If you want to explore the Philippines' rich cultural heritage, go to the National Museum of the Philippines. You can spend one whole day walking around the museum's various rooms exhibiting paintings, sculptures and other artifacts dating back to pre-Hispanic settlement. The museum is conveniently located near the Manila City Hall within the area of Rizal Park. So, finding the building of the National Museum of he Philippines is quite simple and a visit to it ensures that you learn and appreciate the country's heritage at your leisure.

Preserving the Philippines' Heritage

The vision of the National Museum of the Philippines focuses in its commitment in the preservation and protection of the Filipino nation's legacy, common identity, national patrimony and cultural heritage. Its goals primarily comprise diverse fields of knowledge emphasizing cultural, educational and scientific activities. The National Museum of the Philippines is recognized as an educational and scientific institution as well as a cultural center.

As a cultural center, the National Museum of the Philippines leads the way in the rebuilding of the Philippines' rich cultural history through studies and preservation activities focusing on the country's artistic, cultural and historic heritage. The museum also organizes exhibitions, lectures and interviews. It also produces publications which the general public and students can benefit from. As a scientific institution, the National Museum of the Philippines also undertakes various basic research programs which generally combine laboratory and field work. Research disciplines mainly focus on anthropology and archeology, botany and zoology, and geology and paleontology. Reference collections on these various disciplines are also maintained by the museum and students may conduct their own researches at the museum.

The Museum's Establishment

The structure of the National Museum of the Philippines used to be the home of the Philippine Congress and Senate as well as the Department of Finance. But the museum only moved to its present location in 1995 and 1996. Initially established in 1901 as the country's official repository of its cultural and natural heritage, it was called a museum of ethnography and natural history. Today, the museum aims to instill a sense of nationalism and pride as well as cultural consciousness among the Filipino people.

The present location of the National Museum of the Philippines was designed by an American architect named Daniel Burnham in 1918. The museum now occupies the main building or the old Congress building. Adjacent to this museum is the old Finance building which now houses the National Museum of the Filipino People which exhibits the Anthropology and Archeology Divisions of the National Museum of the Philippines. It is in this location that you can find Juan Luna's Spolarium as well as other famous works of Filipino artists.

The new location of the National Museum of the Philippines was opened with a permanent exhibit called 'The Story of the Filipino People' and a traveling exhibit called 'The Treasures of San Diego' which has already traveled to Berlin, Madrid, New York and Paris. After your visit to the museum, you can stroll around the Rizal Park before proceeding to your other planned activities in Manila.