VISIT TO UST MUSEUM
Date of Submission: December 14, 2011
As a Thomasian, it is just appropriate to visit the UST Museum where it showcases its rich collection of artifacts and important figures that defines our history. Here’s an historical background of the museum.
The UST Museum is the oldest museum in the Philippines featuring a rich natural history collection, with a diorama of selected Philippine fauna. Other exhibits include the ethnography collection (cultural artifacts), the oriental arts collection (ceramic), and the hall of Philippine religious images. Started as a Gabinete de Fisica, an observation room of mineral, botany and biology collections in the 17th century. Under the old Spanish educational law the collections were used as classroom materials for the courses in science especially in Medicine and Pharmacy. Fr. Ramon Martinez, O.P., a professor of Natural History, founded the UST Museum of Arts and Sciences in 1871. However, it was Fr. Casto de Elera, O.P., who started to systematically gather and catalogue all the collections, some of which date back to 1682. Considered the oldest school-based museum in the Philippines, the UST Museum became a repository of scientific and artistic articles and objets d’art. Starting in 1941, it acquired the works of Filipino masters such as Fernando and Pablo Amorsolo, Carlos Francisco, Vicente Manansala, and Galo Ocampo. The Museum has permanent displays for specimens of Natural History; Ethnographic materials; Oriental Arts objects; Philippine Religious images; Paintings; and Coins, Medals, and Memorabilia. The painting collection includes works from the 17th to the 20th century. As you enter the Museum, you’ll find on the ground floor is the Natural History section, a collection of preserved animals used for Gabinete de Fisica, originally. The collection consists of different species of different animals from birds, mammals, wild animals, reptiles, marsupials, aquatic animals, domesticated...
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