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Ayala Museum Makati City Reviews
Ayala Museum Sep 07, 2008
The Ayala Museum is an art and history museum located at the corner of Makati Avenue and Dela Rosa Street in Makati City, Metro Manila, the Philippines. Part of Ayala Center, it is one of the leading museums in the Philippines, as well as one of the most modern.
Diorama Experience — The core of the museum's historical collections is a group of sixty handcrafted dioramas which chronicle the history of the Philippines. These dioramas were handcrafted by artists from Paete, Laguna and have been a prominent attraction of the Museum since their completion in 1973. This collection depicts sixty major events and themes in Philippine history, from the pre-historic period to the recognition of Philippine independence by the United States on July 4, 1946. The exhibit culminates with People Power, which is a multimedia presentation that chronicles the events that led to the 1986 People Power Revolution, including the martial law years.
Boat Gallery — Highlighting the diorama collection of the museum is a boat gallery, which are exhibits of miniature watercraft that have been used since the earliest periods in Philippine history. These shows the evolution from floating logs to dugout canoes and finally to sophisticated boats.
19th century Paintings — This collection showcases the works of Damian Domingo, who painted tipos del pais, literally "types of the country", which highlight Philippine society, from fishermen to the mestizo elite. The collection of the Museum is a collection of 31 watercolor works from Domingo's atelier and has one of only five albums in existence of his genre painting.
Ethnographic Collection — The Museum also features a small collection of ethnographic artifacts from northern and southern cultural communities. These include tools, weapons, ritual objects, clothing, and body ornaments that are made of wood, bamboo, nito fiber, and other materials. The collection also includes a kulintang, a musical instrument consisting of gongs that are graduated in size and is beaten with a pair of sticks to produce sound. It is mounted on an ornate stand shaped into a naga, which is a mythical serpent in Maranao literature.
Works by Filipino Masters — The Museum's fine arts collection features important works by such Filipino masters as Juan Luna (1875-1899), Fernando Amorsolo (1882-1972), the first National Artist for Painting, and Fernando M. Zobel de Ayala (1924-1984).
Gold of Ancestors - consists of more than a thousand gold objects. The Ayala Museum boasts it is “the exhibit you’ve waited a thousand years to see.” Well, almost a thousand. There are more than a thousand objects on display, dated back to between the 10th and 13th centuries and excavated from all throughout the Philippines.
Source: Wikipedia and Inquirer.net
No picture taking is allowed inside the museum. If you bring a camera, you may deposit it in the frontdesk.
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I posted the exact title on my ticket above.
This 3 floored museum boasts of rich Filipino heritage. Having been stagnant in checking out local museums, this was a refreshing experience for me. After Isabetlog promoted this, I immediately invited myself to Apo's planned visit.
As I was advised by reception, it is better to start from the 4th floor going down, the rationale behind it eludes me. I was extremely dissappointed that cameras were not allowed inside and reluctantly left it at the baggage counter.
The museum has tons of Asian pottery that have been excavated from various points of the archipelago.
A show and exhibit not to miss would be the 'Gold of our Ancestors' which houses numerous pieces of gold artifacts known to be a status symbol in olden times. This consisted of jewelry, sequins, sword hilts, orifice coverings and other accessories.
I like the fact that the items looked well preserved and presented, making me appreciate the entrance fee.
What impressed me most was how interactive the museum was with drawers filled with items that had a magnifying glass atop for a closer view. A preview video welcomes you before you take the tour around the Gold of our Ancestors exhibit which was housed in what felt more like a well protected coliseum. There are also a few more videos here and there to give you brief histories of who and where the artifacts were found.
The priceless paintings of Antonio Luna and Fernando Amorsolo was also well worth the visit.
The lengthy diorama, consisting of over 50 scenes summarizing the Philippine history was what gave me the most goosebumps, reliving what I've learned so long ago in my History subjects.
If you are eager to soak up a bit of the Philippine history, this museum is a good place to start.
For Locals: Php 225
For Tourists: Php 450