A day in our National Museum - Philippines

Oct 29, 2014

        Yesterday, my friend Jomar and I went to the National Museum. Because they are celebrating their anniversary, there was a free admission until October 31. I'm just not sure when it started.

        It was my first time to visit since I didn't grow up in the Philippines. It was a dream come true to finally see the Spolarium painting.

        For the first floor of the museum, there are more than 10 galleries full of paintings and sculptures. I personally love the gallery where the works of Fernando Amorsolo, who is the great grandfather of Paolo Balestero, were displayed in.

        His paintings are incomparable! His portraits were so good it seemed like a digital photograph from afar. However, there was this painting that he didn't get to finish. I don't know why he wasn't able to finish it.

        My friend showed me this three paintings and it made me say "wow". It shows the different paintings in different type of board: canvas, wood, & lawanit board.
        I will also provide other photos taken from my phone since my digital camera did not function well in the low light rooms of the museum.

        I will not provide the names of the author because I want you to check it out yourself. I encourage you to visit the museum and appreciate the work of art displayed there.

        It's also amazing to realize how an art would speak of the events or emotions happening at the time it was made. Like fore example the above photo that speaks of suffering & grief. This was a painting after the World War. It gives us an idea what the people were going through at that time.

        This is the room of sculptures and I must say, I'm more appreciative of sculptures and/or carvings because I know they are much harder to do than a painting.

        I specifically love the these three sculptures because it portrays the emotion very well which is quite hard to do for this kind of art.

        We got into this room full of wood carvings and I totally fell in love with this side altar. I stood there for minutes just staring at it.

        We also went to the gallery intended to give tribute to our national hero, Jose Rizal. I didn't miss the chance to take a selfie with him. 
        Here were some of the photos I took from the galleries. These are just some of those paintings or artworks that really got me interested.

        I really love oil painting because you can really see the details. It just amazes me how well artists get to put different colors together.
        Their free admission is until October 31. But for regular days, they have a Php 150 admission fee for adults & Php 50 for students. They are open every Tuesdays & Saturdays, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. They are closed on Mondays and certain public holidays.


1) Don't bring too much valuables because bags are not allowed inside.
2) Tripods including the famous selfie pods are not allowed.
3) Flash photography, commercial photography and videography is NOT allowed.
4) Bringing of pens and other art materials are also not allowed.
5) Food, drinks and any organic materials may not be deposited in the checkroom.

        For other information, you may check or reach the National Museum management through the following:
National Museum
Address: P. Burgos Avenue, Rizal Park, Manila 1000
Tel. No.: (02) 527-1215
E-mail: nationalmuseumph@yahoo.com
Website: www.nationalmuseum.gov.ph
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nationalmuseumofthephilippines
Twitter & Instagram: @natmuseumph
        If you've been there, share your experience and link your blog post below or simply comment your experience on the disqus comment box below.
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