Located in the busy city of Makati; a district which makes up Metro Manila, is the Ayala Museum. Established for the purpose of celebrating and preserving the history, art and culture of the Philippines and its people, the Ayala Museum is an education and insightful attraction. The Ascott Makati, a luxury apart’hotel, is a highly recommendable and pleasant serviced residence which is ideal if you intend to stay in a short stay apartment Manila.
Situated on Dela Rosa Street, the Ayala Museum was established in 1967. Over the years the museum has kept growing, and its collection now includes archeological and ethnographic artifacts from numerous time periods in the history of Philippines. It also celebrates Philippine art and culture and has a large collection of both traditional and modern pieces of art and literature by the Filipino people. The six storey structure is methodical and well organized, and is sure to give you and insightful experience.
The Ayala Museum has many interesting permanent exhibitions. One of the major exhibitions is the ‘Gold of Ancestors: Pre-Colonial Treasures of the Philippines’, which showcases the riches of ancient Filipino civilizations as well as the fancy lifestyles of the wealthier classes. Another popular exhibition is ‘The Philippine Diorama Experience’, which tells the tale of Philippines via 60 handcrafted traditional Filipino dioramas. In 2013, the Ayala Museum opened the Filipinas Heritage Library, which contains an array of historical texts, books and manuscripts. Other exciting exhibitions of the museum include ‘Pioneers of Philippine Art’; showcasing a collection of art by Filipino artists such as Juan Luna and Fernando Zubel, the ‘Images of Nation’; a gallery of various pieces of visual art by Filipino artists and photographers, and the ‘DesignTalks’; which gives you the chance to interact with some of Philippines’ best in creativity.
All in all the Ayala Museum has a lot to offer and is sure to give you insights and wealth of knowledge on everything Filipino.
Intrigued by history, art and food, Shazzana Hamid is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary. Disguised as Lavinia Woolf she writes of the exhilarating and enchanting.