The National Museum of the Philippines is a government institution that serves as an educational and cultural institution in preserving the national art collections of the Philippines. Since 1998, the National Museum of the Philippines has deemed as regulatory and enforcement agency of the National Government in the restoring and safeguarding of important cultural properties, sites and reservations throughout the Philippines. The National Museum of Fine Arts, formerly called the National Art Gallery, is housed in the old Legislative Building. The building was originally intended as a public library as proposed in Daniel Burnham’s 1905 Plan for Manila. Designed by Ralph Harrington Doane, the American consulting architect of the Bureau of Public Works, and his assistant Antonio Toledo. Construction of the building began in 1918 and completed in 1921.
Here’s a series of photographs taken in different parts of The Museum of Fine Arts of the The National Museum of the Philippines during the National Museum Day back in 2016.
If you want to head over to the National Museum of the Philippines, here’s a Google Map point for you to get directions from. The museum is normally open by 10AM and closes by 5PM. On average 3-4PM has the most number of people inside the museum, so get there as early as possible and preferably before noon. Admission is absolutely free and they are closed during Mondays. The National Museum of the Philippines hosts Juan Luna’s exemplary masterpiece, The Spolarium, which greets you in the main reception hall (or Hall of the Masters) of the museum. The other important painting that you’d have to see is Inside are the Virgenes Cristianas Expuestas al Populacho by Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo.
It’s an easy drive if you’re going via United Nations Avenue or Roxas Boulevard. Be warned though, parking is not that easy in the area.