Pinto Art Museum
Sierra Madre Street, Antipolo City, Philippines
Pinto Art Museum Antipolo City Reviews
an intersection of man made art and nature Dec 05, 2015
I was with four TravBuddy members when I paid a visit to Pinto Art Museum. It was Lester’s (wanderlust_rxist0324) brilliant idea to visit the museum, and I was not disappointed.
Nestled in the hilly town of Antipolo is an extraordinary destination when it comes to art collections and set up of a museum. The travel time usually takes an hour from the big city via (private) car. However, due to traffic drawbacks, sometimes, it might take longer to travel, so, it is best to start early. Unless, of course, the person knows some shortcut roads to Antipolo. For directions, please make use of the recent navigation app on your electronic device! (Those who are reading this review and know how to get there, please write it in the comment box. Thanks!)
Basing on its main façade, the museum may not look impressive, however, the design of the building is a combination of Mediterranean and Spanish-inspired architecture, which is quite lovely. The entrance door is a steel painted in blue and an arch stone (Santorini-feel) with a bell hanging above. As soon as a visitor pass the entrance door, next is the ticket counter where a reasonable fee should be handed out, and in return, a stub and a guide to the museum is hand back to the visitor. Entrance fee is only PhP180.00/person (around US$4.50).
Inside the premises are numerous art forms (some are cute, and some are unique slash weird.) The artworks are graciously scattered all over the one-hectare vast land. The central theme here is modern art with a twist of antiquity and innovative arts. Sculptures in different types (wood, metal, stone, clay, steel) abound, but the vast and beautiful garden is what truly made this place very charming. Beside the main building, there are several other structures inside including a quaint chapel, four art galleries, restaurants (indoor and outdoor,) rooftop gardens, a swimming pool, and perhaps the residence of the owners. One of the uniqueness of this place is the presence of beds (yes, as in sleeping beds) everywhere. Probably for guests to lie down on their backs when they get tired of roaming around.
Four white wash buildings housed the galleries of elegant and modern art pieces from paintings to exquisite sculptures to paper mache’ crafts, to antique photographs, to framed fabrics, to ceramic tiles, and so on. Moreover, there are full of “secret” doors that lead to another gallery, and if not careful, it is very easy to get disoriented. However, it is perfectly alright also to “get lost” in the vicinity since the sprawling garden provides a calm oasis and a peaceful place for resting.
When a visitor needs to give a remedy to that hunger pangs, there are restaurants on the property. Outdoor dining is nicer and more romantic versus dining in the restaurants. The lush greens next to dining tables give that mellow dramatic but laid back ambiance. As far as the food, some are worth trying. Price-wise; most dishes on the menu are reasonably priced. One dish to avoid though is “Bagnet," and don't ask me why! For the hardcore sweet tooth, try the local dessert Halo-Halo (topped with salted caramel ice cream.) Yummylicious!
Other tidbits of information:
There is no parking, but not very many go there in private vehicles.
Wear comfy footwear. A visit to this site entail lots of (pleasant) walking.
The restrooms are clean and supplied with toilet papers, hand towel, and liquid soap. Nicely decorated too.
Guests are free to take pictures of the art galleries and the garden.
Overall, this place is not only fantastic for art nosing, but it is also a conducive place for relaxation and be in touch with nature. The sights of colorful flowers, lush trees and blue sky add to it the sounds of gushing water and birds singing, what’s not to like in this off-the-beaten-path museum?
Part of the PHILIPPINES 2015: A RANDOM TRIP travel blog
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