Inside National Museum, Manila

Sunday, November 22, 2015 Justin Vawter 3 Comments


This is a dream come true. Shameful as it may sound, but I have never been to the National Museum. While it's close to my school, for some reason, I never got the chance to pay a visit except last Wednesday and the feeling was surreal. It was just a beautiful place. Since we were required to visit the place for my History of Architecture class and admission is free because of the APEC holiday, I grabbed the chance to explore it. And so here's a visual tour of National Museum, Manila.



A Brief History


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The building was originally designed as the public library by Ralph Harrington Doane, the American consulting architect of the Bureau of Public Works, and his assistant Antonio Toledo. Construction began in 1918 but was suspended several times because of lack of funds. When it was decided that the building should be used by the Legislature, the revisions of the plans was entrusted to Juan Arellano, then supervising architect of the Bureau. The building was inaugurated on 16 July 1926, and by then had cost four million pesos.
The building was part of Daniel Burnham's plan for the development of Manila. Upon its completion, the second, third, and fourth floors were occupied by the Senate and House of Representatives while the ground floor was occupied by the National Library. 
The 1934 Constitutional Convention was held in this building. On its front steps Manuel L. Quezon was sworn in as President of the Commonwealth. The Legislative Building was a casualty during the bombing and shelling of Manila in 1945. It was reconstructed in 1946 following the original plans but with some revisions, such as the replacement of flat pilasters of the stately rounded engaged columns. 
In mid-1996, the Senate of the Philippines moved out of the building. In 2003, renovation started to transform it into the National Art Gallery of the National Museum. 

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The National Museum of Anthropology or Museum of the Filipino People, formerly the Department of Finance building.

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Kalesa

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The Grand Marble Hall of the former Department of Finance Building.

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A portion of the Berlin Wall is currently exhibited.

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National Museum of Fine Arts


Formerly called the National Art Gallery, the National Museum of Fine Arts used to the old legislative building where the Old Senate Session Hall can be found. It is currently home to the country's important artworks such as the Spoliarium by Juan Luna. Originally designed by Ralph Harrington Doane as a library, it was redesigned by architect Juan Arellano to serve as a seat of the legislature.

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The clock tower of Manila City Hall as seen from the National Museum of Fine Arts.

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Untitled (Diwata) by Guillermo Tolentino

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Spoliarium by Juan Luna

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The famed spiral staircase.

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The Old Senate Hall.


Rizal Park


To end my trip, I went to Rizal Park in Luneta to catch the sunset and I have to say, it was the best I have seen of the city. It was super beautiful and clean as a result of the preparation of the 2015 APEC Summit.

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TERROR de Manila!

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How to Get here


Just ride a jeep/fx going to Manila City Hall and drop off at National Museum. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Entrance fee is Php 150 for adults, Php 120 for senior citizens and Php 50 for students. Free admissions on Sundays.

 Thank you for reading. New travel guides coming up this week so stay tuned.


Life is too short to live without adventure.

Cheers~!

- Justin -



3 comments:

  1. I have never been to the National Museum myself and I wish to visit it one day. Your pictures are very clear and lovely.

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  2. Ano po camera gamit mo? super ganda ng mga shots :)

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