International Museum Day is being universally celebrated this May 18. Part of those celebrations is several museums foregoing admission fees and opening entrance up to the public. So if you have no plans for the weekend yet, check out these museums with free admission either today, tomorrow, or for the whole weekend:
Don’t miss out on Ambassador Alfonso T. Yuchengco’s personal (and well-curated) art collection. When else will you get the opportunity to glimpse works from Juan Luna, Fernando Amorsolo, and Carlos “Botong” Francisco for free? Admission will be open for May 18, from 10 am to 6 pm.
Yuchengo Museum can be found inside RCBC Plaza, Corner Ayala Avenue, and Senator Gil J. Puyat Avenue in Makati City.
Metropolitan Museum of Manila
The ‘Met’ showcases the evolution of Filipino art throughout its history. While it offers free guided tours every Saturday at 2 pm, it’s doors are completely open on May 18 from 10 am to 5:30 pm. There will also be a free film showing of Niels Bolbrinker and Thomas Tielsch’s “Bauhaus Spirit: 100 Years of Bauhaus”.
Metropolitan Museum of Manila can be found at the BSP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Malate, Manila.
Everyone’s favorite childhood field trip visit is free from charge from 9 am to 5 pm on May 18. It will momentarily be closed for lunch from 12nn to 1 pm. Programs throughout the day are a folk dance presentation at 10 am, storytelling at 2 pm, then a shadowplay at 3 pm.
Museo Pambata can be found at Roxas Boulevard corner South Drive, Manila.
Why not plan a whole day-trip to Intramuros and take advantage of all the free activities happening this weekend? Bahay Tsinoy and Destileria Limtuaco Museum are waiving their respective entrance fees on May 18 from 9 am to 6 pm. The latter holds life-like dioramas focused on Chinese influence on the Philippines while the latter exhibits our drinking history.
Casa Manila Museum and the Bagumbayan Light & Sounds Museum will be open to the public on both May 18 and 19. Casa Manila Museum puts Philippine domestic life on display through the Spanish-era bahay-na-bato constructed in the 1980s. The Bagumbayan Light & Sounds Museum features a lights-and-sounds show that tells the story of Jose Rizal.
The Bahay Tsinoy can be found at Anda St., Destileria Limtuaco Museum at San Juan de Letran St., Casa Manila Museum at Plaza Luis Complex, General Luna Street, and the Bagumbayan Light & Sounds Museum at Victoria Street cor. Sta. Lucia Street.
This could be your last chance to catch Ayala Museum’s offerings for a while. They’ll be having a year-long closure starting in June so capitalize on their free entrance this May 19 from 1 pm to 7 pm. Aside from the usual galleries, a whole-day art fair and a children’s storytelling session will also be taking place from 3 pm to 5 pm.
Ayala Museum can be found at Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City.
Aside from these listed museums, others which are perpetually open to the public include The National Museum, The National Museum of Natural History, and De La Salle Benilde’s Museum of Contemporary Art and Design. While the Museo De Intramuros will hold free admission for its first 6 months open.
Did we miss any museums on our list? Let us know in the comments!