Ayala Museum

It was a quiet  Sunday alone and I wanted to make the most of my day-off in Manila so I decided to go exploring! I took the MRT to Ayala and found this place! Ayala Museum.

Ayala Museum is located at the corner of Makati Avenue and De La Rosa Street, right across The Link, The Landmark; adjacent to the PLDT building and Greenbelt (near the chapel, you can’t miss it hehe). Open Tuesdays to Sundays, 9 am to 6 pm.


There are two admission tickets available: Basic admission: Php 150 (1st floor to 3rd floor only). Full admission: Php 225 (1st to 4th floor). They also have different rates for non-residents, which frankly I do not understand but for a list of all prices and other details about visiting, click here.


I bought the basic admission and started from the 3rd floor going down. I don’t have any photos from the third floor exhibit which showed Fernando Zobel’s work from the 1960’s. His work was beautiful! Beautifully patterned lines, minimal color. I’ve always loved art and drawing since I can remember but I don’t know much about painters, techniques per se but you don’t have to be an expert to appreciate his work.


“The Diorama Experience” displaces sixty amazing dioramas spanned across the second floor of Philippine History. I spent a while on this floor actually, reading every one of them and learning! One of my favorites part was a video in one of the corners that was all about the time of the martial law.


Did you know back when we were under the Chinese they had sold us to the American’s for 20 million dollars?!


There are life size figures of people all over including Aeta’s (above), past presidents, Jose Rizal, some of them do make you feel small though! Hehe.


General Antonio Luna was a pharmacist by profession! (So am I! Hehe).


The second floor also holds the Maritime Vessels exhibit. Intricate, finely crafted ship models including the Pre-Hispanic sailboat, Chinese Junk, Arabian Baghla, Lorcha, Galleon and Caravel.


The first floor holds paintings and sculptures by Ronald Ventura. What do all this works have in common? Nude men and women. There are so many angles and stories that come out of his work, it was really quite fascinating to walk through this exhibit.


This was probably one of my favorites, I don’t know how to describe it, the painting looks like the subject is somehow afraid.


All in all, great experience! Although, while I’m writing this now I think that maybe I should have gotten the full admission because the fourth floor holds exhibits inlcuding the “Gold of Ancestors”, “A Millennium of Contact”, “Embroidered Multiples” and “Art and Order of Nature in Indigenous Philippine Textiles”.

I didn’t have a lot of photos and that’s because I wanted you all to see it for yourselves, if you appreciate art and need a nice relaxing day, go for a visit! For more details check out the official Ayala Museum website here

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