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.
Markati Avenue cor. De La Rosa Street, Makati City, Philippines
The brainchild of the late artist Fernando Zóbel de Ayala y Montojo, the museum opened in 1967, with much of the initial collection donated by the artist’s family. Highlights include an extensive collection of pre-Hispanic gold objects, textiles, and maritime vessels. It also features artwork from top artists such as Zóbel de Ayala, Juan Luna, and Fernando Amorsolo. And don’t miss the 60 dioramas depicting key events in Philippine history, a highlight for many at the museum. There’s also a rotation of temporary exhibits and a café serving snacks and beverages.
Visitors can purchase a full admission pass, which covers the museum and all exhibits, or a pass just to view the temporary exhibits. The Ayala Museum features on many half-day and full-day sightseeing tours of Manila, along with other top attractions like Rizal Park and Fort Santiago. Cruise ship passengers or those on a layover can take a customized private tour.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Ayala Museum is a must-visit for those with an interest in Philippine culture and history.
Guided tours are available for a fee and should be booked in advance.
Audio guides in English and Tagalog are available for rent.
Photography is only allowed in certain parts of the museum.
The museum is wheelchair accessible.
There is free Wi-Fi in the museum.
How to Get There
The Ayala Museum is located in Makati, at the edge of the Greenbelt Shopping Center. It is walking distance from most of the top hotels in Makati, as well as the MRT Ayala Station.
When to Get There
The Ayala Museum is open daily, except on Mondays. As it doesn’t usually get too crowded, the museum is a good option when other museums and attractions are busy. The Ayala Museum also hosts a range of performances, talks, lectures, and special exhibitions. Check the calendar to see the latest schedule.
Filipinas Heritage Library
The Filipinas Heritage Library can be found on the sixth floor of the Ayala Museum and requires a separate admission fee. The library houses over 15,000 books, an extensive photo collection, and a collection of over a thousand contemporary titles on Philippine arts, culture, and history. The on-site conservation laboratory helps preserve old books and documents.
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