By Philippine News Agency
A new museum in Intramuros that will house some 2,000 ecclesiastical artifacts, architectural details, and anthropology artifacts will hold its soft opening this year.
Architect Ramil Tibayan, officer-in-charge of the Intramuros Administration Cultural Properties and Conservation Division, said the museum is being constructed along Arzobispo St. in Intramuros, on the site of the former Jesuit church and convent (1878).
Tibayan said the total budget for the project is P400 million.
“It will house mainly ecclesiastical artifacts, architectural details, clothing, prints, anthropology artifacts, and furniture. The artifacts count is approximated at about 2,000 pieces,” Tibayan said in an e-mail interview.
“The collection is mostly Spanish colonial artifacts, as well as the venue is unique, granting, that it used to be the Jesuits church and convent.”
He said that the soft opening in July will include the offices and only some artifacts. The museum will be fully opened to the public by 2020 or earlier.
“We have targeted a soft opening for this year. This opening includes only the offices and only some artifacts. But for its full operation, depending on the circumstances, we can open to the public fully by 2020 or earlier,” he added.
Tibayan said the Board of Administrators has not yet decided if the museum will require an entrance fee.
At present, there are about 13 museums in Intramuros, eight of which are open to the public. The Intramuros Museum will be the 14th museum inside the walled city.