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LIST: Museums with free entrance, special exhibits and events to check out this October 2022

By Katelyn Cassandra Alvarez Published Oct 04, 2022 10:45 am Updated Oct 16, 2022 5:37 pm

Museums around the Philippines are ready to celebrate Museum and Galleries Month this October. 

By virtue of Proclamation No. 798, signed in 1991, October is celebrated every year as Museum and Galleries Month to promote the country's cultural and natural heritage.

Interested in going on a different kind of date this month? Here are just some of the events, special exhibits and promos happening in museums and galleries around the metro. 

National Museum of the Philippines  

To kick off your museum-hopping experience, the National Museum of the Philippines welcomes October with the theme ‘Embracing Uncertainty: Showing Solidarity, Hope, and Recovery’. The lineup of events honor the “resilience and resourcefulness of the Filipino to overcome the pandemic and look forward to a new normal.”  

Special gallery tours will be held starting October 1 to 9 to mark the first week of the whole month activity.  This includes visiting around the halls of the National Museum of Fine Arts, National Museum of Natural History, and other special guided tours around other museums across the country. 

  • Week 1 (October 1-9): Special Gallery Tours
  • Week 2 (October 10-16): Film Screenings and Lectures
  • Week 3 (October 17-23): Performance-led Activities
  • Week 4 (October 24-31): Workshops

Film screenings and lectures will be conducted from October 10 to 16. There's also a lecture and demonstration about Panagaramid ti Tinubong, an artist talk with Michael Levya, and a whole lot more are about to unfold this second week. 

Performance-led activities will be highlighted at the museum from October 17 to 23.  And to seal the cap of Museums and Galleries Month 2022, National Museum of the Philippines will provide workshops starting from October 24 to 31. 

Sneak peeks for the final lineup of events and venue for the third and fourth weeks of October are yet to be posted.  

You can also visit the National Museum's website for more details and updates on events. 

Manila Clock Tower Museum 

The Department of Tourism, Culture, and Arts of Manila announced that the first clock tower museum is set to open in the Philippines, in celebration of the Museums and Galleries Month this October.  

According to the post, the museum will have an immersive multi-sensory exhibit featuring the works of well-known visual artists such as Rene Robles. Aside from that, 3D and video portrayals of historical events including the Battle for Manila will be showcased as well. 

Hold on to your seats and prepare for this much-awaited launching in history! The exact opening date is yet to be announced. For updates, you can visit their Facebook page.

Ayala Museum 

Free admission to Ayala Museum for a whole month? Count us in! 

On their Facebook account, Ayala Museum announced its treat in line with the Museum and Galleries Month this October. 

From October 5 to 29, teachers, librarians, and museum workers are entitled to free admission to Ayala Museum and the Filipinas Heritage Library. 

To avail the promo for the museum tickets, book your tickets on their website (www.ayalamuseum.org/visit) and select ‘Free for Teachers, Librarians, and Museum Workers’, along with your chosen date and time from their 10 AM - 2 PM timeslot. After this, you can just wait for the confirmation email and completion of your registration process. 

Meanwhile, to get the library pass for Filipinas Heritage Library, you must book on their website (filipinaslibrary.org.ph/booking) and type ‘MGMonth2022’ in the discount code box. After this process, expect a confirmation email from the librarian to confirm your passes.  

Be reminded that an ID must be presented upon entering to validate your ticket. Tickets are also non-convertible to cash or credits.  

Museo ng Muntinlupa 

Museo ng Muntinlupa is finally open for visits once again.

On October 3, Museo ng Muntinlupa finally re-opened its doors to welcome visitors from 10 AM to 4 PM. The museum will be open to the public from Monday to Saturday. Museo ng Muntinlupa is rolling out exciting activities for the month of October, including a free art workshop, free film showing, conferences, and many more. 

The final set of dates and activities are as follows: 

  • Luntiang Lungsod Exhibit Launch and Dance Concert (October 22) 
  • Free Art Workshop: Coloring Hope (October 8) 
  • Artist on Artist: Muntinlupa Fashion Designers (October 12) 
  • Free Art Workshop: The Art of Resilience (October 22) 
  • Museo Research Conference (October 25) 
  • Artist on Artist: Muntinlupa Painters (October 26) 
Gateway Art Fair in Araneta City 

Art season is in the air! 

Featuring 11 art groups, more than 200 artworks, and 3 days of art demos, Araneta City is holding the ‘Gateway Art Fair’ for the month of October. 

Araneta City is inviting everyone to join their 3-day art extravaganza at the Gateway Mall Activity Area on October 7, 8, and 9. The ceremonial opening will take place on October 7 4PM, at the same venue.  

To mark Museums and Galleries Month, Araneta City aims to connect and let the active local artists meet with their art communities through their passion in making art. So if you want to meet your co-artists and share your talent as well, this event might be just for you! 

UST Museum 

For the month of October, the yellow tiger welcomes you for free!  

On a Facebook post last September 29, University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Museum, announced that they would be opening the museums for free to all the visitors every Thursday for the month of October. 

 

The viewing schedule for the UST Museum starts on 8:30 AM until 1:30 PM. Be reminded that the free entrance promo is only applicable for the public on October 6,13, and 20. Thus, on regular days, Tuesdays to Fridays, a fee will be made for Non-Thomasian people.

UST currently has an ongoing exhibit called “UST GOES NAMJOONING: Capturing Moments on Campus” which aims to familiarize audiences with UST campus landmarks through BTS leader and main rapper Kim Namjoon. Namjooning refers to the habit of exploring museums and natural landscapes as a time for self-relaxation.

The exhibit which has been running since September 14, has been extended due to popular demand for two more days: Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23, 2022.

The university museum also stated on their website that souvenir shots for personal, non-commercial use, and without flash are the only ones allowed as you visit the vicinity. However, you can ask permission to take other photographs and recordings for other purposes, including but not limited to research, publication, or professional use.  

For more details, you can check their website via ustmuseum.ust.edu.ph  or contact them on their number (+632-8781-1815).