National Museum of the Philippines – Ilocos
One of the most significant museums in Vigan, the Padre Burgos Museum is a place that has a story to tell not only about the Filipino martyr but about Vigan as well.
What looks like a typical stone house on the outside is actually a museum that is overflowing with history — this grand Vigan landmark is the birthplace and former residence of Padre Burgos, one of the three martyr priests who died under the Spanish regime. A vast display of historically significant items can be found inside this museum — most of the exhibits include original furniture, old household items, a grand piano, and photos and other memorabilia about Vigan. Outside the museum is a garden that is heavily shaded with trees — apart from learning about the items displayed outside, one can also take a relaxing stroll here.
The National Museum of the Philippines in Ilocos is located at Burgos, Vigan, Ilocos Sur.
Opening Days and Hours
Opens daily from 10:00 to 17:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance to the museum is free.
How to Get There
- Fly from Manila to Vigan via Interisland Airlines or from Manila to Laoag Airport via Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines.
- From Vigan Airport, take a taxi or a private car to the town centre.
- From Laoag, board a bus to Vigan.
- From the town centre, board a kalesa to bring you to the museum.
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
- Families with kids
Time to Spend
You can spend 30 minutes to an hour in this museum.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to visit the museum is between 10:00 to 12:00. If you prefer to visit during the afternoon, visiting from 15:00 to 17:00 is the best option.
Cafe Leona, Lampong’s Restaurant, Bistro 23, Uno Grill, and Max’s Restaurant are some of the dining places near the museum. Street food options are aplenty at Plaza Burgos.
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Vigan Plaza Hotel, Cordillera Inn, Hotel Salcedo de Vigan, Casa Rica Hotel, and Hotel Luna Annex offer accommodations at rates that range from USD 40 to USD 120.