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The National Museum of the Philippines or NM is a government agency museum that includes research and conservation programs within the museum and throughout the archipelago. Admission is free to all museums and facilities for both local and foreign visitors.

5 days ago

National Museum of the Philippines

Commemorating the 131st anniversary of the establishment of the Museo-Biblioteca de Filipinas, the country's first public museum and library.

Read about our new donation given on this occasion!

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Commemorating the 131st anniversary of the establishment of the Museo-Biblioteca de Filipinas, the countrys first public museum and library.

Read about our new donation given on this occasion!

https://www.facebook.com/nationalmuseumofthephilippines/posts/2061388060552168

5 days ago

National Museum of the Philippines

Yesterday, August 12, 2018, was the 131st anniversary of the establishment of the Museo-Biblioteca de Filipinas, through a Royal Decree made by Maria Cristina, Queen Regent of Spain, dated August 12, 1887.

This was the first public museum and library institution in the Philippines, and can be considered the forerunner of both the National Museum and the National Library of the Philippines.

Items pertaining to the Museo-Biblioteca de Filipinas, which was abolished in 1900 for no apparent reason by the American military government, are very rare, and so it is with great pleasure that the National Museum today receives the donation of an envelope, stamp-dated June 3, 1895 in Leitmeritz, Austria-Hungary (today Litoměřice in the Czech Republic). It was addressed to the first Filipino director of the Museo-Biblioteca, the historically-prominent public figure Pedro Alejandro Paterno. Moreover, the sender was no less than Ferdinand Blumentritt, the great Austrian-Czech friend of Dr. Jose Rizal and many other Filipino ilustrados.

The National Museum expresses its admiration and gratitude to the donor, Dr. Carlos Madrid, scholar of Philippine history and also the present director of the Instituto Cervantes de Manila, for his generosity and strong support. Dr. Madrid himself stated to National Museum director Jeremy Barns that his gift to the nation is made “with my pleasure if it contributes to a better understanding of the true origins of the great institution that you direct”. Thank you very much!

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What an impressive gift! Thank you Carlos Madrid and all behind the effort.

CONGRratulations!

Muito obrigada Espanha!

Felicidades!

The NM closes on August 21 for Eid'l Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice).

The National Museum closes all its facilities nationwide on Tuesday, August 21 as it is a religious holiday, allowing our Muslim staff and friends to celebrate the Feast of the Sacrifice. We are also closed as usual on Mondays, but will be open the rest of the week from August 22.

To help understand and appreciate the culture of our Filipino Muslim friends and compatriots, please visit the Bangsamoro Gallery and the GAMABA Gallery at the National Museum of Anthropology.

For more information, please read the About section of this FB page.

Photo shows Mariam Mutalib (center), a tepo weaver from Tandubas, Tawi-tawi, teaching one of our young visitors at the National Museum of Anthropology back in December, 2016.

Photo by Cyril Santos.

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The NM closes on August 21 for Eidl Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice).

The National Museum closes all its facilities nationwide on Tuesday, August 21 as it is a religious holiday, allowing our Muslim staff and friends to celebrate the Feast of the Sacrifice. We are also closed as usual on Mondays, but will be open the rest of the week from August 22. 

To help understand and appreciate the culture of our Filipino Muslim friends and compatriots, please visit the Bangsamoro Gallery and the GAMABA Gallery at the National Museum of Anthropology. 

For more information, please read the About section of this FB page.

Photo shows Mariam Mutalib (center), a tepo weaver from Tandubas, Tawi-tawi, teaching one of our young visitors at the National Museum of Anthropology back in December, 2016.

Photo by Cyril Santos.

©The National Museum of the Philippines (2018)

 

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Are you still open on Aug 21? Since Eid'l Adha was moved to 21?

Open on August 21?

National Museum of the Philippines Are you still open on Aug 21 since Eid'l Adha was moved to 21? Thank you!

how about sa August 27 po open po ba ??

Deidre teeeee 🙂

Janievetch Dela Umbria Atienza

Regina Simon open daw sila oh

Timothy Jasper Callado closed din 🙁

Michael Louie Belardo Renacido Open sila sa August 21 🙂

Joshua Samiana Pelo ikaw ba to? 😂

Mj Nuque

Meme German Annabelle Cagat

Leoniña Balbin Pangilinan

Icy Jane Libores

Meliton Reggie Ponce

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The NM opens a new exhibition today.

The Japan Foundation, Manila and The National Museum of the Philippines are pleased to present the international traveling exhibition The Spirit of Budô: The History of Japan’s Martial Arts Exhibition at the National Art Gallery, National Museum of the Philippines from July 20 to September 26, 2018. Admission is free.
In this exhibition, audiences may learn about the brief history of Japanese martial arts – from traditional battlefield combat techniques (Bujutsu) to popular sports or physical exercise tempering body and spirit (Budô), through originals and reproductions of historical weapons such as arrows, suits of armor, helmets, and other martial arts gear. Also included in the exhibition are materials and photo panels of popular sports and physical exercise such as Kendo, Judo, Sumo, and more. Prior to its exhibition in the Manila, it has been shown in countries such as Peru, Canada, and Brazil.

The Spirit of Budô is also part of a month-long celebration of the Philippine-Japan Friendship Month in July, together with diverse cultural events such as The 21st Japanese Film Festival (EIGASAI), Literature Talk by Yoko Tawada, and the Travel Madness Expo 2018: “Visit Japan” Booth.

With strong interest in Japan’s martial arts and Samurai culture in the Philippines, the exhibition will coincide with exciting related events. The Japan Foundation, Manila brings one of the greatest films ever made – legendary Director Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (七人の侍) to be screened at the UP Film Center – Cine Adarna leg of EIGASAI in August. Other events include free demonstrations and workshops of Karate, Judo, and Kendo in collaboration with The Philippine Karate National Team, The Philippine National Judo Team, and IGA Kendo Club Philippines.
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The NM opens a new exhibition today.

The Japan Foundation, Manila and The National Museum of the Philippines are pleased to present the international traveling exhibition The Spirit of Budô: The History of Japan’s Martial Arts Exhibition at the National Art Gallery, National Museum of the Philippines from July 20 to September 26, 2018. Admission is free.
In this exhibition, audiences may learn about the brief history of Japanese martial arts – from traditional battlefield combat techniques (Bujutsu) to popular sports or physical exercise tempering body and spirit (Budô), through originals and reproductions of historical weapons such as arrows, suits of armor, helmets, and other martial arts gear. Also included in the exhibition are materials and photo panels of popular sports and physical exercise such as Kendo, Judo, Sumo, and more. Prior to its exhibition in the Manila, it has been shown in countries such as Peru, Canada, and Brazil. 

The Spirit of Budô is also part of a month-long celebration of the Philippine-Japan Friendship Month in July, together with diverse cultural events such as The 21st Japanese Film Festival (EIGASAI), Literature Talk by Yoko Tawada, and the Travel Madness Expo 2018: “Visit Japan” Booth.

With strong interest in Japan’s martial arts and Samurai culture in the Philippines, the exhibition will coincide with exciting related events. The Japan Foundation, Manila brings one of the greatest films ever made – legendary Director Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (七人の侍) to be screened at the UP Film Center – Cine Adarna leg of EIGASAI in August. Other events include free demonstrations and workshops of Karate, Judo, and Kendo in collaboration with The Philippine Karate National Team, The Philippine National Judo Team, and IGA Kendo Club Philippines.

 

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Let's go Dez, Gem, and Jason.

Randric ano gusto mo na pumunta ng national museum? Hahahahaha

Is there a schedule of activities that coincide with the run of the exhibit?

Aldwin !! 🙂 but you've already been to the mainland.

Alvin Minero baka naman pwede na. Di ka na siguro magkakasakit o tatamarin. 🙄

Gianna Paula ahmahghad let's go back na!!

Reiziel dalhin natin ang ating friend na si Maricel dito oh...

Clau 😤😤😤😤😤

Ro-Anne tara mag field trip

Brenda, babalik? o babalik? 😂

Ginalyn... japan japan.

Lheia N Cabangon dba mahilig k sa gnyan...

Princess Estrella😍 punta tayo sa ganto haha

Babyyyy Harvie!!!

Jessiree Grace Fernalou Anne Leosala punta tayo may workshop ng martial arts 🙂

Dea L. Pe Benito deanssss

Carmela Abendanio Mariejoy Gimena may bago tara na hahahaha

Jayaps Ong Justine Perez guys 😀

Hi Victor

Maje Garcia trip mo ba to 😂

Kris Alonzo kelan tayo

Celine Antonio GIIIIIIIIRL

Marco Janssen Paolo Cañeja

Prince Ibarreta❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗

Jonna Dionglay punta tayy

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2 weeks ago

National Museum of the Philippines

The NM and University of Melbourne completes this year’s Internship Program for the latter’s Masters in Cultural Materials Conservation students.

Two graduate students from the University of Melbourne’s Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation concluded their three weeks’ internship at the National Museum. Ms. Anastazja Harding and Ms. Sang Hee Lee were part of a group of eight students who began their internship in Guiuan, Eastern Samar. They assisted and observed the National Museum’s restoration of objects and interiors of La Inmaculada Concepcion Parish in Eastern Samar. This is part of our Guiuan Heritage Preservation Project in response to the damage that was the result of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, involving interdisciplinary research and retrospective documentation of built and moveable heritage.

In the last 4 years, the National Museum has been the recipient of student-interns from the University of Melbourne who are taking up Masters in Cultural Materials Conservation. This program specifically aims to provide these graduate students with professional qualifications in cultural material conservation, integrating theoretical and practical methods.

After Guiuan, Ms. Harding and Ms. Lee volunteered at the National Museum of Fine Arts to help in conserving selected artworks. Ms. Harding worked on the Portrait of Epifanio and Corazon de Leon (1976) by Gig de Pio. It was water-damaged during Typhoon Ondoy in 2009 but nonetheless a fine example of portraiture of its period and one of the artist’s largest. With her knowledge in conservation, Ms. Harding was able to clean the painting after interviewing the artist (in the photo). The information she collected regarding his materials and techniques enabled her to write an appropriate conservation treatment plan.

On the other hand, Ms. Lee, focusing on objects conservation, completed a condition assessment of the 19th century halberds that were weapons that belonged to the guards of the Spanish Governor General of the Philippines. These were donated in 2016 to the National Museum by Mr. Ben Swadley, Superintendent of Parkin Archaeological State Park, Arkansas, USA. Both are now on display at the Spoliarium Hall of the National Museum of Fine Arts. Moreover, in preparation for the opening of a new exhibition on sculptures from the National Fine Art Collection, Ms. Lee also cleaned Jose Datuin’s Gemini, a wooden sculpture painted with red acrylic.

At the end of their internship, both of them expressed their interesting time volunteering at the National Museum of Fine Arts as it will inform their future work. Ms. Lee will continue looking into working with different materials based in practices from different cultures while Ms. Harding is very interested in Southeast Asia and sees the opportunity to work in the Philippines very important in furthering her understanding of art in the region. Given their rather brief stay, they appreciate to have had the opportunity to conserve some of our country’s significant cultural heritage. International engagements such as this widen the perspective and knowledge of the National Museum staff, providing an avenue for exchanging knowledge in conservation and its cultural practices that ultimately lead to our mutual benefit.

Photos by Camille Calanno/NM FAD

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The NM and University of Melbourne completes this year’s Internship Program for the latter’s Masters in Cultural Materials Conservation students.

Two graduate students from the University of Melbourne’s Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation concluded their three weeks’ internship at the National Museum. Ms. Anastazja Harding and Ms. Sang Hee Lee were part of a group of eight students who began their internship in Guiuan, Eastern Samar. They assisted and observed the National Museum’s restoration of objects and interiors of La Inmaculada Concepcion Parish in Eastern Samar. This is part of our Guiuan Heritage Preservation Project in response to the damage that was the result of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, involving interdisciplinary research and retrospective documentation of built and moveable heritage. 

In the last 4 years, the National Museum has been the recipient of student-interns from the University of Melbourne who are taking up Masters in Cultural Materials Conservation. This program specifically aims to provide these graduate students with professional qualifications in cultural material conservation, integrating theoretical and practical methods. 

After Guiuan, Ms. Harding and Ms. Lee volunteered at the National Museum of Fine Arts to help in conserving selected artworks. Ms. Harding worked on the Portrait of Epifanio and Corazon de Leon (1976) by Gig de Pio. It was water-damaged during Typhoon Ondoy in 2009 but nonetheless a fine example of portraiture of its period and one of the artist’s largest. With her knowledge in conservation, Ms. Harding was able to clean the painting after interviewing the artist (in the photo). The information she collected regarding his materials and techniques enabled her to write an appropriate conservation treatment plan. 

On the other hand, Ms. Lee, focusing on objects conservation, completed a condition assessment of the 19th century halberds that were weapons that belonged to the guards of the Spanish Governor General of the Philippines. These were donated in 2016 to the National Museum by Mr. Ben Swadley, Superintendent of Parkin Archaeological State Park, Arkansas, USA. Both are now on display at the Spoliarium Hall of the National Museum of Fine Arts. Moreover, in preparation for the opening of a new exhibition on sculptures from the National Fine Art Collection, Ms. Lee also cleaned Jose Datuin’s Gemini, a wooden sculpture painted with red acrylic. 

At the end of their internship, both of them expressed their interesting time volunteering at the National Museum of Fine Arts as it will inform their future work. Ms. Lee will continue looking into working with different materials based in practices from different cultures while Ms. Harding is very interested in Southeast Asia and sees the opportunity to work in the Philippines very important in furthering her understanding of art in the region. Given their rather brief stay, they appreciate to have had the opportunity to conserve some of our country’s significant cultural heritage. International engagements such as this widen the perspective and knowledge of the National Museum staff, providing an avenue for exchanging knowledge in conservation and its cultural practices that ultimately lead to our mutual benefit.

Photos by Camille Calanno/NM FAD

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I love to see our young Filipino conservators doing the way around. Going to UM for learning and back here. Always politics and more politics.

Open po ba museum ng 27 August? 😶

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