Although I had my internship in 2011 at the Department of Tourism (DOT) (whose building is what is currently being renovated as the future National Museum of Natural History), I was not able to go around afraid that I might get lost. I also have not seen the Rizal Monument (which is a few meters away the former DOT Building) and always have been dying to take a picture with it. So several years after… I finally got the chance to explore Manila on October 2016 with the help of my boyfriend. We also brought my 11-year old niece with us because it is important to instil in children the appreciation of our own history, culture and arts which doesn’t usually happen during school field trips. Besides, entrance to all national museums in the country is free to all, locals or foreign visitors!
After our visit to the National Museum, we went straight to the Luneta or Rizal Park! Most exciting part of the day! 😛
(Photo above: My niece took this photo. We were not aware of the background.)
…and finally, Luneta Park! ❤
ABOUT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM
The National Museum of the Philippines is located at the Philippine capital, Manila. It is one of the oldest buildings in Manila built in 1918 and inaugurated in 1926, originally designed as the public library but was later on decided to be used by the Legislature. It was first occupied by the Philippine Senate and the House of Representatives while the ground floor was occupied by the National Library. It is a very historical building considering that the former Commonwealth President Manuel L. Quezon swore into office at the front steps of the building; the 1934 Constitutional Convention was also held in the building; and it was a casualty during the bombing of Manila in 1945 and was later on reconstructed in 1946. In 1996, the Senate moved out from the building to the GSIS Building in Pasay City. The building was renovated in 2003 to transform it into the National Art Gallery.
VISITING HOURS: The National Museums are open from Tuesdays to Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
If we are to look at the map, the National Museum and Luneta Park is located near each other, and near Intramuros or “the Walled City,” the Manila Ocean Park, Manila Cathedral, and several other historical places in Manila. It is easy to go around the area by walking or riding public transportation or jeepneys.
Map showing historical landmarks in Manila.
HOW TO GET THERE: You may visit this website for directions.
COST INCURRED: The trip did not hurt our pockets since the entrance to the National Museums is free. We only had to spend for our jeepney fares and lunch.
Visit the official website of the National Museum for more information.