One Sunday morning, I woke up with an urge to go somewhere. Make use of my usual weekend on a far better activity. While cooking breakfast, and googling on my phone, I found out about the free entrance for the Museums & Planetarium on Sundays. Then right away I decided that “YES” no more 2nd thoughts.
So with the help of some blogs and the National Museum main website , by 10am, I am already informed of what things to do, rides to take etc. So after 2.5 hrs of traveling by Tricycle, Bus and a Jeepney here I am now, in front of Corinthian columns and Renaissance inspired sculptural forms of the main Building of the National Museum.
OVERVIEW:The National Museum of the Philippines (Filipino: Pambansang Museo ng Pilipinas) is a government institution in the Philippines and serves as an educational, scientific and cultural institution in preserving the various permanent national collections featuring the ethnographic, anthropological, archaeological and visual artistry of the Philippines.
The National Museum operates the National Museum of Fine Arts, National Museum of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, and National Planetarium, all located in the vicinity of Rizal Park.
I started my own personal tour at The Museum of the Filipino People.
This post are photos from the National Art Gallery
The Spoliarium is the most valuable oil-on-canvas painting by Juan Luna, a Filipino educated at the Academia de Dibujo y Pintura (Philippines) and at the Academia de San Fernando in Madrid, Spain. With a size of 4.22 meters x 7.675 meters, it is the largest painting in the Philippines. A historical painting, it was made by Luna in 1884 as an entry to the prestigious Exposicion de Bellas Artes (Madrid Art Exposition, May 1884) and eventually won for him the First Gold Medal.
Done by National Artists Guillermo Tolentino and Felix Resurrection Hidalgo
“The Progress of Medicine in the Philippines”, a set of 4 large paintings by National Artist Carlos ” Botong” V. Francisco (1912-1969)
Crispin V. Lopez ; Gene Cabrera ; Fernando Amorsolo ; Felix Santiago
Academic and Romantic Art
Classical Art from the 20th Century
Homage to Dr. Jose P. Rizal (1861-1896), known widely for his patriotism and acclaimed novels Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo.
Drawings of Fernando C. Amorsolo
Works of Guillermo E. Tolentino
Gallery of the Via Crucis of an unknown Bohol Master
Christian themed art in the Philippines was prevalent in the 17th to the 19 centuries when parts of the country were under Spanish colonial rule.
Alcuaz Tapestries by Federico Aguilar Alcuaz (1932-2011)
This gallery holds what are considered to be the treasures of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Collection.
Interior d’un Café (Parisian Life) by Juan Luna Y Novicio (1857-1899)
Helpful Information :
The National Museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Free admission on Sundays.
Individual Fee (PHP)
Senior Citizen 120.00
Location: P. Burgos Drive, Rizal Park, Manila
NOTE: Cap/Hat, Selfie Sticks are NOT allowed inside the museum.