6 Museums And Art Galleries To Visit In Baguio Now
Baguio City, otherwise known as the “Summer Capital of the Philippines,” is known for its refreshing atmosphere. The city’s refreshing atmosphere is experienced through its pine trees, colorful flowers, foggy mountains, and cool climate.
As a result, the city later evolved as a tourist destination as one of the Philippines’ premier tourist destinations. What complemented this evolution is how the city became a place of interaction for natives from nearby highland provinces.
Thus, the Baguio’s cultural convergence is featured in some of the city’s captivating museums and art galleries.
The BenCab Museum houses the permanent and private collection of Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab) in several galleries and venues for art shows and exhibitions.
Apart from the beautiful art collection, restaurant, and coffee Shop, BenCab Museum offers a breathtaking view of the adjacent garden, farm, hill, mini-forest, surrounding mountains, and the West Philippine Sea west.
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Amenities: Souvenir shop, restaurant
Address: Km. 6 Asin Road, Barangay Tadiangan, Baguio City
Museo Kordilyera is located inside the compound of the University of the Philippines Baguio. The three-story museum was formally opened to the public on January 31 of 2019.
Billed as the first ethnographic museum in the Northern part of the Philippines, the museum focuses on collecting and preserving artifacts unique to the Cordillera region, its peoples, tradition, and culture; thus, the name.
The Museum also aims to understand the indigenous peoples’ identity and culture of the Cordillera and Northern Luzon as an integral part of the evolving Filipino culture.
Address: UP Drive, Governor Pack Road, Baguio City 2600
Operating Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays (9:00 am to 5:00 pm)
Entrance Fees: P30 for non-UP students / P60 for adults / FREE admission for UP students, faculty, and admin staff (20% discount for Senior citizens and PWDs)
Telephone number: 0945 803 6165
Facebook page: /upbmuseokordilyera/
Baguio Museum houses the cultural history of Baguio City. This Ifugao-inspired infrastructure was built in 1975 but became victim to a major earthquake in 1990.
A major part of the museum is Baguio’s history. It showcases the city’s development into a civilized land from initially being a land of pine trees.
Another aspect of the museum is how it features Cordillera’s tribes’ lifestyle from the following provinces: Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province.
Baguio Museum can be found at the Baguio Tourism Complex, Governor Pack Road, Baguio City. The museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays with an entrance fee of Php 40.00.
Aguinaldo Museum was inspired by the country’s revolutionary hero, Emilio Aguinaldo. It was established by his daughter in 1985, who was a resident of Baguio City.
The museum has now evolved into an interactive museum that features other revolutionary heroes who relevantly contributed to the country’s independence. It contains the statues of revolutionary figures such as Antonio Luna, Apolinario Mabini, Emilio Jacinto, Gregorio del Pilar, and Jose Rizal.
This museum’s interactive aspect lies in offering a physical manifestation of Aguinaldo’s lifestyle by featuring his closets with clothes, a cabinet with handwritten journals, a wooden desk with writing materials, and his wheelchair.
Aguinaldo Museum can be found at the Aguinaldo Park, Happy Glen Loop, Baguio City. The museum is open from Wednesdays to Sundays with an entrance fee of Php 125.00.
SLU Museum of Arts & Cultures
Built in 1970, the SLU Museum of Arts & Cultures highlights the artifacts from tribes of the Cordillera region. Some collections came from the lowlands and Spanish religious artifacts.
The artifacts were donated by SLU’s students, parents, and other benefactors. The collections include Igorot house structures, farming, food-collecting tools, loom weaving implements, weapons, carpentry materials, potteries, and Chinese porcelain.
The museum also offers basic lectures and orientations while it also assists in forming museums in the Cordillera region.
The museum can be found in the Msgr. Charles Vath Library Building at Saint Louis University. It is open from Monday to Saturday, with no entrance fee.
Bell House Museum
The Bell House Museum is an exemplification of America’s old lifestyle. What was previously a camp was turned into a military resort by Gen. Franklin J. Bell. The museum contains what an American home looked at the time during the Philippine-American War.
This is because such architecture was originally a vacation home for the Commanding General of the Philippines. The museum is also surrounded by historic venues such as The Historical Trail and Bell Amphitheater.
The Historical Trail features Camp John Hay’s centurial history and the Secret Garden, which contains indigenous plants. The Bell Amphitheater is a breathtaking view as it contains a well-designed garden in concentric circles. This venue was built using Ifugao terracing technology.
The Bell House Museum can be visited at Camp John Hay. It is open every day with a regular entrance fee of Php 60.00 while senior citizens and students are given a discounted amount of Php 30.00