International Museum Day with ikotMNL

International Museum Day with ikotMNL
Museo de Intramuros (photo credit: Department of Tourism)

International Museum Day is coming up on May 18, and what better way to spend the day than to make a visit to all the different museums Manila has to offer. Whether you like looking at art masterpieces or learning about science, history, and anything else under the sun, the big city’s got a museum you’ll love, all reachable by getting on the LRT-1 with ikotMNL.

Art and design lovers can start by visiting the Yuchengco Museum in the beating heart of the business district in Makati, one jeep ride away from the Gil Puyat LRT station. The museum hosts some of the finest contemporary and historical artwork and design exhibitions that enthusiasts will definitely appreciate.

From there, you can get down from the next station at Vito Cruz and visit a few more museums in the area. Drop by the Metropolitan Museum of Art Manila for more Filipino art, then head to the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design Manila in De La Salle-College of St. Benilde’s School of Design and Arts to take a look at the latest and cutting-edge in avant-garde and new media. You can also walk through the country’s history in cash at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’s Money Museum nearby, then take a wild trip to the nearby Upside Down Museum for a fun time.

Upside Down Museum
Upside Down Museum

Venture further up the LRT-1 line and get off at United Nations Avenue station, where the National Museum Complex is nestled. Marvel at the very best of Filipino art at the National Museum of Fine Arts, where the famous Spoliarium is exhibited among other legendary works by Luna, Rizal, Amorsolo, and other masters.

After that, visit the National Museum of Anthropology and Natural History as well as the renovated National Planetarium, then cross over to Intramuros for the newly opened Museo de Intramuros!

Museo de Intramuros
Museo de Intramuros (photo credit: Department of Tourism)

The National Museum Complex is also accessible as part of ikotMNL’s eight-hour “Grand Manila Special Day Tour”, which includes cultural trips to Binondo and Malate, and the six-hour “Manila, My Manila!” Tour, which also takes you to historical spots in Intramuros, Binondo, and Quiapo.

National Museum of Natural History
National Museum of Natural History
National Museum of Natural History (photo credit: Department of Tourism)

ikotMNL is a tourism campaign launched by the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) in 2018 to connect foreign and local travelers to Manila’s rich history, cultural heritage, and top food destinations by riding the LRT-1 to areas such as Intramuros, Binondo, Quiapo, and many more. For more information, visit, like ikotMNL on Facebook, and follow @ikotmnl on Instagram and Twitter.

Editor's Note:
You may also check some of the museums around the country, such as:

The IRRI Riceworld Museum based in Laguna, Philippines

The San Agustin Museum inside Fort Santiago, Manila

The country's national hero Dr. Jose Rizal Museum located at Fort Santiago, Manila

Or head to Batangas for the famous Guinness World Record title holder,  Puzzle Mansion Museumthat houses thousands of jigsaw puzzles.

You may also visit the Pacific Memorial War Museum located in Corregidor Island.


  1. It's a pity that I was not able to visit any museum considering that I do love a trip to a museum.

    1. Ohh you can always visit anytime! PS. You might rather visit Ayala Museum until May 31 coz they will close for a year for their renovation!

  2. The upside down museum looks so interesting! Heard and saw a lot about it. Hopefully to experience it too soon.

  3. What a great variety of museums you have - the Upside Down Museum looks really fun!

  4. We also like to visit museums. Special when it is a rainy day, it is hte good alternative for a family excursion.

  5. This museum looks like so much fun! I love the write up that you have done and would be well worth a visit.


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