Top Museums and Art Gallery in Metro Manila You Can Visit

Mar 11, 2023

Getting in touch with your peace is ultimately the most beautiful gift you can give yourself. After all, it can get crazy trying to keep up with the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila. So whether it be as simple as an occasional cup of joe or a grand weekend away you prefer, go ahead and do it! However, we understand how it can be difficult to squeeze in some time off of work, especially if you are a get-it-done and get-it-done-fast type of person. Given that, despite a weekend away sounding quite perfect but unattainable, why don't you visit museums in Metro Manila and get in touch with the Philippines' natural history, fine arts, and vast collection of unparalleled architecture?

Continue reading and discover the perfect art museum for you to visit on your next day off!

Top Museums and Art Gallery in Metro Manila

Here are some of the best museum houses you can go to whenever you feel like looking at an art collection that will give you a much-needed break from everything.

National Museum of Fine Arts

Photos taken from National Museum's website.

Probably one of the most visited museums in Manila is the National Museum of Fine Arts. For instance, people love visiting the place as it showcases the artistic and cultural heritage of the Philippines. Featuring 29 galleries and astounding exhibitions, the place boasts of hosting Filipino masters, national artists, and sculptors renowned for their passion for incorporating the country's rich artistic heritage in their works at the National Museum.

But best of all, you can add this to the list of free museums you must visit, as this Fine Arts museum offers free admission for everyone! Who knew that going to free museums in Manila could make the perfect day off? Well, now you do! Head onto the National Museum complex located on Padre Burgos Avenue, Ermita, which is just a few steps from Rizal Park, Vista GL Taft, and Vista Taft!

Vista GL Taft and Vista Taft | Condos Near National Museum

One of Vista Residences' prime towers includes Vista GL Taft and Vista Taft. To illustrate, these high-rise towers are suitable for college students looking to find the perfect condo in the city! Not only is everything conveniently accessible, but these condominiums also offer top-notch amenities for students. A fitness gym, study hall, swimming pool, and 24-hour security are just some things that put the cherry on top. But aside from that, living in Vista GL Taft or Vista Taft means staying near an art museum in the Philippines to enrich your love for visual arts, like the National Museum.

The Mind Museum

Photos taken from mind museum's website

Visiting The Mind Museum is perfect for those looking to unleash their kids at heart! After all, this place is one of the most amazing Museums in Metro Manila, as they are filled with many interactive exhibits for kids and adults to enjoy. For instance, you will love their Atom Gallery, where you can dive deeper into gravity and electromagnetism through fun activities! Not only that, but the complex also features exhibits of exuberant varieties of life where children can meet with a plethora of organisms that thrive on our planet.

Aside from those two, the museum also showcases a majestic exhibition of the universe and history unfolding through time. Indeed, The Mind Museum undoubtedly makes learning fun and interactive for all ages. But if you plan to visit, booking a day tour through their website is best. And in line with that, the complex does have an entrance fee ranging from Php 475 to Php 2,000.

Ayala Museum

Going to the Ayala Museum should be a priority if you are a big history buff. To illustrate, this museum houses a vast and varied collection of pre-colonial archaeological materials and modern dioramas that embody Filipino culture. Aside from that, it is also fascinating how the museum was able to preserve and showcase the gold of the ancestors or pre-colonial treasures that may give us a better grasp of rich Philippine history. Moreover, this exhibit shows just how Filipinos' natural history began thanks to our archipelago's strategic location, which gave bountiful resources.

But best of all, you will also see exhibits from other Asian countries like China. For instance, the museum has Qinghuas originating from the 9th century's Tang dynasty! But if you are considering whether this is one of the free museums in Manila, sadly, it is not. However, they have an affordable admission fee! You can visit the place for only Php 650, or Php 350 if you can get a discount. To paint a picture of Filipinos before Spanish colonization, visit this museum. The place is located at Greenbelt Park, Makati Avenue, corner Dela Rosa Street, Ayala Center, Makati, Metro Manila, near Vista Residences' Salcedo Square! Indeed, condo living is a breeze with Vista Residences' strategically located towers.

The Alley at Karrivin

Photo taken from The Alley's website.

Contemporary art is what The Alley at Karrivin boasts about. Given that, if you are a fan of contemporary Filipino artists, this is the place to visit! Additionally, The Alley is a place where you can sip a cup of coffee and meet new friends while surrounded by prestigious art. On that note, if you are tired of the hustle and bustle of Makati city, visit The Alley for a relaxing time near your condo. Notably, the place is pet-friendly and biker-friendly, adding to more reasons why going is an excellent idea while sulking in the contemporary arts.

This lifestyle hub showcases many tenants, like 1335 Mabini, an art gallery that features contemporary paintings, sculptures, photographs, and mixed media. However, this is only one of the art galleries on The Alley. For instance, they also cater to The Drawing Room: Contemporary Art, Aphor living art/design, and more.

Laureano Di Trevi Towers by Vista Residences

The Alley is situated at 2316 Chino Roces Ave, Makati, conveniently near Vista Residences' Laureano Di Trevi Towers! So if you want to live in one of the country's prime cities, you can trust Vista Residences to offer you nothing short of the perfect condo unit with outstanding amenities.

UST Museum

Being one of the oldest existing museums in the Philippines, the University of Santo Tomas Museum showcases a bounty of cultural heritage in arts and sciences. Notably, the museum accepts visitors on Mondays, from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, and Tuesdays to Fridays, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Moreover, this campus museum accepts walk-ins, and they have free entrance for alumni, faculty, and Thomasian students.

Embracing the Philippines' history and being surrounded by Philippine art undoubtedly revives the Filipino spirit. That said, try visiting National museums in Manila to escape reality.

Vista Residences offers various condominium properties near UST such as 878 Espana, Crown Tower University Belt, and Bradburry Heights!

For more information on Vista Residences, email [email protected], follow @VistaResidencesOfficial on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, or call the Marketing Office at 0999 886 4262 / 0917 582 5167.

Other blog

Try our loan calculator and find your future home!