on a Sunday), it only takes filling up your name in the guest book.
There was a nice exhibition of Hidalgo, as well as an exhibition on Philippino clothing

Visited May 2012
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“Great art gallery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

The museum / art gallery is housed in a concrete edifice I was told was originally intended to be for a military museum and looks a bit like a concrete bunker next to the Central Bank building. The outer shell belies the beauty inside - a fairly spacious gallery with a number of pieces tastefully displayed. At the time of our visit most of the space was dedicated to contemporary Filipino artists with a small display of works by Luna and Hidalgo and a section with various religious icons. Unfortunately the gold and ceramics section was closed since we were visiting on a Saturday.

The museum is run by a civil society organisation set up in the 1970s in conjunction with the Central Bank, and the care they have given to the gallery and its exhibits is clear. Well worth a visit at about $2 to appreciate some of the history of Filipino art and more of its contemporary flavour.

Visited May 2012
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