National Museum of the Philippines to reopen on Oct. 19

Published October 17, 2021, 4:51 PM

by Manila Bulletin

The National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) will open its doors once again on Tuesday, Oct. 19.

Last Friday, Oct. 15, the NMP announced on its Facebook page the safety protocols that will be implemented at the museum upon its reopening.

It said only fully vaccinated individuals can enter the museum complex.

The NMP has four flagship museums — the National Museum of Fine Arts (NMFA), National Museum of Anthropology (NMA), the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), and the National Planetarium (NP) which was recently decommissioned.

The NMFA has 29 galleries featuring classic and contemporary artworks and sculptures from 19th century masters, National Artist awardees, and contemporary icons. It also features the most famous Filipino painting — Juan Luna’s “Spoliarium.” The NMA exhibits Filipino ethnographic, terrestrial, and underwater archaeological collections.

The permanent “Baybayin: Ancient and Traditional Scripts of the Philippines” gallery highlights the pre-colonial script, and features records from the colonial period.

The NMNH, which was launched in 2018, features the “Tree of Life”, a metal-framed glass dome which looms over the central courtyard. According to the NMP, this is the most visited museum, which features Filipino flora and fauna.

Lastly, the recently decommissioned NP features modern astronomical exhibits and the ethnoastronomy of indigenous Filipinos which shows how pre-colonial Filipinos were guided by star patterns.

The NMFA, NMA, and NMNH buildings are formerly the Legislative Building, the Department of Finance Building, and the Agriculture and Commerce Building, respectively.