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Museums in Manila

Museums in Manila

Manila is the capital of the Philippines and one of the most densely populated cities in the world.  Manila has been damaged by wars and rebuilt more than most of today’s megacities.

The Spanish city of Manila was founded in 1571 based on a settlement that had already existed since 1258. Manila is home to many historic sites, some of which were built during the 16th century.

As the cultural centre of the Philippines, Manila is the home to several museums.

The National Museum Complex of the National Museum of the Philippines, located in Rizal Park, is composed of the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Anthropology, the National Museum of Natural History, and the National Planetarium.

The city also hosts the National Library, Mabini Shrine, the DLS-CSB Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, UST Museum of Arts and Sciences, and the UP Museum of a History of Ideas.

Bahay Tsinoy documents the Chinese lives and contributions in the history of the Philippines. The Intramuros Light and Sound Museum chronicles the Filipinos desire for freedom under various revolutionary leaders.

The Metropolitan Museum of Manila is a museum of modern and contemporary visual arts exhibits the Filipino arts and culture.

Other museums in the city are the Museum of Manila, Museo Pambata, and Plaza San Luis.

Ecclesiastical museums include the Parish of the Our Lady of the Abandoned in Santa Ana, the San Agustin Church Museum and the Museo de Intramuros.

Museums in Manila

  • National Museum Complex, Manila
  • National Museum of Fine Arts, Manila
  • National Museum of Anthropology, Manila
  • National Museum of Natural History, Manila
  • National Museum of the Philippines
  • Metropolitan Museum of Manila
  • Museo Pambata
  • The Mind Museum
  • Bahay Tsinoy
  • Museum of Contemporary Art and Design
  • Money Museum
  • Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center
  • Ateneo Art Gallery


  • City:                                   Manila
  • Country:                             Philippines
  • Filipino:                              Republika ng Pilipinas
  • Capital:                               Manila
  • Languages:                        Filipino, English
  • Population:                        100 million

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