5 Quirky Museums to Visit in Manila
Welcoming over one million tourists each year, Manila has more than enough museums that helps weave an interesting narrative of the city, country and people. Apart from the interesting historic Museums Manila is known for, here are five quirky stops you have to visit.
1. Art In Island
While museums around the world strictly disallow photography, a trip to "Art In Island" would be useless without a camera. Featuring over 50 trick art murals that were painted by a team of 18 Korean master painters specially flown in for the project, the museum features murals that gives the illusion of depth when viewed from a certain angle, and is designed to serve as a backdrop for photo opportunities. Museum attendees are encouraged to climb into paintings and take photos of their interactions.
Address: 175 15th Ave., Brgy. Socorro, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines
Operating Hours: Tuesdays - Sundays (and Holidays), 0930 - 2130
Admission fee: Php 400 - 500
Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/artinisland/
2. The Shoe Museum
How many pairs of shoes do you own? Do you know Imelda Marco, Philippines eccentric former First Lady, left about 800 pairs of shoes behind in Malacañang Palace? (That's only 25% of her entire collection!) Now they are all lined up in rows behind glass cases at "The Shoe Museum".
Address: A. Mabini St. cor. P. Ocampo St., Malate Manila, Philippines 1004
Operating Hours: Mondays - Sundays, 0800 - 1700 (Except Holidays)
Admission fee: Php 50
3. Museo Pambata
Relive your childhood days with a trip to the "Museo Pambata". Filled with interactive and educational displace, the museum is truly enjoyable for the kids.
Don't forget to take a whimsical journey back to turn-of-the-century Manila! Put on clothes their ancestors wore, ride the tranvia, board a Spanish galleon, and more! (No wonder it's always present in Kindergarten’s field trip itineraries.)
Address: Roxas Boulevard corner South Drive, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila, Philippines
Operating Hours: Tuesdays - Saturdays, 0800 - 1700 (September to February) // 0900 - 1700 (March to August) // Sundays, 1300 - 1700
The museum is closed on Mondays and selected official holidays.
Admission fee: Php 250
Find out more at http://www.museopambata.org/
4. The Money Museum (the Museo ng Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas)
Who doesn't love money? With everything from ancient coins to notes from various periods of occupation and resistance on display, "The Money Museum" is a haven for coin buffs and history junkies alike.
Address: J. P. Rizal St, Marikina, 1801 Metro Manila, Philippines
Operating Hours: Mondays - Friday, 0900 - 1200 // 1300 1600
Admission fee: Free
5. Upside Down Museum
Ever wondered what the world would look like upside down? Take a glimpse in topsy-turvy town at the "Upside Down Museum", completed with optical illusions of everything including a house, a bridge and more!
Unlike the other countries (America and Malaysia) which usually features only one gallery, Manila's "Upside Down Museum" has 22 galleries and more to come.
Address: Boom Na Boom Grounds, CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd, Pasay, 1300 Metro Manila, Philippines
Operating Hours: Tuesdays - Sundays, 1100 - 2100
Admission fee: Php 450
Find out more at https://www.upsidedown.com.ph/about