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Balangay Shrine Museum

5 Kilometers From the City Proper, Butuan, Mindanao, Philippines
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A great way to know a bit of our own history

We have very few artifacts about the pre-history of the Philippines ... some neolithic human bones... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2017
Manila, Philippines
Great historical significance

Visit this out of the way attraction by hiring one of the tricycles parked along the street beside... read more

Reviewed 7 February 2017
Quezon City, Philippines
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  • Average25%
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“wooden boats” (6 reviews)
“on display” (3 reviews)
“human remains” (2 reviews)
5 Kilometers From the City Proper, Butuan, Mindanao, Philippines
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Reviewed 20 August 2017

We have very few artifacts about the pre-history of the Philippines ... some neolithic human bones, potsherds, instruments made of stone, and so forth. Most of our documentation dates back only to the 16th century, with the coming of the Spaniards to our land. And...More

Thank CzarEmmanuel
Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

Visit this out of the way attraction by hiring one of the tricycles parked along the street beside the PNP Hospital (across the Libertad Fruit Vendors Association market). There is a sign which says "Barangay Ambago" at the corner of this street and the main...More

1  Thank peggyapl
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

Old artifacts of the past and how the people lived at those early times. You will see earthen pots, the old boat transportation called " balangay" was displayed and some gold jewelries and others inside the museum nearby or across the city hall offices.

Thank Imelda D
Reviewed 5 January 2017

We spent about 10 minutes here. It was interesting to see the boat relics and the hole in the ground where the boats were found. We did all the museums in a day. It was fun but wished there was more to see.

Thank Tronica
Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Showcase of the early balangay boat which proves that there was already trade even before butuan was established. You will see an authentic balangay boat and old coffins that were excavated. If you want heritage and history, this is a "must-go-to" place. No entrance fees...More

Thank Ajie A
Reviewed 4 October 2016

Balangay Shrine Museum is a one-story building that serves as a unit of the National Museum. It is located in Barangay Libertad and it houses the remnants of Seagoing Outrigger Boat or Balangay. The former is used by a community of settlers to go from...More

Thank Travel Eat Pina... T
Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

It's a 15-minute or so ride to this area. It's the way to the airport actually. Only go if you are indeed interested in seeing the oldest watercraft which was dug on the very spot it is being displayed. It has really few things to...More

Thank Merie C
Reviewed 24 June 2016

It's a small open-door museum with amazing archeological artifacts and items! More historical information and overview boards could be presented, and more presentable layout of the excavation process. But the onsite guide the place is awesome!

Thank Nikolai B
Reviewed 15 May 2016

Butuan is not much of a travel destination per se, but make your visit worthwhile by visiting its classic tourist spots. The Balangay Shrine is evidence of where it all began for us Filipinos, when our ancestors rode these amazing wooden boats across the seas...More

Thank Trittle L
Reviewed 4 March 2016

I finally got to see this museum, it is small but very interesting. I have a friend that worked on the dig that found the artifacts that are shown here. Very interesting and the guard that was stations was helpful and knowledgeable about everything we...More

Thank Luke T
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