A surging megacity full of honking jeepneys, brightly colored tricycles, and an all-around crazy energy, the Philippine Manila is a sensory overload that visitors either love or hate. Here’s how to ensure you love it, even if you have one day.
Art in Island Interactive Museum
175 15th Ave, Cubao, Quezon City, Manila, 1109
Gain access to Art in Island for a significant charge. Instagrammers will love the museum, while it’s also a great choice for families with older children. It’s worth booking tickets ahead of time, particularly over holidays and weekends, to beat the long lines. Allow at least two hours for your visit, as the museum spans over 40,000 square feet (3,800 square meters). Consider popping around the corner to view contemporary Philippine art at the Sining Kamalig gallery once you’re done.
Things to Know Before You Go
Art in Island is a must for Instagrammers and a great choice with kids, too.
Wear socks, as you’ll have to take your shoes off. Loose clothing allows you to throw fun poses.
Air-conditioning can make Art in Island quite chilly. Bring a sweater.
Friendly staff are happy to advise on poses and take pictures for solo travelers and groups alike.
Art in Island is wheelchair-accessible, but individual artworks may not be.
How to Get There
Art in Island is located in Cubao, part of Quezon City, in Metro Manila, about 7 miles (11 kilometers) east of Intramuros. It’s about half a mile (800 meters) from the Araneta Center–Cubao LRT station (line 2). Families with children may prefer the convenience of a private driver or a tour that includes door-to-door transfers.
When to Get There
Art in Island is open from morning until late in the evening from Tuesday to Sunday. On weekends and public holidays, lines at the exhibits can be long. Visit earlier in the day during the working week for a less crowded experience. Don’t even think about visiting during Easter vacation.
The Rise of 3D Trick-Art Museums in Asia
Opened in 2014, Art in Island is one of Asia’s largest 3D trick-art museums. Museums such as Art in Island, which trade in optical illusions, are insanely popular in Southeast Asia: Indonesia alone boasts more than 10. Low incomes and passports that restrict world travel mean that the closest many Southeast Asian visitors will come to Venice or ancient Egypt is posing for a selfie in a 3D art museum.