IN PHOTOS: New National Museum in Cebu to showcase the rich history and culture of the Queen City of the South

Visit the NMP-Cebu and discover the treasures of Cebu's past

At a glance

  • The museum will be open to the general public for free starting Aug.1, 2023

  • Photos from the official DOT Facebook page

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The newly inaugurated National Museum of the Philippines in Cebu (NMP-Cebu) will open to the public on Aug. 1, 2023. It is located in the heart of Cebu City's shipping district and features five key art galleries that showcase the rich history, culture, and natural wonders of Cebu.

The interiors of the new museum

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., First Lady Liza Marcos, DOT Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco, and other high-ranking officials from the Philippines, the National Museum of the Philippines, and Cebu Province were among the first visitors to the newly inaugurated NMP-Cebu.

“The inauguration is a true testament that when we pursue a united approach to any task, we can accomplish projects that will benefit generations of Filipinos,” Marcos said, in the inaugural event.

"Remain steadfast in further strengthening your institution’s resolve to pursue its mandate of managing and developing national collections in the fields of arts, cultural heritage, and natural history."

The inaugural event of NMP-Cebu last July 28, 2023

The first gallery, "Kinaiyahan: Cebu's Natural Wonders," features unique geological features and plant and animal species endemic to the area. The second gallery, "Ang Karaang Sugbo ug ang mga Kabiling Bahandi," contains significant archaeological finds that further educate visitors about the history of Cebu. The third gallery, "Paglawig: Cultural Movement Across the Seas," features exhibits on maritime history and industry. The fourth gallery, "The Philippine Center New York Core Collection of 1974," showcases artworks of leading Filipino artists in the early 1970s. The fifth gallery, "Ang Kamamugnaon ug Kinaadman ni Maestro Tinong," highlights the work of famed Cebuano artist Martino "Tinong" Abellana.

Here are some photos of the exhibits in the new museum:

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The NMP-Cebu is a valuable resource for tourism and education, and is sure to be a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. Kudos to the National Museum for this endeavor. One hopes that more localized branches of the National Museum will be built in the other regions of the islands.

The museum will be open to the general public for free starting Aug.1, 2023, from Tuesdays to Sundays, (except on religious holidays) from 9 a.m to 5 p.m.