One of the Philippines’ most historically significant provinces is Cavite. Because of its pivotal role in the Philippine revolution of 1898, it earned the title “History Capital of the Philippines.” If we recount every story about this province’s rich culture, we might not be able to finish in one sitting. But, as the saying goes, museums are the best storytellers.
So if you want to learn more about the province, here are five must-visit museums in Cavite!
5 Must-Visit Museums in Cavite
1. Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine
The Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine is a national shrine located in Kawit, Cavite. It is not only the home of the Philippine Republic’s first president but also the site where our nation’s independence was proclaimed over a century ago. Hence, dubbed the House of History.
The house’s ground floor features a permanent exhibit highlighting Cavite’s role in the revolution. While the second level, similar to the structures of Bahay na Bato during the 19th century, has a living room, bedrooms, dining area, and kitchen area. What’s more intriguing about this place is that every nook and corner serves a purpose. There were numerous secret passages! General Emilio Aguinaldo is, without a doubt, a strategic thinker.
2. Museo De La Salle
Want to feel what it was like to be an Ilustrado in the 19th century? Try to visit Museo De La Salle. This lifestyle museum, housed at De La Salle University-Dasmariñas, is committed to preserving the culture of the Ilustrados in the nineteenth century. It may appear to be a typical two-story Bahay na Bato, but it stores 4,384 collectible items.
3. Museo Orlina
Discover how art, life, and nature come together in Tagaytay’s Center for Arts and Culture, Museo Orlina. Visitors to this museum are given the opportunity to observe Ramon Orlina’s magnificent five-level glass sculpture exhibition. Along with the exhibit, this place has a rooftop café from where you can enjoy a cup of coffee while taking in views of Taal Lake!
4. GBR Museum
The GBR Museum bears witness to many significant and momentous events, not only in Cavite but also in Philippine and global history. This privately funded museum in General Trias, Cavite, exhibits over 3,000 vintage photographs as well as hundreds of aviation model units, Chinese ceramics, maps, war documents, and other historical materials donated by the founder, Mr. Geronimo Berenguer de los Reyes Jr. (GBR) from his personal collection.
5. Puzzle Mansion
If you enjoy puzzles or simply want to see something fantastic, this spot is for you!
Nestled in Tagaytay is the intriguing jigsaw art collection, owned by the late Georgina-Gil Lacuna. This museum initially served as a bed and breakfast place in 2010. However, after the World Guinness Records recognized Lacuna for having the largest collection of jigsaw puzzles in 2012, it was subsequently converted into a museum. The collection comprises 2D, 3D, and 4D puzzles and replicas of works by well-known artists.
If you want to experience some top-notch adventure or travel back in time, Cavite is a place you should add to your itinerary. Try out these museums, and your trip will be one you’ll never forget!
Maianne Dae is an aspiring broadcast journalist with deep interest in photography, pageantry, lifestyle, and current events. In her spare time, she prefers to watch documentaries and reality shows. She believes that inquisitive minds are what makes the world go round!