5 Modern Museums Around Metro Manila to Visit During Weekends

5 Modern Museums Around Metro Manila to Visit During Weekends

Museums are the perfect place to acquire new knowledge regarding our history, to admire the different artworks that artists have invested for years or to take a quick weekend visit with your friends and families.

You are probably familiar with the National Museums and the other museums out there where you can rekindle with our past to see what our ancestors have been up to, but modern museums have been taking the scene by storm recently. You don’t even have to travel far with the many diverse museums you can find around Metro Manila!

If you are wondering, modern museums are avenues for artists and curators, in this day and age, to showcase their artworks to the viewers and to celebrate the evolution of the form and diversity of art. They offer similar feeling and excitement you would get from the old museums but through new experiences.

Here are 5 Modern Museums around Metro Manila you can go to during your free time during the weekends!

Metropolitan Museum of Manila

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Considered as one of the major museums in the country, located along Roxas Boulevard, the Metropolitan Museum of Manila is an excellent avenue for those who want to admire and get inspired by the evolution of Modern Filipino Art. The museum currently showcases different modern and contemporary artworks from local artists, as well as some pre-colonial items, such as the pre-colonial gold ornaments, in the display cases. The museum has three floors, with distinct characteristics, that you can explore the whole day. You can also avail their guided tours for a more detailed discussion regarding the showcased artworks.

Museum Operating Hours:
Monday-Saturday (10:00 am – 5:30 pm)
Closed on Sundays and Holidays
Prices:
Free admission – Every Tuesday and Saturdays
M, W-F rates: Php 100 for Adults | Php 90 for Students and Adults (min. of 50 people) | Php 80 for Senior Citizens and PWDs | Php 500 for Guided Tours
Contact Details:
Telephone: (02) 708 7828
Email: info@metmuseum.ph

Yuchengco Museum

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Opened in 2005, the Yuchengco Museum was built by Alfonso Yuchengco, one of the most prominent businessmen around the world, as an avenue to showcase his art collection and to create a place where people can celebrate the diversity of art and culture. The museum currently showcases art and design works from different local and international artists such as Juan Luna and Fernando Amorsolo. Visitors can witness astounding works of art that depict the rich culture of Filipino life in unique styles. You can also spot some of Jose Rizal’s memorabilia, like his love letters, in the museum. Guided tours and unique workshops are also offered by the museum.

Museum Operating Hours:
Monday-Saturday (10:00 am – 6:00 pm)
Closed on Sundays and Holidays
Price:
Monday to Saturday: Php 100 for Adults | Php 50 for Students/PWDs/Senior Citizens | Free for YGC employees
Contact Details:
Telephone: (632) 889-1234
Email: info@yuchengcomuseum.org

Museum of Contemporary Art and Design

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Join us tomorrow, April 23 (Tuesday), from 2 PM – 5 PM in the creation of a new world map on the walls of the museum for the last performance of Terra Incognita, Et Cetera by Tintin Wulia at MCAD Manila. ⠀ ⠀ Terra Incognita, Et Cetera is an exercise in collective painting and a spin on territorial marking. The game is intended to fulfill the human desire to claim and name, while at the same time demystifying the power of maps. ⠀ ⠀ Tintin Wulia (b. 1972, Denpasar, Indonesia) lives and works between Brisbane, Australia and Gothenburg, Sweden. She represented the Indonesian Pavillion at the 2017 Venice Biennale. ⠀ ⠀ Terra Incognita, Et Cetera is a part of 'the center will not hold' exhibition which runs until 5 May 2019. ⠀ ⠀ Photo by At Maculangan ⠀ #mcadTCWNH

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If you are looking for a perfect example of a contemporary art museum and a gallery space combined, you should visit the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) located near the College of St. Benilde, Malate, Manila. The museum is a vast and perfect space to showcase modern and contemporary artworks fixed by world-renowned local and international artists and curators. There’s no other place in the Philippines to witness these kinds of contemporary artworks. Student artworks are featured in their exhibitions, as part of their curriculum. Aside from this, the museum also offers film exhibits, for film enthusiasts, and performance exhibits, for performance art enthusiasts.

Museum Operating Hours:
Tuesdays-Fridays (10:00 am -6:00 pm)
Saturday (10:00 am – 2:00 pm)
Price:
For prices, contact MCAD for more details (around Php 100-200)
Contact Details:
Telephone: (02) 230 5100
Email: mcad@benilde.edu.ph

The Dessert Museum

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Are you craving for some fun and exciting adventure with some delicious desserts? Worry no more, as the makers of the famous Inflatable Island bring you, the Dessert Museum. As the name suggests, the museum is full of modern art exhibits but in the form of world-famous desserts. You are in for a ride as you go through 8 fun-filled rooms with different themes, such as the Donut Room and the Marshmallow Room. Visitors should also expect to get mouth-watering desserts from the staff and more information about the dessert artworks. Beef up your Instagram feed with the unique art the museum offers. The tour package includes the entrance for the eight rooms of the museum, as well as, the free desserts you would be enjoying as you stroll along with the colorful rooms of the museum.

Museum Operating Hours:
Everyday (10:00 am -10:00 pm)
Price:
Php 699 for Online Bookings & Php 899 for Walk-Ins
Contact Details:
Telephone: (02) 838 7927
Email: hello@thedessertmuseum.com

The Mind Museum

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Experience 250 hands-on and interactive informational exhibits created by renowned Filipino scientists and designers in the first world-class science museum in the country. The Mind Museum has been one of the most recognized science museums in the metro as it introduces a modern take on science and art. The goal of the museum is to let the visitors appreciate the importance of science through the use of art as a medium. As you travel through the five galleries with different themes, you will have a unique experience that you will genuinely cherish even after you exit the museum. No matter if you’re 6 or 96 years old, you will get to appreciate the beauty of the combination of science and art through the different interactions available in the museum, such as the Universe gallery and the Earth gallery.

Museum Operating Hours:
Tuesday-Sunday (9:00 am – 6:00 pm)
Closed on Mondays and Holidays
Price:
For 3 Hours:
Php 600 for Adults | Php 450 for Children and Private School Students | Php 150 for Public School Students
All Day Pass:
Php 750 for everyone
Contact Details:
Telephone: (02) 909 6463
Email: inquiry@themindmuseum.org

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Written by: Dave Recto — your average college guy from De La Salle University who likes to read, take photos, and play volleyball. Catch me on Instagram @czarrecto_15
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