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About Museums in Philippines

Like its neighbors in Asia, the Philippines has a rich and colorful history. From being inhabited by natives and evolving with influences from various colonizers to establishing its own government that has been plagued constantly with challenges even today, the country will have so many stories to share that will inspire and enlighten a lot of people. When touring the Philippines, it is essential to know a thing or two about the country as well as the towns and cities that you will visit. And an ideal way to do this is by visiting museums.

Why you should visit a museum in the Philippines

Most cities in the Philippines as well as the major provinces have their own museums, so you can be sure that there is one nearby once you get to your destination. Considering the country’s characteristics, it would be a sin to miss out on visiting one.

Going to a museum allows you to observe Philippine culture closely, which will provide insights about the morals, aspirations, desires, and dreams of a Filipino. In many ways, Filipinos differ greatly from their neighbors in Southeast Asia. The Philippines is the third largest Catholic country in the world and the biggest in Asia. More than 90% of its population can speak English, and for some reason, it is crazy about basketball and beauty pageants. These characteristics and more make the Philippines a one of a kind Asian country, and a visit to museums could shed light on these facts.

Second, there are so many questions in the Philippines that need answers. With a developing country as their home, Filipinos are still finding ways to make progress consistent, and they have a long way to go when it comes to sharing their way of life to the rest of the world. Any insight or suggestion would be appreciated, and a visit to a museum in the Philippines could allow visitors to share their own. Additionally, museums can arm tourists with things that they can talk about with the locals so they can feel more at home.

Third, Filipinos are very creative and talented. The country has produced numerous artists, writers, performers, designers, directors, and many more who have been acclaimed internationally for their creations and contributions. A trip to a museum in the Philippines enables you to feast your eyes on some of the creative creations of Filipinos. If you love the arts, you will have plenty of discoveries at the numerous museums in the country.

Lastly, Filipinos love to have fun, and this can be seen on the variety of museums around. Not all of them feature historical galleries as there are establishments that have been known for incredible exhibits that are meant for entertainment. We say all the time that it’s more fun in the Philippines and you’ll experience that, not just with the plethora of outdoor activities, but also with some of the museums all over the country.

What to expect in a museum in the Philippines

Like most countries in the world, the biggest museums in the Philippines house galleries about the different periods of its history as well as the masterpieces of national artists. Likewise, the smaller local museums are more focused on the cities or towns they are in. The hometowns of important personalities like national heroes also have exhibits dedicated for them. It is highly recommended for tourists, both local and foreign, to visit a museum first in the place that they are visiting to get an idea about its beginnings and personalities so they can appreciate their stay more.

A dash of quirky museums

Aside from preserving important artifacts and educating visitors, museums were also established for the enjoyment of the public. In the Philippines, guests will be delighted to check out some entertainment centers that feature unconventional galleries that families will love. There are art museums that encourage visitors to interact with the galleries by taking photos of themselves with the displays. Exhibits with mindboggling optical illusions are also popular especially on social media. It is also not uncommon for museums to kick the entertainment up a notch with film viewings, video games, contests, and play centers for everyone.

Museum etiquette for everyone

There are different rules and regulations to follow in the museums you will visit, depending on the galleries that were made available. Some of these rules have similarities, so it would be ideal to be familiar with them before availing of tickets or passes. Here are some of them:

Most museums require visitors to keep the noise down as there could be researchers or curators that need to focus on their work. Even in 3D art or optical illusion museums, it would be best to limit the noise as it can ruin the experience for the other guests. You can very much enjoy your visit without talking or laughing too loud with your companions.

Once you get in a museum, you should assume immediately that you are not allowed to touch anything. Even if some of the items are not in a protective case, that does not mean that you are allowed to hold them. You will be informed if touching is allowed in a gallery, especially in the interactive ones. When interacting with the displays, be careful with holding the items so you do not break them.

Taking photos are allowed in most museums but just to be sure, refrain from using flash. Some items are very delicate that even flash photography could damage them. Do not use selfie sticks as well since it may cause accidents when not handled properly.

When viewing or interacting with an exhibit, do not stay too long so you can give chance to others. Remember that a museum is a public place and that everyone would want to make the most of their stay just like you. Staying too long within an exhibit could create crowds or long lines, which are not pleasing at all.

Lastly, do not block the galleries when viewing them. You do not have to stand in the middle to get a good view. Be aware of the people behind you so they can enjoy the exhibit as well.