The colorful history of a country just like the Philippines gives every Filipino a universal and dynamic idea of his being, origin and national identity. It necessitates the need to provide everyone several forms of information that will copiously inculcate the diverse and continuously unfolding cultural heritage of the Pinoys’ humble descendants.

Museums in the Philippines are one of the most touching and exemplary legacies of the most brilliant thinkers of this nation, that can be described in three superlative words.-Expressive, Grandiose and Culturally gratifying. However, these interesting points of interests are seldom visited by “commoners” of the Philippine mainstream.

Museum of the Filipino People.

Museum of the Filipino People.

For some reason, they have this senseless presumption that these places are only suitable for those youths who are still in the process of beginning to know and discover the beauty and wonders of Philippine history and culture through their educational tours and the likes. Not until you have personally witness the beauty and cultural grandeur of the Museum of the Filipino People.

The Museum of The Filipino People has its very own building that was previously designed as a public library, by Ralph Harrington Doane. He is the official American architect and consultant who came all the way from the Bureau of Public Works, USA. To accomplish this multi-million peso project with utmost perfection, he had appointed another guru in the field of architecture and design, in the person of Antonio Toledo.

In addition, it was finally built in the year 1918. During its construction phase, it was temporarily halted due to financial constraints. But when it had its makeovers, the notable Juan Nakpil did the job so well. In retrospect, the Museum of the Filipino People is an architectural structure that was an integral part of the momentous and noble dream of David Burnham, the main man behind the making of Baguio’s notable scenic spot, Burnham Park. This impossible dream was solely meant to make Manila an alluring center of Philippine Tourism. From then on, the Filipino People Museum was utilized by numerous political machineries such as the Senate of the Philippines and the House of Representatives. These lawmaking institutions had exclusively used the second up to the fourth floor of this noteworthy tourist attraction of the Philippines.

Meanwhile, the first- ever significant event that had taken place in this glorious point of interest was the Philippine Constitutional Convention of 1934. To provide you with a short overview as to what were the prominent divisions of this very enthralling museum, here are some of them. The front step of this future tourist attraction was where Philippine Commonwealth President Manuel Luis Quezon was sworn into office for the much coveted political position of the Philippine presidency, the Commonwealth Government. It’s third storey, houses the different regions and tribal groups of the Philippines. This can be seen at the Anthropology Section of the archive.

Famous artifacts inside the Museum of the Filipino People.

Famous artifacts inside the Museum of the Filipino People.

There are also the anthromorphic jars which were unexpectedly discovered in the Cave of Ayub. Those unique antiquities that were found in that cave dates back from as early as 5 BC. Purposely, these jars were used in those days to hold or sacredly keep the bones of the early Mindanao people. More so, its central hall provides everyone to see kull cap of a Tabon Man. Descriptively, the said artifact was rumored to mysteriously belong to a woman who had allegedly existed around 24,000 BC.

Generally, the largest portion of this Philippine attraction has been solely dedicated to these remnants of the not so distant past. To name a few, these can be any of the following: Coins, jewelries and those plates made of porcelain. Best of all, the nostalgic painting of Juan Luna which was popularly known as the Spolarium can be found at the mid- hall of the Museum of the Filipino People.

Visiting Hours

It is open from 10:00 A.M. till 4:30 P.M., with no lunch breaks. Their entrance fees vary accordingly with your sociological orientations. For students, the lowest rate of entrance would be Php 30.00. However, they have to present their valid school identification cards, during their educational tours. On the contrary, a waived entrance fee is exclusively offered to these administrative personnel. Faculty members, tour coordinators, museum staff and its dedicated workers along with their immediate family members. Nevertheless, the museum has its free entrance fee during Sundays only; which is limited to walk-in visitors. Thus, their senior citizen spectators are all required to present their valid ID’s to avail of the 20% discount. Consequently, they only have to pay a meager amount of Php 80.00. For group tours, the number of students which are duly required is 50 and above.

Based on their newest visiting protocol, this museum has daily ongoing exhibits, except every Mondays and Thursdays. Reservations wise, the Filipino People Museum is humbly requesting interested parties to initially settle at least 50% down payment when making their beforehand reservations. To do this in a more convenient way, here are the modes of payment that they are officially accepting are: Manager’s Check, Money Order c/o the National Museum and a Cashier’s Check only.


It is strategically located in Valencia Circle, Rizal Park, and Manila.

Philippine Museums are the greatest legacies of our forefathers. Herefore, the establishment of the Museum of the Filipino People is something that can be literally considered as worth visiting.


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