National Museum of the Philippines
The National Museum is an iconic tourist spot in Manila that showcases the rich culture and vast heritage of the Filipino people.
The huge edifice located in Ermita, Manila is home to the most important national treasures that can give visitors a deeper knowledge of the country. Guests can peruse collections from archaeological discoveries, artworks that defined Philippine history and origin, and items that show the country’s ethnography in the National Museum. Located near other significant sights like Intramuros and Rizal Park, a visit to the National Museum is a great way to start, or cap a history tour.
National Museum is located at Padre Burgos Ave, Ermita, Manila.
Opening Days and Hours
The museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00 to 17:00.
Entry Fee and Booking
Admission is free. Groups comprised of more than 20 people should make reservations.
How to Get There
National Museum can be accessed through taxi or ride-hailing apps like Uber and Grab, which are widely available around the Metro.
- Solo Travelers/Backpackers
Time to Spend
Spend at least 2 hours inside the museum to see all the different galleries.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
It’s best to visit the museum just after it opens. Around this time, the place is less crowded and parking space is not yet packed.
After touring the museum, you can grab some bites from some of these restaurants:
- Cafe Ilang-ilang
- Hungry Juan Ermita
- Fort Santiago and Intramuros
- Rizal Park
- Bambike Ecotours Intramuros
- San Agustin Church
- San Agustin Museum
- Manila Bay
- Manila Cathedral
- Manila Ocean Park
- Casa Manila
There are a number of hotels and inns near National Museum such as The Bayleaf Intramuros, Pearl Manila, Corporate Inn Hotel, and Time Travelers Hotel. Room rates range from USD 20 to 200.
Good to Know
One of National Museum’s famous and sought after art pieces, Juan Luna’s “Spolarium,” welcomes visitors at the entrance.