Last week we had our ‘field trip’ at the National Museum. I’ve always wanted to go on a museum-hopping so when my friends wanted to go somewhere, I suggested we visit the National museum since they’re near and best of all free!
The National Museum has 4 buildings: the main National Museum, the Planetarium, the National Museum of Anthropology, and the soon-to-open National Museum of Natural History. All branches are located around Rizal Park in Manila and open Tuesdays-Sundays 10:00 am-5:00 pm. There is no entrance fee except for the Planetarium’s full dome show which is 50php for non-students, 40php for senior citizens, and 30php for students.
HOW TO GET THERE
The National Museum is located at P. Burgos Drive Rizal Park, Manila. You can get there by jeepney going to T.M Kalaw and get off at Rizal Park’s Relief Map of the Philippines or Mabini Harrison and get off right in front of the main museum at P. Burgos drive. The nearest LRT station to Rizal Park is U.N. Avenue Station where you can get off and just walk towards T.M Kalaw street.
The main building of the National Museum (National Museum of Fine Arts) is a 4-storey art gallery that features works of Filipino artists from the national artists to the contemporary. It celebrates art and culture of the Philippines through out history.
The Planetarium has a dome that uses the GM-15 Goto Planetarium Projector to project astronomical bodies in their shows that aims to share astronomical information with the public. For a small fee you can watch any of their 3 shows: Hayabusa, A Planet for Goldilocks (the show we saw), and Journey to a Billion Suns. They also have a free exhibit that features constellations, space shuttles, and other dioramas of celestial bodies.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY
The National Museum of Anthropology contains the anthropology, archaeology and zoology division. It houses exhibits of the Ivory Trade, San Diego wreckage, National living Treasures, different ethnographic collections, “Kaban ng Lahi” archeological treasures, Baybayin, and many more.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
The National Museum of Natural History is set to open for the public on May 18, 2018 in celebration of International Museum Day.
It was an educational and fun-filled day for us. We got to know more about our country, its history and its people. As we walk through the halls of these museums we learn more of our heritage at the same time reflect on what’s happening in the present. It was definitely a day well spent. (◕ᴗ◕✿)