Ayala Museum is a modern building that houses extensive ethnological and archaeological displays related to the Filipino culture, history, art, and heritage. It is situated right in the midst of the Makati Central Business District offering a relaxing and educational respite from the chaos of the city. After you're done getting to know the country's history, you can quickly return to the modern day with a visit to the nearby shopping centre. There are also lots of other dining and entertainment options in the area.
Highlights at Ayala Museum Manila
Ayala Museum charges a reasonable admission fee of PHP500 which gives you access to four levels. They usually hold various weekly events on the first floor that aims to promote art and culture. There's also a rotating exhibit by Filipino masters like Juan Luna and Fernando Amorsolo. Usually you cannot take photos on the first-floor exhibit, so be sure to check. The same is true on the fourth floor which contains an amazing display of pre-Hispanic gold jewellery and artefacts. There's a nice gift shop on the third floor where you can buy home decor, art books, and other gift items.
The highlight of the Ayala Museum tour is definitely the 60 dioramas on the second floor which depicts the history of the Philippines from the early cavemen to the present day. We suggest doing the audio tour for a deeply engaging experience. If you're into miniatures and maritime history, you will also love the painstakingly crafted shipping vessels on display.
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Ayala Museum Manila
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 18:00 Tuesday to Sunday
- Location: corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati
- Tel: +63 (0)2 759 8288