Admission is free for the next six months!
When visiting Manila city in the Philippines, a trip to Intramuros is an itinerary essential. The walled city is ground zero when it comes to understanding the country’s culture and history while it was under the Spanish rule for more than 300 years.
Good news for museum addicts: right in the heart of this centuries-old city is the newly opened Museo de Intramuros — and you can visit for free! It occupies two newly-reconstructed historical buildings: the San Ignacio Church and the Mission House of the Society of Jesus, a religious congregation founded by the Spanish Saint Ignatius of Loyola. (Most of Intramuros was destroyed in the 1945 Battle of Manila during World War 2).
According to the Intramuros Aministration that manages the museum, it aims to share rare religious pieces from the 16th to the 19th century with the public. This includes art, textiles, vestments, furniture, and other artifacts.
The current in-house exhibition presents the story of the evangelization of the Philippines from the perspective of the Filipinos. It explores changes in the “Filipino” psyche as colonization introduced a new religion and culture to the natives.
“The pieces offer a glimpse of the locals’ response to the new religion and its aesthetics that the conquistadores had imposed on them,” says Guiller Asido of the Intramuros Administration, which handles the restoration, development, and promotion of the of Intramuros under the Philippines’ tourism department. “They are not exact replicas of the ones from Europe but are instead tangible insights on what Catholicism looked like in this part of the world.”
The current exhibit is divided into the six parts:
- Religious Orders
- Patronato Real
- Immaculate Conception
- Indio Response
- Establishment of Parishes
- Religious Colonial Paintings
Museum de Intramuros, corner Arzobispo and Anda Street, Intramuros, Manila; open Tuesdays to Sundays, 9am to 5pm; Admission is free.
Cebu Pacific has daily flights to and from Manila. From the airport, you can get to Museo de Intramuros via taxi. cebupacificair.com