We went to Ayala Museum last Saturday after lunch at Kenji Tei Ramen Restaurant in Greenbelt 5. My daughter saw Ayala Museum on the way to Greenbelt 5 and suggested that we go since we were already in the area. I booked and paid for tickets online. The rates are ₱650 per person, with discounted rates of ₱350 for seniors, students, and PWDs.
The receptionist told us that the best way to enjoy the museum was to go to the 4th floor and then work our way down. So that was what we did. We checked out the exhibit called Gold of Ancestors.
Gold of Ancestors features more than a thousand pre-Spanish colonial era archaeological gold objects gathered from around the Philippines.
Next we went to see Skeins of Knowledge, Threads of Wisdom… an exhibition of indigenous Philippine textiles from the collection of Mercedes Zobel.
It was interesting to see the ornate fabrics woven from abaca, cotton, and silk. Fast fashion this is not.
Then we went to see a featured selection of Chinese and Southeast Asian tradeware ceramics.
We chanced upon Splendor, a temporary Juan Luna exhibit. You can actually pay only ₱350 to visit this if you’ve already seen the other exhibitions in the past. Splendor’s main attraction is the painting Hymen, oh Hyménée!, completed in 1887. The picture recreates a scene of a Roman wedding ritual, specifically the bride’s entrance into the groom’s home. This painting was said to have been inspired by Juan Luna’s wife, Paz Pardo de Tavera. Splendot will be available for viewing until the end of December 2023.
Ayala Museum is renowned for its diorama of Philippine history which shows how Filipino civilization evolved to what it is today. There are over 50 such historical scenes re-enacted for museum visitors and it’s a good way to ease people, especially students, into how our country came to be.
Our last stop was the Orientations Gallery where they showcased the Nuestra Señora Del Rosario, San Jose con El Niño Jesus, and Nuestra Señora Immaculada Concepcion.
The Ayala Museum changes exhibits from time to time, it’s best to visit their website https://www.ayalamuseum.org/home to see what’s on. You can also buy your tickets there, they accept a lot of payment modes (GCash, Paypal, Credit Card, etc). You are alloted 2 hours to go around per timeslot.
I have an Instagram Reel of our visit here if you prefer video format.
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