A former colony of the Portuguese, Manila is one of the most beautiful cities in the Philippines drawing visitors with a variety of historical monuments and cultural sites dating back to the pre-colonial period. Read on to know about some of the popular museums you should not miss to discover here:

Ayala Museum

Established in 1967, Ayala Museum is one of the most visited museums in Metro Manila comprising rare artefacts and historical items dating back to the pre-colonial era. History lovers would love to delight in the display of popular objects here including ancient boats, finely crafted ships and other maritime vessels. The museum’s most famous collection also includes paintings by prominent artists like Fernando Amorsolo and Jaun Luna. Tourists can also be a part of some amazing exhibitions and workshops conduced here on a regular basis and can learn about the history and culture of the city.

National Museum of Anthropology

Formerly known as the Museum of the Filipino People, National Museum of Anthropology is located in the Teodoro F. Valencia Circle in Luneta, Manila. It is a component of the National Museum of the Philippines specialising in anthropology and archaeology and is thus, home to things and artefacts related to prehistoric societies, archaeology, languages, traditions, customs, and culture of the Philippines. The aim of the museum is to preserve the cultural heritage of the Philippines and to educate others. Visitors cannot miss to delight in the major highlights of the museum including the wreck of the San Diego, ancient artefacts and the zoology divisions.

Lopez Museum

Founded in 1960, Lopez Museum is a famous art and history museum in Manila drawing the attention of history enthusiasts from all around. It is home to a fine collection of literary works of prominent writers and scholars, manuscripts, books, archival photographs, academic treatise, microfilms, cartoons and Filipiniana titles that are a treat to explore. The major draws of the museum include paintings and sculptures made by famous Spanish artists and painters. Visitors can also have a great time attending exhibitions, workshops, educational and publications programmes regularly organised here.

UST Museum of Arts and Science

Established in 1871, UST Museum of Arts and Science is the oldest museum in the Philippines lying in the Sampaloc area. It is a famous museum in Manila comprising a collection of inscriptions and documents related to botany, medicine and pharmacy. Some of the popular collectables at the museum include visual arts images, ethnographic evidences, coins, medals, documents, and manuscripts. There is a library, a laboratory, a museum gallery and a souvenir shop as well within the museum to spend an ideal time at.

Ateneo Art Gallery

A museum of modern art of the Ateneo de Manila University, Ateneo Art Gallery is a famous tourist attraction situated in Quezon City. It was established in 1960 and is known all over the country for comprising more than 500 artworks including paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and posters. Visitors would love to discover here works of notable artists from across the world including Fabian de la Rosa and Fernando Amorsolo. The museum is also home to some of the paintings of prominent present day artists. Besides, you can have a great time here attending an ideal workshop regularly held here for budding artists and painters.

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