Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Exploring Museums in Makati City

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Museums showcase our country’s history. It exhibits our culture, tradition and customs. It is a source of our pride as it highlights our Filipino heritage.

What museums can be found in Makati?

If you’ll look at the Makati map, you’ll find three in the city. They are as follows:

1. Ayala Museum. Established in 1967 under the auspices of Ayala Foundation, Inc, this art and history museum presents permanent exhibitions like The Diorama Experience which is composed of 60 handcrafted dioramas highlighting major events and themes from prehistoric times up to the EDSA People Power Revolution; Maritime Vessels that shows several models of different watercrafts that plied in the Phil seas; Gold of Ancestors that shows more than one thousand hold object from the Philippine culture that existed before the colonization in the 16th century like golden sashes, necklaces, earrings and finger rings, bracelets and anklets; Embroidered Multiples which includes rare silk trousers or sayasaya worn by elite men; work of arts by Luna, Amorsolo and Zobel from the late 19th to the 20th century; and a display of more than 500 Chinese and Southeast Asian ceramics.

Located at Makati Avenue cor. Dela Rosa Street, it is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, from nine in the morning until six in the evening.

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2. Yuchengco Museum.
Initially created to house the art collection of Secretary Alfonso T. Yuchengco, it was later opened to the public in September 2005 to foster greater appreciation of the finest Filipino and Filipino-Chinese visual arts and creativity. Among its themes include Sino-Filipino Expressions that looks at the best attributes of the twin-heritage: Chinese hardworking skills and craftsmanship and the Filipinos’ highly expressive and adaptive sensibility; Bridging Cultures which serves as a culture bridge to Asian and Pacific Rim communities and the rest of the world; Design as Art, Art as Design which stresses that a design must express its utility in a way that the aesthetic debate whether form precedes function or the other way around is non-existent; and Programs that link various sectors and audiences through Young Curators Program, Art workshops on Chinese traditional painting/calligraphy and volunteer/internship programs.

Located at the RCBC Plaza corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues, it is open from Mondays to Saturdays from 10am to 6pm.

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3. Museo Ng Makati
. Constructed in 1918, the it is primarily a municipal museum housing archaeological and ethnographic artifacts that includes preserved earthenware and fossil remains of prehistoric animals. It showcases a collection of murals, dioramas, rare photographs, basically treasures and relics of the town’s glorious past.

Located at J.P. Rizal corner A. Mabini Streets, exhibit hours are from 8 to 5 in the afternoon, Tuesdays to Sundays.

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Contributed by Justin Torres

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