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Review of Ayala Museum

Ayala Museum
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Manila Layover Tour: Overnight City sightseeing with Round-Trip Airport Transfer
Ranked #4 of 70 things to do in Makati
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 12 April 2014

The reviews said it was worthwhile, but on a pension it was a little expensive. They had a Senior discount that made it very affordable and it was well worth the time!

Thank Marie W
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

Great way of learning some of the history of the Philippines and viewing the dioramas in particular was worth the entrance fee. A worthwhile couple of hours.

Thank Joshua_Tree288
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

I visited this renowned museum last July, 2013, and the first thing that struck me is the modernity of the place. People tend to think that museums are old and musty and usually they are, but Ayala Museum felt like an ultra-modern mall. The aircon was cool and refreshing.

I tackled the museum from top down, starting with the Pre-Hispanic Gold Exhibit. The gold pieces are not only precious, but were very intricately done. The amount of gold and the elevated technical expertise that came with the designs surely seems to challenge the notion that the Philippines is a poor nation, or at least, in ancient times, the peoples that later became the Philippines were not poor. There were interactive displays, and, much to my admiration, there were shelves full of golden earrings, bracelets, and finials that came with magnifying lenses, since most of the detail are too small to be appreciated well by the naked eye.

An equally interesting exhibit for me was the hallway showcasing Chinese trade ceramics. From giant vases to inch-high statuettes (and these are the most beautiful), the variety and beauty of these century-old ceramics truly have the power to entrance anyone. There's an entire room devoted to blue-and-white Ming vases. And there's a corridor full of vases from other civilizations: Vietnam, Thailand, and even two from the Khmer Empire!

A floor down was an art exhibit, and an exhibit of attire worn by Filipinos during Spanish times.
And of course the dioramas! Carefully crafted scenes that bring Philippine history to three dimensions, thus making it more interesting. At the center was an exhibit of ship models, the Spanish galleons being quite impressive.

And then there's the museum shop, where books and other trinkets are sold. The books are interesting titles, especially the ones detailing the Gold Collection.

This is a must-see museum, not only for Filipinos but for any visitor to Metro Manila, as it provides a vision of the Philippines that may astonish and even impress!

Thank Ermaximum
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Reviewed 1 April 2014 via mobile

march 29
i brought my 7yr old daughter to the ayala museum.
the museum entrance fee is php250.00
it has 4 floors. 4th floor consists of the jewelry and other accessories made if gold which the family excavated in the early 1900s in Butuan.
my daughter was truly amazed to see the early filipinos in full color and with the royal accessories.making her believe that we filipinos do have our own king which we call rajahs, datus.
the 3rd floor consists of the chinaware collections from china
thend 2nd floor is made up of rare books and amorsolo paintings which my daughter has not yet found any interest.
the highlight of the tour is at the 1st floor with the dioramas telling the philippine story.

though i am still amazed with the dioramas. my daughter lost interesed by the time she reached no. 20.

she told me that if only the dioramas are more interactive.

ayala museum management should re think of updating the dioramas. kids now adays would love to explore touch feel smell everything they see. they are no longer satisfied by just looking a certain piece of art.

though the museum still has its charm it would be great if they could update their dioramas by making it more interactive for the new generation of museum visitors.

Thank rowiecantuba
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

We had no idea of the Philippines' involvement with gold over the centuries, and they had a magnificent exhibit with many treasures. We also enjoyed one about Chinese and other Asian trade ceramics as they came to the Philippines, plus three large artist exhibits.

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