History Museums in Luzon

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History Museums in Luzon

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  • Czar Emmanuel
    Manila, Philippines6,062 contributions
    Other museums may boast of collections of every sort, but San Agustin Museum has the best in terms of religious items ... from religious articles (statues of Saints, liturgical vestments, books, linens, vessels and other paraphernalia) to objects related to the history of the early Augustinian missions in the Philippines and abroad. Everything is well documented and displayed in a very orderly way.

    The museum is adjacent to the San Pablo Church (aka San Agustin Church) and is divided into two floors built around a cloister. There are different exhibit rooms. Not to miss are the room dedicated to the works of Father Blanco (an Augustinian botanist), the antique jars' room, the old sacristy, the community Chapter Room, the gallery of statues of Saints, the choir loft, etc. The grand staircase leading to the second floor is lovely, while all the corridors around the cloister are instagrammable and evoke a sense of nostalgia. Entrance fee is Php 200 for adults.
    Written 11 September 2022
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  • Explorerold
    Quezon City, Philippines216 contributions
    I've been to the National Museum of Fine Arts years ago and was not aware that there are other National Museum buildings around like the Natural History and Anthropology.

    During my last visit, i think we paid an entrance fee but now, it's totally free. The building is undergoing minor renovation from the outside but it won't spoil your visit don't worry. Overall i was really amazed especially with the San Diego warship of the Spanish navy.

    The trade between various Asian cultures is nice too. There are other interesting things too which are too many to mention. This should be in anyone's wishlist. One day is not enough i guess to be fully immersed.

    I wish i am able to read all the description and look into the artifact's details and all that but time is so limited. I might visit this place again if i have the time but i will have to come early next time.
    Written 17 March 2020
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  • Paul S
    Makati, Philippines90 contributions
    Quite small but interesting local history. There is also a 4D cinema attached with quite a dramatic movie and effects. Make sure ur belongings are safe in ur pocket
    Written 11 June 2022
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  • Danny S
    6 contributions
    If you want see a little bit of Calatagan, you should visit EZ's Museum. They have also souveniers from Calatagan
    Written 20 January 2017
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  • Allan D
    Metro Manila, Philippines5 contributions
    Kawit, Cavite equals Emilio Aguinaldo. Now who would have thought that Aguinaldo would have his own museum in Baguio, 270km away from Kawit? I like history, but museum guide Melay showed me a lot of things I didn't know about Philippine history in general and Aguinaldo in particular. I am just thankful that the Aguinaldo family preserved and put on display what they did--among which were the original Philippine flag raised in Kawit and the battle flag that Aguinaldo carried with him throughout his campaigns against the Spaniards and his protracted retreat from the Americans. Regretfully the panel detailing Aguinaldo's version of the arrest, trial, and execution of Andres Bonifacio was not yet ready when I visited. But that just gives me a reason to visit again!
    Written 13 May 2019
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  • rachell a
    Houston, Texas, United States204 contributions
    My husband and I vacationed with my sister, brother-in-law (BIL), and my parents during the Christmas holidays. One of the sites we decided to go to was Intramuros in Manila. I am sure glad we went because it is a beautiful experience. You learn about the country's history through interesting pictures and summaries.

    I would recommend coming here if ever in the area. It is a beautiful museum and interesting to learn about Philippine history.
    Written 3 February 2020
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  • Jerome M
    Baguio, Philippines70 contributions
    The pieces were very well curated. Everything was so beautiful. The price was very cheap. A must-go visit when you go to Baguio.
    Written 9 December 2019
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  • AaronCris
    Quezon City, Philippines135 contributions
    I am a proud Filipino. Going inside to the Malacanang Palace and Presidential Museum was fun. I learned more about our past and current Presidents of this country. Mind you all that if you want to have a tour, you have to send them an request letter through their website and wait for the confirmation. And just follow the house rules inside the museum.
    Written 2 August 2019
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  • biggixer
    Cambridgeshire, UK71 contributions
    Set inside a school and former military barracks this is a must see museum.
    This historically significant site, which is also the location of the 'Surrender Site', is a must see for Filipino, American and other nationalities who have any interest in the horrors of WW2 and the history of the Philippines during Japanese occupation. This small museum documents the events of the surrender and the subsequent Bataan Death March. A sobering piece of history.
    Currently its P50 admission for adults.
    Written 16 February 2020
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  • Czar Emmanuel
    Manila, Philippines6,062 contributions
    This is one of the few museums I know of and I've been to dedicated to waterwork system! As such, it's like an important piece of puzzle rarely discussed in Philippine history courses offered us at school. Needless to say, water is a crucial part of human history. We cannot survive without it. And I'm glad that the NHCP, along with other agencies, has decided to undertake a series of researches, studies and works of restoration that eventually led to the opening of this museum just last February 2019.

    Located only a few meters away from the City Hall of San Juan and the famous Pinaglabanan Memorial Shrine and practically a few steps away from the Museo ng Katipunan, this small museum is a most welcomed cultural site in the city. It takes you back in time, to the Spanish era, and makes you marvel at how people lived at that time and where they got their water from. I didn't know that right under the vast Pinaglabanan Plaza is a cavernous series of water reservoirs that provided Manila and its neighboring towns with drinkable water before other water sources were tapped. This explains the museum's name -- El Deposito. It provided water to Manila's fountains and hydrants (among other things).

    The El Deposito is a two-storey museum with three galleries on the upper floor. On the ground floor you'll find an AVR that projects a short video clip on the history and the construction of the waterwork system in site. It prepares you and helps you understand the items on display on the second floor.

    Upstairs there are three galleries to visit. Gallery 1 is on life in the city before the waterworks started; Gallery 2 is about the Carriedo waterworks; and Gallery 3 is a shrine where you'll find some of the artifacts associated with and discovered during the excavations, a time line of the history of the waterworks from its very beginning up to the currently on-going researches, etc. There is also a very interesting room that virtually takes you to the KKK revolt at Pinaglabanan.

    I would very highly recommend a visit to this museum not only to students studying Philippine history, but to history buffs in general. The museum is open daily (except on Mondays) from 8am to 4pm. Entrance is free.
    Written 29 September 2019
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  • Czar Emmanuel
    Manila, Philippines6,062 contributions
    After years of neglect and abandonment, I'm glad that actions were taken leading to the restoration of this historical site in 1973. The event that took place here way back in 1896 is an important piece of Philippine history. The KKK revolt headed by Andres Bonifacio at that time was the first in a series of uprisings that eventually led to our independence from Spanish rule which lasted for almost 400 years.

    Today you'll find a vast plaza with trees, plants and benches. You'll also find a sculpture by Eduardo Castrillo (called the "Spirit of Pinaglabanan") on the square. It is flanked by the City Hall of San Juan and two small museums -- namely, the Museo ng Katipunan and the recently inaugurated Museo El Deposito. Directly under the square us a cavernous series of water reservoirs that once provided Manila and neighboring towns with water.
    Written 29 September 2019
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  • Andrew M
    Monterey County, CA312 contributions
    Our go to mall when we’re here in the Philippines 🇵🇭. Not too big not too small, just right to visit and hang out (cool off). Food court have varieties to choose from. I don’t know why this is the first time I’m writing a review for this place since I’ve been here many times. Anyways, its a must visit when in Quezon City.
    Written 25 October 2019
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  • Maria Francesca
    Batangas Province, Philippines41 contributions
    The place is well maintained, but is lacking in artifacts. There are numerous pictures of Miguel Malvar and an audio video presentation as well.
    Written 23 March 2018
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  • travelbud.net
    Luzon, Philippines113 contributions
    Beautiful place especially during weekdays. Before the lockdown If I have the time to go in Pasig I often have my mass here especially at saturdays.
    Written 8 July 2020
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