National Museum of the Philippines

Welcome to National Museum of the Philippines

National Museum of the Philippines is a great place to visit if you are fond of arts. I remember that way back when I was a child, I used to love those beautiful masterpieces that I only see on our school textbooks. How I wish that one day, I will be able to see those artworks made by our National artists in reality. Fortunately, National Museum is now FREE on admission. For that reason, It made my childhood dream come true.

National Museum of the Philippines serves as an educational and cultural government institution. It focus on preserving the various permanent national collections that features ethnographic, anthropological, archaeological and visual artistry of the Philippines. Since 1998, the National Museum has been the regulatory and enforcement agency of the National Government. It restores and safeguards the important cultural properties, sites and reservations throughout the Philippines.

How to get there?

We drive from Quezon City to National Museum. It took almost an hour for us to get there. When we arrived on our destination, we parked the car near the National Museum building. Fortunately, there is an available parking slot. The place is not overcrowded since we visit the museum on weekday.

Inside the Museum

One the entrance of the museum, there is a log book on the reception area that needs to fill out first before entering the museum. Important details like name, address, contact number and purpose of visit are the usual questions that need to fill out. Your bags need to check and left on the reception area. While only your important things should be carry like cellphones and wallet before exploring the museum.

The hall way of National Museum with display artworks on both sides of the wall.

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Beautiful Chandelier inside the National Art Gallery.

Remembering Jose Joya

Aside from BenCab, one of the national artist that I fell in love with regards of the creativity and authenticity towards artwork is Jose Joya.

Nudes by Jose Joya

Majority of his artworks are described as “vigorous compositions”. Regarding on his technique, heavy impasto, bold brushstrokes, controlled dips, and diagonal swipes are usually notice. Aside from that, Jose Joya always add some brilliant tropical colors on his paintings.

Global Warming by Jose Joya

‘Space Transfiguration’ oil in canvas by Jose Joya


Sarimanok artwork that made by our national artist Abdulmari Asia Imao will also found on the museum. The Sarimanok is a legendary bird of the Maranao people who originate from Mindanao, a major island in the Philippines. It comes from the words “sari” and “manok”. “Sari” means cloth or garment, which is generally of assorted colors while “manok” means “chicken”.

Philippine National Artist Abdulmari Asia Imao uses the Sarimanok as a motif for some of his artworks. He draws inspiration from Tausūg and Maranao art that helped popularize those creatures. You will know Abdulmari Imao for his using of okir, sarimanok and the naga as motifs in his artworks. He is also credited for popularizing the motifs to the Filipino national consciousness.

Juan Luna

Visiting the National Museum of the Philippines will not be completed without seeing the artworks of Juan Luna. Especially the “Spolarium” and “The Parisian Life” painting.

“The Parisian Life”, also known as “Interior d’un Cafi”, is an 1892 oil on canvas impressionist painting by Filipino painter and revolutionary activist Juan Luna.

Awestruck by this obra maestra of Juan Luna.

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