The National Museum of the Philippines or NM is a government agency museum that includes research and conservation programs within the museum and throughout the archipelago. The museum houses three buildings in Manila; the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Anthropology and and the National Planetarium that are repositories of the natural and cultural history of Filipinos and our environment. The collection ranges from thousands of years ago to the present. In addition, there are NM regional, area and site museums located in the Vigan, Kiangan, Kabayan, Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs, Tabaco, Quezon (Palawan), Bohol, Zamboanga, Butuan and Jolo. Soon we will open our Batanes and Tagbilaran Area Museums and Iloilo Regional Museum.With our world travel planner, Manila attractions like National Museum Of Anthropology can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
We will also open a fourth building in Manila: the National Museum of Natural History in the former Department of Tourism Building (historically the Department of Agriculture and Commerce, designed by architect Antonio Toledo). It will tell the story of the Philippines' mega biodiversity and unique geological formation. We will open the NMNH to the public on May 18, 2018.
From July 1, 2016, admission is free to all museums and facilities for both local and foreign visitors. No need to book or present an ID. Just register at the desk. If your group consists of 20 or more persons, please read below as you need to reserve to guarantee admission.
Our Museum Hours are the same in all NM: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm, except for the National Planetarium, which opens at 8:30 am. LAST DAILY ADMISSION for viewers is at 4:30 pm. The only holidays on which we are closed to the public are on November 1, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Black Saturday. We are closed every Monday for cleaning and maintenance.
Sundays are dedicated only to individuals and for family visitors but not for groups of 20 or more. Group tours are only entertained from Tuesday to Saturday and must be coursed through the National Museum's Visitor Operations at (02) 5277889, Monday-Friday, 8 am-12 noon, 1-5 pm or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please book at least one week in advance.
Please take note of our visitor guidelines:
Our guidelines help protect the National Collection and ensure your safe and enjoyable experience.
The following items are NOT permitted in the galleries:
• Art materials (including ink pens) other than pencils
• Bags and camera bags larger than 33 x 43 cm.
• Backpacks, baby backpack carriers or other bulky items
• Food and drink
• Plants, flowers or other organic materials
• Tripods and video cameras
• Long umbrellas
• Wrapped packages including gifts
The following items CANNOT be checked:
• Plants or flowers
• Food and drink
• All items are subject to security inspection.
The National Museum reserves the right to refuse to check any item. The checkrooms stop accepting items 30 minutes prior to closing. The National Museum is not responsible for items lost, damaged or unclaimed.
There is no dress code when visiting the National Museum. However, we would like to request visitors to dress appropriately, keeping in mind due consideration of sensitivities other visitors may have.
You are welcome to photograph the permanent collection for personal, nondistributional and noncommercial use. We ask you to please refrain from taking wacky shots in front of exhibitions or blocking the way of other visitors along hallways and other public spaces in order to pose for photos. Tripods, monopods and selfie sticks are also not allowed.
The following is NOT permitted:
• Photography of certain loan and temporary exhibitions
• Flash photography
The museum is accessible for those who are mobility impaired. However, wheelchair use is restricted in special exhibitions due to space limitations. Those with other disabilities could make special arrangements with our museum guides.
There is free parking within the vicinity of the National Museum buildings. Please ask the guards manning the gates or entrances and they will direct you to available spaces.
Our facilities are for museum patrons only.
National Museum Of Anthropology Reviews
A Manila ci sono svariati musei. Alcuni musei monumentali si trovano a Luneta, il posto dove c'è il Rizal Park. Il museo di Antropologia è collocato in quella che era la sede del Dipartimento delle Fi... more »There are several museums in Manila. Some monumental museums are located in Luneta, the place where Rizal Park is located. The Museum of Anthropology is located in what was the headquarters of the Department of Finance, appropriately renovated and aimed at hosting this museum, still in the process of completion. Free entry, full of students. There are five floors, but only three are exhibition, on various thematic rooms. Level-4: past writings, traditional fabrics/clothes, varied crafts made with plant fibers, rice. Level-3: Archaeological treasures, faith tradition and art (Lumad) bells and weapons Level-2: the treasures of the San Diego G: Ifugao house in the courtyard Level-4 They made movies with craftsmen who can still do these works of the past, on used plants, on how they are cut and treated to make objects of every daily use, such as the fish trap of the previous photo, the intertwined sphere with which they play ball, the mats on which they were One section deals with ancient Filipino languages. There was also a written alphabet, represented on a T-shirt, but with the arrival of the Augustinians, spread throughout the islands, it switched to the current alphabet. Another section deals with fabrics – precious ones made with pineapple leaves – and Filipino designers. A room is dedicated to rice and its treatment. Level-3 There are archaeological and modern treasures. Then weapons and bells, and a 'Lumad' review of things from Mindanao, the island to the south with a Level-2 Islamic region There is an exhibition of the artifacts recovered from San Diego, which toured the Indies and China, then shipwrecked with a rich load of valuables. This exhibition has been going on in Europe and the USA.
The museum exhibits Ethnological and Archaeological pieces collected and preserved from the different parts of the Philippines. Entrance fee is free and open from 10 am to 5 am every Tuesdays to Sunda... more »
This was one the best experiences I've had while in the Philippines. This museum is currently free!! This is the perfect sized museum. Just the right amount of exhibits. So many interesting pieces to see. Phillipines has such a great history and the rest of the world needs to learn about this amazing country.
A very nice, well curated museum of Philippine artifacts. Certainly worth a visit since it is free and the exhibits offer much learning experience. I suggest at least half a day to really absorb everything but can take one hour if you only want to take pictures of yourself--like a lot of other people did.
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