A Visit to the Art Gallery of the National Museum of the Philippines

We don't often go to museums with the kids, but the few times that we do prove to be most memorable and a fun learning experience. Last Sunday, we went to Keys To Discovery - the successful fund raising event organized by Keys School Manila. It was an afternoon of art and cultural appreciation held at the National Museum of the Philippines which also included a creative musical show from My Masterpiece Movement, culminated with a mini concert by the talented musicians from the Philippine Youth Symphonic Band.

SPOLIARIUM - a massive and magnificent masterpiece by Juan Luna

Truly an afternoon well-spent with family and friends - seeing the magnificent and one-of-a-kind works of art by our national artists.  It was sweltering that day but the spacious and fully air-conditioned galleries will cool your minds and bodies and feed your soul with the rich historical pieces and beautiful artworks like this 30-feet masterpiece by Juan Luna.

Here are just some of the masterpieces we saw at the National Art Gallery building.  Sorry, I failed to get the titles of all the art pieces... there were so many, we just kept walking and viewing and taking photos as we moved along with the tour. =)  There are other buildings housing more exhibits. Hopefully, we can go back to view the Museum of the Filipino People. I highly recommend a day at the museum to everyone. Take a cultural trip to the National Museum with the whole family this summer!

This DIWATA welcomes guests at the hall's entrance


Marking their checklist of artworks they've already spotted from the gallery.

A bust of our National Hero

Dr. Jose Rizal and his happy tribe. =)

Portrait of a Lady

Self-portrait by JUAN LUNA

A RETABLO - My kids said this is their favorite piece because it looks like a castle.

WATERMELON by Ang Kiukok

UNDER THE MANGO TREE by Fernando Amorsolo

TINIKLING by Amorsolo

After the tour, we watched the musical show and the kids drew on the sketch pad provided.
"I was inspired by the masterpieces in National Museum."  This was the boy's instant sketch that afternoon. =)

National Museum of the Philippines
P. Burgos Drive, Rizal Park, Manila
Museum fees:
Php 150.00 - adults
Php 50.00 - students
Group tour = Php 120.00 for adults and Senior Citizens / Php 40.00 for tour students
Entrance fee allows you to visit the National Art Gallery (in the Old Legislative Building), the Museum of the Filipino People (in the Old Finance Building) and the exhibitions at the National Planetarium.

Museum Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (except for the Planetarium which is closed on Sundays)
Closed to the public:  November 1, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Black Saturday. 
For inquiries: (632) 527-1215 or email: museum.education.nm@gmail.com

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