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“Our visit could've been better...” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Davao Museum of History and Ethnography

Davao Museum of History and Ethnography
Ranked #15 of 71 things to do in Davao City
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Owner description: This museum tells the story of the scenic Davao area.
Manila, Philippines
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54 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Our visit could've been better...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2014

Just like the Philippine Eagle Center, Museo Dabawenyo's website indicates that there are free tour guides in this museum.

Upon registering at the front desk and leaving our bags at the baggage counter, we were instructed where the museum entrance is. Wow, is that what the tour guide's role is? Or are we not worth their time because we are just fellow Filipinos? -calling the attention of this Museum's management.

The first level of this museum is filled with historical data printed on divider walls, along with pictures of past tribal leaders and miniature models of tribal houses. We need to read as much because the "great guides explaining Davao history"- (as experienced by daveblinx) are not there to assist us.

The most informative part of the museum is the TV which shows a few minutes video of Davao's transformation through the years.

We went to the second level where you'll see framed pictures of Davao's important structures' "before and after".

The place is well-kept, with good lighting, cold air-con, and there's a toilet for the guests' convenience.

It would've been a better experience, if just like our foreign tourist counterparts, we were assisted by this museum's "friendly and knowledgeable guides"-(according to Darrel H).

We felt alienated by our fellow Filipinos because perhaps their definition of "tourists" are equivalent to "foreigners"... :-(

Visited June 2014
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English first
Blackburn, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Nice free museum - great guides explaining Davao history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2014

The museum was had no entrance fee and the knowledgable and friendly guide showed us around. The excellent guide gave us the tour in English, as I'm from England and my wife is Dabawena.
It was interesting to learn about the different cultures and see the artefacts. I think the visit lasted 30 - 45 mins and It held my interest. Worth a visit if your San Pedro downtown area.

Visited May 2014
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1 Thank daveblinx
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makati
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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Beautiful museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

nice to know the different cultures of Davao and what Mayor Duterte did to the city to get so many citations and awards.....

Visited April 2014
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Thank cristydti
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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80 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Great little museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2014 via mobile

Great place to come and cool off and get to know a bit of local history. I like places like this as they are not to full of information just enough to give you a sense of the place. Guides are friendly and knowledgeable.

Visited February 2014
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1 Thank Darrel H
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manila
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46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“its worth the trip”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

a great learning experience. its worth the trip.the staff are freindly and the exhibits are very well maintained and taken cared of.

Visited January 2014
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Thank donzero
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