Art Museums in Metro Manila That Your Kids Will Definitely Love

Exposing your child to arts at an early age has numerous positive effects. He develops a creative mind and learns to express his ideas through a different medium. While there are a lot of ways to introduce your arts to your little one, visiting places that can stimulate his mind and cultivate his interest towards arts is one of the most effective methods.

Below is a roundup of kid-friendly art museums that you can include in your next weekend destination list.

1. Art in Island

It is the biggest 3D interactive art museum in the Philippines guaranteed to make your little one enjoy while exploring their various themed zones. One big plus about this museum is that there are optical illusions set-up in which you can be part of the artwork.

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2. Museo Pambata

The Museo Pambata is a children’s interactive museum, the first of its kind in the Philippines. It is in a sense an alternative to the formal classroom environment where learning resembles a one-way street – the teacher imparts knowledge and the students absorb it.

In Museo Pambata, children can use their total senses and learn various concepts at their own pace. It excites the minds of the young, inspires them to learn more, and most importantly revitalizes what child learning should be – fun and exciting!

Unlike traditional museums where facts and artifacts are displayed behind glass shelves only to be admired but not touched, Museo Pambata features hands-on exhibits that encourage children to explore and discover various concepts while they play.

The museum features 8 theme rooms, ranging from ‘My body work’ to ‘Old Manila’ and ‘Market Place’. There are rare collections (dolls, kites, antiques) and special art exhibits.

  • Admission Fee:
    • PHP 250 (for children 2 years old and above and adults)
    • Museum workers and teachers (with valid IDs) – FREE
    • Manila residents (with valid IDs) – FREE on Tuesdays and 50% discount on other days (not applicable for group tours)
  • Address: Roxas Boulevard corner South Drive, Manila, Philippines
  • Operating Hours: 
    • Tuesdays to Saturdays – 8 AM to 5 PM from September to February
    • 9 AM to 5 PM from March to August
    • Sundays – 1 PM to 5 PM
    • The museum is closed on Mondays and
      selected official holidays.
  • Phone Number: 
    • Tel: (632) 523-1797/98, 536-0595
    • Fax: (632) 522-1246
    • Mobile: +63 918-382-2212
    • Booking Hours are from Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM
  • Email: info@museopambata.org
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/museopambata
  • Instagram: www.instagram.com/museopambata

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3. Ayala Museum

Ayala Museum, located at the heart of the Makati Central Business District, Philippines, is a breathing space amidst the hustle and bustle of Metropolitan Manila. Whenever visiting the country, the museum is surely one of the best places to lose yourself in amazing contemporary art and uplift your spirit through the Philippines’ inspiring history.

Among the museum’s highlights is its collection of archeological artifacts, notably the Gold of Ancestors: Pre-Colonial Treasures in the Philippines, which serve as a testament to the Filipinos’ rich ancestry and inherent craftsmanship. An impressive selection of trade ceramics from Southeast Asia and China from the Roberto T. Villanueva collection are also on display in the exhibition A Millennium of Contact, signifying the history of the country’s flourishing economic relationship with its neighbors. Art and the Order of Nature in Indigenous Philippine Textiles provides a new way of seeing this traditional craft. The textile collection was generously donated by Mercedes Zobel and a  selection of which has been analysed by the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London, UK.

  • Admission Fee:
    • PHP 425 for regular adults 
    • PHP 300 for students, senior citizens and persons with disabilities 
    • PHP 225 for discounted adult resident
    • PHP125 for local students, senior citizen, PWD
    • Free for tour guides/ teachers
  • Address: Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City
  • Operating Hours:
    • Ground-Fourth Floor Galleries: Tuesdays-Sundays | 9am to 6pm
    • Filipinas Heritage Library: Tuesdays to Saturdays | 9am to 6pm
    • ArtistSpace: Mondays-Sundays | 10am to 7pm
  • Phone Number: (632) 717-5800 loc 5821; Fax: (632) 813-4488
  • Email: hello@ayalamuseum.org
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/theayalamuseum
  • Instagram: www.instagram.com/ayalamuseum

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