Continuing from where we left off in our previous post. After having explored the natural history part of the museum it was time for us to cross the street and head off into the Museum of Fine Arts. The museum is not to far away, just a quick hop across the street and voila! Another museum to explore.
The nice thing about the two national museums is that when you pay for the ticket in either of the museums you gain access to the other one. So that's a big plus since you don't have to go through the hassle of buying tickets again.
As you enter the museum you are greeted by a magnificent entrance hall. Beyond that your eyes will feast on the different paintings by the Filipino masters from the time of the Spaniards up to the present.
My memories of museums here in the Philippines are hot, stuffy, under-managed, irate staff, and poorly maintained collections complete with it's poorly maintained labels or tags. But that isn't the case, I've heard of our country's efforts to restore the National Museum a few years back and since then I have been yearning to visit it.
I eventually got the chance to do that last January 31, this was during the long weekend care of our rich and vibrant Chinese culture. We started of the day at the first (yes there are actually two) museum, this is the one closest to Luneta Park or is in Luneta Park (geographic technicalities elude me). The entrance fee for the two national museums is at Php. 150, Php 50 if you're a student (public, private, undergrad, graduate whichever works your way. Just present an ID) and this fee allows you access to the two museums (yes no need to double pay but we will get to that later).
My name is Alfonso your nerdy history teacher, bookworm and lover of all things cultural and exciting. You can find me in a weekend market, in a bookshop, or eating in Japanese restos during the weekends.