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National Museum of the Philippines Tours

National Museum of the Philippines
Established in 1901, the National Museum of the Philippines is a vast complex of museums and a planetarium located next to Rizal Park. Immerse yourself in the artistic, historical, and cultural heritage of the Philippines through the museum’s expansive collections covering fine art, ethnography, anthropology, archaeology, and natural history.
 
The Basics
The National Museum comprises the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Anthropology, the National Museum of Natural History, and the National Planetarium, as well as branches of the museum throughout the Philippines. It’s also an educational, cultural, and scientific institution and offers lectures, interviews, and publications and conducts various research programs.
 
The museum complex is so massive that visitors would do well to prioritize areas that are of interest to them. A number of tours make a stop at the National Museum, along with other Manila highlights such as the Ayala Museum, Casa Manila, and Fort Santiago. Cruise ship passengers and those on a layover can take a customized private tour.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The National Museum of the Philippines is a must-visit for those with an interest in Philippine art, culture, and heritage.
  • Admission to the museum is free.
  • Group tours are available if booked in advance.
  • Photography for personal use is allowed, though the use of flash is not permitted.
  • Food, bottled water, and ballpoint pens are not permitted inside the museum.
 
How to Get There
The museum complex is located in Ermita in Central Manila, near Rizal Park. All of the buildings are located close to each other. Parking can be difficult, so it’s best to take a taxi or a jeepney. The closest LRT station is United Nations.
 
When to Get There
The National Museum is very popular, especially the newly opened Museum of Natural History. Visit early in the morning to try to beat the crowds. The museum is closed Mondays.
 
Museum of Natural History
The Museum of Natural History opened its doors on May 18, 2018. The museum features six floors and 12 galleries, and visitors are advised to start at the top and work their way down. Don’t miss the “Tree of Life” sculpture, the mini mangrove and marine life exhibits, and the replica and skeleton of Lolong, the largest crocodile ever held in captivity.
Address: Padre Burgos Drive, Manila, Philippines
Admission: Varies
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Manila Tour B (Shared Tour)

Manila Tour B (Shared Tour)

Skip Manila’s patchy public transport and leave gridlock to the experts on this small-group tour. Exploring with a guide, check off historic sights including Fort Santiago and San Agustin Church and Museum, and museums including the National Museum of the Philippines, the Ayala Museum, and the Upside Down Museum, finishing at the Mall of Asia. Package includes hotel pickup, a sandwich, and bottled water, but excludes entrance fees.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.34
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Manila, the best of the city in 2 days

Manila, the best of the city in 2 days

This tour of the city of Manila for two days, offers you the possibility to see and enjoy the most interesting, both historically and culturally. More and more, he will do it with a private Spanish guide who lives in the Philippines for much of the year, knows the places well and knows how to move around the city.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$219.08
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Private Half-Day Shore Excursion Museums in Manila

Private Half-Day Shore Excursion Museums in Manila

When your cruise ship docks in port, rest easy knowing that you have a shore excursion planned. This tour focuses on the arts culture and museums in Manila, ensuring you get a full picture of the Philippines' arts and crafts culture. Listen to engaging commentary from your guide on the craftsmanship and artistic style of modern and historic artists and make stops at the National Art Gallery and the Ayala Museum.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$119.24
Price varies by group size
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$119.24
Price varies by group size

Full Day City and Museum Tour

Full Day City and Museum Tour

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Manila is a massive city, but getting around and seeing the top sights is easy on this tour. Visit must-see attractions like the Mall of Asia, the colonial-era walled city of Intramuros, and important museums. Relax while you’re transported around the city by air-conditioned coach and your English-speaking guide tells you about Manila’s long history.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$141.12
Price varies by group size
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$141.12
Price varies by group size
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