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National Museum Zamboanga

Discover Zamboanga’s colourful history and culture -- and the things that make it unique from all the Philippine regions -- by visiting the National Museum of Zamboanga.

Located inside Fort Pilar, stepping inside the National Museum is like being transported back in time — the fort’s towering walls and the stillness that’s ever so present around the area give off a Spanish-era vibe. Inside the museum, you can find a comprehensive display of important items — miniature tribal homes, colourful vintas, preserved photographs, and household items and clothing of different tribes in Zamboanga are neatly showcased here. Outside, guests can explore the Fort and its empty prison cells, or simply settle down on one spot and enjoy the blazing sunset that can be clearly seen from Fort Pilar.



National Museum – Zamboanga is located at N.S. Valderoza Street, Fort Pilar, Zamboanga City.


Opening Days and Hours

The museum is open Monday to Saturday, 8:00 to 17:00.


Entry Fee and Bookings

Entrance fee varies. For individual visits, the entrance fee is PhP 20 (USD 0.40) and PhP 10 (USD 0.20) for children and senior citizens. For group visits, entrance is PhP 10 (USD 0.20) for adults and PhP 5 (USD 0.10) for children and seniors.


How to Get There

  • Fly from Manila to Zamboanga via Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines.
  • From the city proper, board a tricycle to Fort Pilar.


Suggested For

  • Backpackers/solo travelers
  • Couples
  • Group of friends
  • Families


Time to Spend

Average time spent in this attraction is 1 to 2 hours.


Popularity and Best Time to Go

The best time to visit National Museum – Zamboanga is between 8:00 and 10:00, and 15:00 and 17:00.



Seaside restaurants serving grilled dishes and other delicacies can be found near National Museum- Zamboanga. Options include Barcode, Mano Mano sa Paseo, Jimmy’s Satti House, and Ocean Bay Seafood Restaurant.


Nearby Attractions

  • Pasonanca Park
  • Great Santa Cruz Island
  • Paseo del Mar



Grand Astoria Hotel, Garden Orchid Hotel, CityInn Hotel, Winzelle Suites, and Casa Canelar Pension House are some of the hotels and inns offering accommodations in Zamboanga City. Rates range from USD 20 to USD 45.

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