There is no doubt that the primary role of museums is to engage and educate the community. Museum exhibits inspire interest in an area of study, item, time period, or idea. Experiences, such as visiting a museum, can also become a meaningful part of one’s identity and contribute to successful social relationships in a manner that material items cannot. The good news is, museums and heritage sites in Manila are now reopening as the government eased quarantine restrictions last weekend.
IATF finally allows the re-opening of museums and heritage sites in Manila and nearby provinces
The good news is, museums and heritage sites in Manila are now reopening as the government eased quarantine restrictions last weekend. We can finally get our daily dose of culture! The museums that are back in operation are Intramuros (Casa Manila, Fort Santiago, Museo ni Rizal, and Baluarte de San Diego) and the National Museum complex (National Museum of Fine Arts, National Museum of Anthropology, and National Museum of Natural History) in Manila.
However, you must take note that IATF limits the capacity of these tourism sites to 20 percent only. Also, this is still subject to health and safety restrictions of the Department of Tourism (DOT) and other related LGUs. They do not still allow tourist guides.
Intramuros allows visitors age 18 to 65 years old and senior citizens who already got their vaccines. They just need to pay PHP 75 for adults and PHP 50 for students and persons with disabilities via cash or digital wallet.
On the other hand, the Casa Manila Museum has a maximum capacity of 15 persons at a time, with 5 people in a group. It is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 8 AM to 5 PM.
Casa Manila Museum, meanwhile, is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, with a maximum capacity of 15 persons at a time, 5 people in a group. You can also stop by Baluarte de San Diego from 8 AM until 5 PM. and they only allow 100 persons at a time.
Museo ni Jose Rizal at Fort Santiago is also now open again over the weekend to commemorate the 160th birthday of Jose Rizal. You and your friends can visit from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 AM to 4 PM. It can accommodate up to 140 walk-in visitors a day and the entrance is free of charge.
They still do not permit guided tours for the said locations. The rest of Intramuros, which includes the Dungeons and Asean Gardens, is not yet open.
National Museum Complex
Art and history lovers can now visit the National Museum of Fine Arts, National Museum of Anthropology, and National Museum of Natural History. It is open to the public from Tuesday until Sunday from 9 AM to 12 PM (AM session) and from 1 PM to 4 PM (PM session).
Only 100 visitors can enter per session, with only those 15 years old and above allowed. Fully vaccinated senior citizens must present their vaccination cards to be allowed entry. All guests must bring a valid ID with their date of birth on it.
Moreover, visitors are also required to make online reservations at least a day before they plan to visit. To schedule a visit, go to reservation.nationalmuseum.gov.ph. There’s an option to book a solo trip or a group trip with a maximum of four companions for an AM or PM session. Fill out the necessary details then click the “Confirm” button. After that, you will receive a confirmation via email. That’s it!
Which of these museums and heritage sites in Manila are you planning to visit?
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