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LOOK: Museums to offer free admission on May 18

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By Katherine Marajas

Since 1977, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) has organized International Museum Day every May 18th to strengthen public’s level of understanding about the importance of museums in the development of society.

According to ICOM President Dr. Hans-Martin Hinz, museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures, and development of mutual understanding, cooperation, and peace among peoples.

This year’s chosen theme is “Hyperconnected museums: New approaches, new publics.”

“Hyperconnectivity is a term invented in 2001 to design the multiple means of communication we have today, such as face-to-face contact, email, instant messaging, telephone or the Internet. This global network of connections becomes each day more complex, diverse and integrated. In the hyperconnected world of today, museums join the trend,” the organization shared.

ICOM said the International Museum Day garnered record-breaking participation with more than 36,000 museums hosting events in some 156 countries last year.

Here’s a list of participating museums offering free admission in accordance with the celebration.

Yuchengco Museum

(photo from Yuchengco Museum)

(photo from Yuchengco Museum)

According to its website, the Yuchengco Museum opened its doors to the public in September 2005. Its primary goal is to foster a greater public appreciation of art through the finest international as well as local, cultural, historical, and design exhibits and programs.

In addition, the museum was created to house the art collection of Ambassador Alfonso T. Yuchengco, and highlight his distinguished career as a businessman, diplomat, collector, philanthropist, patron of the arts, and advocate for education in the Philippines and beyond.

RCBC Plaza, Corner Ayala & Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues Makati City

Free admission on May 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Museo Pambata

(photo from Vigattin Tourism)

(photo from Vigattin Tourism)

Museo Pambata highlights hands-on exhibits that stimulate the youth to explore and become aware of various concepts while they play.

Roxas Boulevard corner South Drive Ermita, Manila

Free admission on May 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Metropolitan Museum of Manila

(photo from Metropolitan Museum of Manila)

(photo from Metropolitan Museum of Manila)

The Metropolitan Museum of Manila was originally built as a venue for international art exhibitions in 1976, aimed at expanding the exposure of Filipinos to the visual arts of foreign cultures while enhancing cultural diplomacy according to its website.

The museum was among the first to develop and extend its audience reach by embracing the philosophy of ART FOR ALL, adopting a bilingual approach to exhibition texts, and implementing a vigorous education and community outreach program.

The museum offers free guided tours for visitors from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. aside from free admission.

BSP Complex, Roxas Blvd, Malate, Manila

Free admission on May 18, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Ayala Museum

(photo from Ayala Museum)

(photo from Ayala Museum)

As stated on its website, Ayala Museum is a breathing space amidst the hustle and bustle of Metropolitan Manila. The museum is surely one of the best places to lose yourself in amazing contemporary art and uplift your spirit through the Philippines’ inspiring history.

Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street Greenbelt Park, Makati City

Free admission on May 20, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Bahay Tsinoy

(photo from Bahay Tsinoy/ Facebook)

(photo from Bahay Tsinoy/ Facebook)

Bahay Tsinoy features a collection of artifacts of the ethnic Chinese in the Philippine life and history.

32 Anda corner Cabildo Streets, Intramuros, Manila

Free admission on May 18, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

National Museum of Natural History

(National Museum of Natural History/ Instagram)

(National Museum of Natural History/ Instagram)

The National Museum of Natural History will open its doors to the public on May 18.

Read more: National Museum of Natural History opens this month

TM Kalaw corner General Luna Streets, Rizal Park, Manila

Free admission on May 18, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

National Museum of Fine Arts

National Museum of Fine Arts (photo from My Guide Malta)

National Museum of Fine Arts (photo from Heritage Malta)

National Museum of Fine Arts a.k.a National Art Gallery, exhibits Philippine art from the 17th to the 20th centuries.

Padre Burgos Drive, Rizal Park, Manila

Always free to the public, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

National Museum of Anthropology

(National Museum of the Philippines/ Facebook)

(National Museum of the Philippines/ Facebook)

Also known as Museum of the Filipino people, the National Museum of Anthropology showcases the sociological history of the country.

Agrifina Circle, Rizal Park, Manila

Always free to the public, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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