Manila's history has seen it exposed to a variety of international influences and this has certainly played a major role in contributing to the cultural venues and museums that it now has to offer.
The National Museum of the Philippines is arguably the highlight of this cultural scene in Manila and the one place not to miss, especially if you are at all interested in the events of the past in the city itself and other parts of the country too. Also very popular in Manila is the Children's Museum (Museo Pambata), which always makes for a very enjoyable afternoon out for families.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE PHILIPPINES
Address: Padre Burgos Street, Rizal Park, Manila, Philippines, PH Tel: +63 02 527 1215
This cultural attraction dates back to 1901 when it was founded as the Insular Museum of Ethnology, Natural History and Commerce. The museum is home to an extensive collection of artefacts related to the history of the city of Manila and the Philippines as a whole. Highlights include the skull of 'Tabon Man' - the oldest skeletal human remains found anywhere in the archipelago. Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 09:00 to 17:00
CASA MANILA MUSEUM
Address: Luna Street, Manila, Philippines, PH
Tel: +63 02 527 4084
Housed in a replica of a traditional 19th century city home, the Casa Manila Museum features a collection of displays and exhibits that illustrate how the city's affluent residents lived in its period under Spanish control. The house's interior has been recreated to look exactly as it might have in the colonial era. Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 09:00 to 12:00, 13:00 to 18:00 Admission: charge
MUSEUM OF ARTS AND SCIENCES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS (UST)
Address: Espana Calle, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines, PH Tel: +63 02 781 1815
The Museum of Arts and Sciences boasts an extraordinary history, since although it was not officially established until the 1870s, it does actually date...