International Museum Day 2018
by: Manila For Kids

Every year since 1977, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) has organised International Museum Day on or around May 18. Their objective is to raise awareness on the fact that, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.”

On this day, participating museums plan creative events and activities related to the theme, engage with their public and highlight the importance of the role of museums as institutions that serve society and its development.  The theme chosen for 2018 is "Hyperconnected museums: New approaches, new publics".

In 2017, more than 37,000 museums participated in the event in some 156 countries. A number of museums in the Philippines participate again this year and open their doors to the public,  for FREE!

1. Museo Pambata

Museo Pambata is a children's interactive museum, it was the first of its kind in the Philippines when they opened in 1993. Unlike traditional museums where facts and artifacts are displayed behind glass shelves only to be admired but not touched, Museo Pambata features hands-on exhibits that encourage children to explore and discover various concepts while they play. The museum features 8 theme rooms, ranging from 'My body work' to 'Old Manila' and 'Market Place'. There are rare collections (dolls, kites, antiques) and special art exhibits.
Address: Roxas Boulevard corner South Drive, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila
Phone: 523-1797/98, 536-0595 Website:

2. Ayala Museum

This year's theme highlights the inportance of embracing technology and innovations to change up the museum experience and gain new audiences. With the launch of its Virtual Reality Rizal experience last year, and its own app just last moth, Ayala Museum has made it known that it is not afraid to use technology to creat new and exciting museum experiences. Even Ayala Museum's current changing Exhibits - Erwin Wurm's One Minute Scuplture and Alwin Reamillo's Bayanihan Hopping Spirit House - allow visitors to interact with the are, become the art, and just have fun with the experience. Ayala Museum invites you to celebrate International Museum day on May 20. Admission is free to all galleries and you can also take part in workshops and activities from Fujifilm Philippines and Bayanihan Hopping Spirit House's Alwin Reamillo. Free entrance on Sunday May 20, from 12NN-8PM. Registration starts at 11.30 AM, Fujifilm Instax Workshop: create Instax Paper Lanters with Vernocia Cosio from 3-5PM Artist Talk: Alwin Reamillo talks about the Bayanihan Hopping Spirit House's journey from Sydney to Manila from 5-6PM Address: Greenbelt, Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa, Makati City Phone: (02) 759 8288 Website:

3. Bahay Tsinoy

Bahay Tsinoy documents the saga of the Chinese in the Philippines from pre-Spanish to contemporary period. Children will enjoy the museum because they have almost-life sized dioramas depicting the early centuries. Address: 32 Anda corner Cabildo St., Intramuros, Manila Phone: (02) 527 6083 Website:

4. National Museum of the Philippines

The National Museum of the Philippines is a government agency museum that includes research and conservation programs within the museum and throughout the archipelago. The museum houses four buildings in Manila; the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Anthropology, the National Planetarium and the latest addition: the National Museum of Natural History which will be opened on International Museum Day 2018! All National Museum facilities offer free admission to everyone so you can visit for free any time. The National Planetarium charges a fee to watch a show. 

National Museum of Natural History

On May 18, the National Museum of Natural History will open its doors! Everyone is invited to join this celebration by viewing the permanent and special exhibitions and taking advantage of the free guided tours. The National Museum of Natural History tells the story of the Philippines' mega biodiversity and unique geological formation. It opens on May 18, be the first to see this beautiful museum!

National Museum of Fine Arts

Exhibitions cover Philippine art from the 17th to 20th centuries. but also feature modern and contemporary Philippine art from the 20th to 21st centuries as well as temporary exhibitions.

National Museum of Anthropology

This museum houses real canons, a maritime collection, archeological treasures and more! Kids will love to wander around the huge collection. Address: All buildings of the National Museum are found around Rizal Park, Intramuros, Manila Phone:  (02) 527 7889 Website:

5. Yuchengco Museum

The Yuchengco Museum opened its doors to the public in September 2005 and its primary goal is to foster a greater public appreciation of the finest international as well as national cultural, historical as well as design exhibitions and programs through the following themes:
  • Sino-Filipino Legacy: The ATY Art Collections
  • Art and Technology
  • Bridging Cultures
  • Design as Art, Art as Design
  • Buhay Rizal
Kids will marvel at their "Suspended Garden" and see paintings by Filipino masters like Juan Luna and Fernando Amorsolo. Address: RCBC Plaza Cor. Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Aves. Makati City Phone: (02) 889 1234 Website: