National Museum of Fine Arts
Spend a day with art masterpieces at the National Museum of Fine Arts.
The National Museum of Fine Arts, previously called the National Art Gallery, is a museum owned and operated by the National Museum of the Philippines. It was founded in 1998 and is housed in a neoclassical building built in 1921, and which originally served as the offices of various legislative bodies of the Philippine government. The Museum has a collection of paintings and sculptures from a number of classical Filipino artists, including Juan Luna, Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, and Guillermo Tolentino.
The National Museum of Fine Arts is located at Padre Burgos Drive, Ermita, Manila.
Opening Days and Hours
The Gallery is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 17:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Access to the Gallery is free.
How to Get There
The easiest way to reach the National Museum of Fine Arts is via taxis and ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Grab, which are widely available in Metro Manila (this includes Quezon City and nearby cities such as Makati, Taguig/Fort Bonifacio, and Pasay).
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
- Families with kids
Time to Spend
You can explore the Gallery in 1 to 2 hours.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
You can visit the Gallery any time of the day as it is an indoor attraction.
- You can visit the Gallery’s various exhibits:
- The Old House of Representatives Session Hall: houses the country’s most well-known paintings including Juan Luna’s Spolarium, Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo’s El Asesinato del Gobernador Bustamante (The Assassination of Governor Bustamante), National Artist Napoleon Abueva’s wood reliefs portraying Rajah Sulayman, his court, the Palisades, and Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and the founding of Manila
- Gallery 1/Luis I. Ablaza Hall: Religious Art from the 17th to 19th Centuries
- Gallery 2: Art Prints from the Archives of the Royal Botanical Garden in Madrid
- Gallery 3: Academic and Romantic Art
- Gallery 4 (Fundacion Santiago Hall): Academic and Neoclassical Sculpture
- Gallery 5: Homage to Dr. Jose Rizal
- Gallery 6: Classical Art from the 20th Century
- Gallery 8 (Silvina & Juan C. Laya Hall): Works portraying Imperial Japanese Occupation, and the destruction and liberation of Manila
- Gallery 10 (MFP Hall): The Progress of Medicine in the Philippines by Carlos V. Francisco
- Gallery 11 (SPPC Hall): Drawings of Fernando C. Amorsolo
- Gallery 12 (Security Bank Hall): Works of Guillermo E. Tolentino
- Northeast Hallway Gallery: Political and Social Commentary after the 1970s
- Gallery 20 (GSIS Northeast Hall): Includes paintings from Juan Luna and Fernando C. Amorsolo
- GSIS North Hallway Gallery: Art from National Artist Federico Aguilar Alcuaz
- Northwest Hallway Gallery: Selected Modern Works
- Gallery 23 (GSIS Northwest Hall): Pillars of Philippine Modernism
- Gallery 25 (Philam Life Hall): Pillars of Philippine Modernism
- South Hallway Galleries: Philippine Abstraction from the 1960s to the 1980s
- Gallery 24: Pillars of Philippine Modernism
- Gallery 25
Restaurants near the National Museum of Fine Arts include:
- Sky Deck on Bayleaf Hotel
- Raffaele Woodfired Pizza
- 9 Spoons
- National Museum
- National Museum of Anthropology
- Bambike Ecotours Intramuros
- Rizal Park
- Fort Santiago
Accommodations near the National Museum of Fine Arts includes a number of hotels and inns, such as the Bayleaf Intramuros, Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel & Casino, the Corporate Inn Hotel, and Casa Bacobo Hotel. Prices range from USD 30 to USD 58.