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“A visit to the past”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Ayala Museum

Ayala Museum
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Manila Layover Tour: Overnight City sightseeing with Round-Trip Airport Transfer
Ranked #3 of 65 things to do in Makati
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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“A visit to the past”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2014

I visited the musuem in April 2014. It has an entry fee of ~ 400 peso. The museum offered a good tour to the past - about artifacts, history and culture of the country. Through sound and video shows and through images of the bygone days, the museum makes a good attempt to tell you about the history, culture, evolution and politics of Philippines.

Although, since I am not a person who would enjoy getting to understand historial intricacies, was just about an ok experience for me. And also, I found the entry fee quite too steep for what the museum offered.

Would recommened the museum if you are really keen to understand the politics and how the last few centuries have been for Philippines, and if you have about 3-4 hours to spend on it.

Visited April 2014
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“Wonderful diorama”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2014

A very nice museum, located quite close to the Ayala train station (about a ten-minute walk). The museum is in very good condition, exceptionally clean, and spread over four floors. An exhibition about gold in the Philippines was very good, in modern museum style, including some audiovisual displays. However the highlight for me was the collection of dioramas which gave a sense of the history of the Philippines from antiquity until very recently. Each diorama was digestibly small enough to be informative and interesting, without being too long, and I got a really good sense of the history of the nation in an hour or so. If you are new to the Philippines, this would be an exceptionally good place to start, and would unravel the Spanish and American links well enough to make sense of what you see and hear elsewhere. There was also a published book version of the diorama, inexpensive and worth getting as a reference.

It was irritating that I was unable to take any photos inside; I never quite understand why this is done. I understand people being prevented from taking flash photos, and of course I understand a reluctance for professional photos for commercial reasons, but why should ordinary people be prevented from taking a few snapshots to remind themselves and their families of what they saw?

Visited April 2014
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“Surprisingly good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2014

If you are in Makati, do find out what exhibitions are on here. There is a permanent display tracing the history of the Philippines using a series of dioramas (visual representations of key moments created using models) which are old-fashioned but still engrossing. I was also fortunate to see two other very interesting and well-curated exhibitions on the historical role of the country as a trading centre in the region. The ground floor cafe is good, too.

Visited March 2014
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“Superb Philippines Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2014 via mobile

All I can say. Visit Ayala Museum. It's really worth it. This place is a high-class museum. Every floor there is something to see. Its a great date too. I love the paintings and the Gold!!!. You must see the philippines gold! It's just so amazing. Downside of this place. You cant take pictures inside. :( security is high.

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“must visit in Manila”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

This was a great museum. I especially liked the gold exhibit and the diorama exhibit that explained a lot of Philippine history. It was within walking distance from our hotel and right at the Greenbelt mall.

Visited March 2014
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