National Museum
National Museum
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
This grand exhibit house features the country's most historic works of culture and national heritage, including the paintings of heralded Philippine artist Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo.
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Neighbourhood: Ermita
How to get there
  • United Nations • 8 min walk
  • Central Terminal - Ermita • 9 min walk
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  • Hudsonmccraw
    Virginia Beach, Virginia3,892 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An intriguing place for sure. Definitely worth your time to visit.
    This museum is filled with artwork that does a good job illustrating the history of the Philippines. The exhibits are very informative and is worth your time to go see. Manila traffic is predictably heavy, so make sure you budget time for the commute accordingly. But you will be pleased with what you see at the National Museum.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Marites8
    Calgary, Canada1,390 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and full of History!
    Great place to more about Philippine culture, artists and history. Free admission to view 4 floors of amazing and creative artworks by Filipinos. Would recommend this place and perfect rainy day activity for everyone.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 20 August 2023
  • irenevff
    Dasmarinas City, Philippines5,497 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    a fine, long walk to remember
    this is the first time that i get to visit this museum again after more than 30 years. we frequent this place when i was in grade school as part of our yearly educational trips. a lot of things have changed since then. for one, our national museum has expanded and housed a lot of other materials that were not present three decades prior. it has separate provisions now - one each for fine arts and for natural history. a full day is not enough to roam the place. for a minimal fee, one can enjoy a guided tour of the place. be sure your cameras have full batteries and enough memory storage.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 6 February 2024
  • Bontaks Travels
    Sydney, Australia637 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Compulsory to visit if you appreciate art
    There was so much more at the National Museum of Fine Arts than we could ever hope to conquer in a couple of hours, especially when that time is at the end of a day where sightseeing began at 8am! Loved the work of Vicente Silva Manansala and Carlos V. Francisco, particularly the latter’s gigantic ‘History of Manila’. Sat and drank that one in for ages from many angles. If we could’ve replanned our visit, it would not have been after a big day of sightseeing (although it is also a lovely place to escape the afternoon heat).
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 April 2024
  • Czar Emmanuel
    Manila, Philippines10,062 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very culturally enriching
    There are actually three national museums close to one another in the Rizal Park area ... the National Museum of Anthropology, the National Museum of Natural History, and the National Museum of Fine Arts. Each has its own particular collection. You can visit any of them depending on your personal interests ... History, Art, etc. Entrance is free. They are closed on Mondays. They do get a bit crowded on Sundays. Queues can also be quite long and slow as they manually register guests. Collections are well-arranged and properly labeled. Some galleries are closed. Lighting system can be improved. Perhaps they need to add more elevators to give visitors easy access to the upper floors. Parking is a bit of a problem as there are very limited slots. Lastly, they could put up souvenir shops and nice restaurants as well.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 June 2024
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Czar Emmanuel
Manila, Philippines10,062 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
There are actually three national museums close to one another in the Rizal Park area ... the National Museum of Anthropology, the National Museum of Natural History, and the National Museum of Fine Arts. Each has its own particular collection. You can visit any of them depending on your personal interests ... History, Art, etc. Entrance is free. They are closed on Mondays. They do get a bit crowded on Sundays. Queues can also be quite long and slow as they manually register guests. Collections are well-arranged and properly labeled. Some galleries are closed. Lighting system can be improved. Perhaps they need to add more elevators to give visitors easy access to the upper floors. Parking is a bit of a problem as there are very limited slots. Lastly, they could put up souvenir shops and nice restaurants as well.
Written 3 June 2024
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Bontaks Travels
Sydney, Australia637 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
There was so much more at the National Museum of Fine Arts than we could ever hope to conquer in a couple of hours, especially when that time is at the end of a day where sightseeing began at 8am! Loved the work of Vicente Silva Manansala and Carlos V. Francisco, particularly the latter’s gigantic ‘History of Manila’. Sat and drank that one in for ages from many angles.
If we could’ve replanned our visit, it would not have been after a big day of sightseeing (although it is also a lovely place to escape the afternoon heat).
Written 22 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

irenevff
Dasmarinas City, Philippines5,497 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Business
this is the first time that i get to visit this museum again after more than 30 years. we frequent this place when i was in grade school as part of our yearly educational trips.

a lot of things have changed since then. for one, our national museum has expanded and housed a lot of other materials that were not present three decades prior. it has separate provisions now - one each for fine arts and for natural history. a full day is not enough to roam the place.

for a minimal fee, one can enjoy a guided tour of the place. be sure your cameras have full batteries and enough memory storage.
Written 6 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Marites8
Calgary, Canada1,390 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Great place to more about Philippine culture, artists and history. Free admission to view 4 floors of amazing and creative artworks by Filipinos. Would recommend this place and perfect rainy day activity for everyone.
Written 20 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Hudsonmccraw
Virginia Beach, VA3,892 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
This museum is filled with artwork that does a good job illustrating the history of the Philippines. The exhibits are very informative and is worth your time to go see. Manila traffic is predictably heavy, so make sure you budget time for the commute accordingly. But you will be pleased with what you see at the National Museum.
Written 28 July 2023
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Charles L
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Great natural history museum, it was put together very well with a good mix of old and new.
Start at the top and work down
Written 29 May 2023
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SummerDaysPh
Manila, Philippines1,005 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
I went to the museum on a Sunday. I took the public transport and got down on TM Kalaw because I wanted to pass by the Rizal monument first before heading to the museums. This is a great first stop.

It was quite a walk from Luneta Park to the museums. The part of Luneta that was supposed to be the short route in between the buildings is being renovated so you must go around the block to get from one building to another.

My first stop was the Museum of Natural History. This building is a great stop for those visiting with kids. They will enjoy the exhibits here. This is the most modern of the three buildings.

My second stop was the Fine Arts Museum. I have been to this building many times and most of the pieces on display remain the same except for the contemporary exhibits. But the Spoliarium in all its majesty never fails to leave me in awe.

My third and final stop was the Antropology building where artifacts and the culture of the Philippine heritage is displayed. I have also been here many times and the exhibits were much more extensive than what I saw during my last visit.

I can say that the buildings per se, the facilities, and the quality of the exhibits have drastically improved from my past visits. I was so happy to see this positive change.

I hope that admission is FREE, will encourage more people to come and learn about our rich culture.

Tips:
1. If you don’t want to walk, you can ride a tricycle for a fee. I preferred to walk so I was not able to get the tricycle fees.
2. If you prefer to walk, it can get quite hot so bring an umbrella. If you forgot your umbrella, there are street vendors selling foldable umbrellas for Php100-Php150.00 each.
3. The nearest eating places are in TM Kalaw or in SM Manila. If you want to go further, you can have lunch in Binondo (Chinatown). If you get too hungry, there are street food stalls right at the entrance of each building.
4. Food and drink are not allowed inside the museum. There are baggage counters at the entrance of each building where you can leave your things for safekeeping.
5. Small handbags are allowed inside the museums.
6. You need to present your ID at the registration counter. If you are coming in a group, only one person needs to queue.
7. I did not pay any entrance fees.
8. To appreciate the exhibits more, you can book a guided tour online in the NM website.
9. All of the three buildings are airconditioned.
10. To me, here is the ideal building route – Fine Arts – Anthropology – Natural History
Written 22 May 2023
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MikeBirdman
Acton, MA1,001 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
I learnt a lot about the history of the Philippines and saw the evolution of painting in the country from early days through to contemporary. A number of specialist exhibits of artists and a wonderful new exhibit about Magellan’s voyages. The building itself is of historical interest and it was a good introduction to the culture, history. There is considerable pride expressed about the exhibits and while some of the art is hard to understand in the absence of detailed knowledge it was a great overview of the experiences the country has gone through.
Written 3 March 2023
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Peter M
Melbourne, Australia1,293 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This is in Ermita and is an excellent Museum.
This grand exhibit house features the country's most historic works of culture and national heritage.
There is also the National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of Fine Art
National Museum of Anthropology. It was formed August 12, 1887
Written 16 January 2023
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EkAJoy
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Went here after pandemic and after watching Alone Together movie by LizKen. It was definitely a great experience.
Written 23 December 2022
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