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Saturday, October 02, 2004

about the Met

We want our visitors to have fun and to learn.
We exhibit the arts of today. This means shows on design, architecture, city planning, computers, even sports! This means shows of paintings!

We take care of artworks. We also care about new ideas and how things work (or don't work!) We want people to think about their lives.

How do you want to work, play and relate to others?
How can the arts help make a better world?
We have many great things to see and do! Join us!

This is the embodiment of its commitment to assist in revitalizing the artistic experiences as broad of range of audiences as possible, making art truly for all. Likewise the Museum aims to showcase a wide variety of artworks and artforms, the arts of all, in its exhibits and programs.

The White Cube Gallery

The White Cube is a special exhibit section where art pieces are sold.

Exhibits, activities, and schedules may change without prior notice. Please call the Exhibition and Education Programs Department for exhibit proposal and updated schedules.

Click here to download application for exhibition.


Ongoing until July 31, 2009

Experience some of the rarely-displayed prints from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Manila. The prints, created by some of the more internationally-known artists like Jasper Johns, Henry Moore and Josef Albers, cover intriguing abstract and representational images made in the 20th century.

MetCafé by Ilustrado

FOOD on EXHIBIT! Featured Menu: German cuisine (in conjunction with the exhibit, "Come In: Interior Design as a Contemporary Art Medium in Germany")

Open during museum hours

other facilities

Auditorium, 90 seats, available for lecture, forums, film showings etc.
Library: art books for room use, by appointment.


Galleries are open for small luncheons and dinners or large gatherings (up to 400).
Interested? Call us at 521 1517.

collections on exhibit

-Classical Philippine Goldwork
-Classical Philippine Pottery
Basement Galleries

Masterpieces of Filipino 19th to early 2oth century painters
Galeriya Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

great things to see!

WINDOWS INTO HEAVEN: Russian Icons from the 17th to 20th century
Icons refers to sacred images of Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, the saints, and the angels which are painted on wooden panels, most of the time gilded, and used in the rituals and worship of the Byzantine and Orthodox Churches of Russia and Greece.

THE SIENESE ALTAR PIECE: A 14th century altarpiece honoring St. Stephen, from the workshop of Sienese painter, Lippo Memmi.
Auditorium Hallway

SANSINUKOB: Large works by Paz Abad Santos, Juvenal Sanso and Phyllis Zaballero.
Stairwell Gallery

Changing Exhibits

Exhibits, activities, and schedules may change without prior notice. Please inquire at the Exhibition and Education Programs Department for updated schedules.


Upper Galleries, June 1 - 30

Great Fusion celebrates the essence of the Lingnan School of Painting's innovative spirit of integrating the essence of Chinese and foreign painting, and fusing ancient and modern elements by featuring sixty-four artworks by twelve Chinese artists from the same school. It also celebrates the 34th anniversary of the establishment of Philippine-China Diplomatic Relations. The exhibit was produced throught the support of the Federation of All Filipino-Chinese Community, International Studies for Chinese Arts and the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Philippines.


Tall Galleries, June 23 - Septermbr 15

"Come-in" investigates the connections between art and design in twenty-five artistic positions by means of individual objects, sculptures, installations and videos. The mobilia, objects, and interiors appear to possess an "obvious" identity as "furniture," "luminaries" or "interiors." On second look however, they are too uncomfortable, colorful and eccentric,
all too clearly geared to our perception or a situational communicative event.
Made possible by Goethe-Institut Manila, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and Germany's Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations.


Galeriya Bangko Sentral, July 1-December 31, 2009

Sigla at Sikap celebrates the enterprising spirit of the Filipino people and the auxiliary values that this requires: persistence, resilience, innovation, honesty, enthusiasm, and most importantly industry. These classic values have been depicted across time and by various Filipino artists in paintings that reflected their time. Sigla at Sikap, a tribute to the Filipino micro-entrepreneur, is also an invitation to participate in the revolution that will transform Filipino society.
Presented in partnerhsip with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Traveling Exhibitions

Requests for travelling exhibits may be coursed through the Exhibition and Education Programs Department.

FIGURING NARRATIVES: Letras y Figuras as Narratives

Letras y Figuras was an art form popular in the late 19th to early 20th century. Whimsical figures were used to spell out letters of a person's name. This exhibit features reproductions of older Letras y Figuras pieces together with actual works by contemporary artists.

THE CASE OF QUIAPO: Challenges in Revitalizing the City

The exhibit aims to assist in the preservation and revitalization of the city tackling heritage and urban issues in the city district of Quiapo. The exhibit format is directed at young audiences.

CITY BEAUTIFUL? The Burnham Plan for Manila's Urban Development

The exhibit focuses on the plans, maps and photographs of what Danie Hudson Burnham did for Manila and other cities. It also tackles issues on proper planning and stresses the importance of the Burnham plan in the context of modernity and world planning.

BARAY: Water in Khmer Arts and Culture

The exhibit showcases the roles of water in Khmer life and how these roles are seen in the arts. It consists of three sections: Water as Myth, Water as Power and Water in Everyday life.

K na K

Featuring thirty-five colorful, original artworks by members of Illustrator ng Kabataan (INK). The works are the artists' visual interpretations of some Philippine folktales. The collection focuses on Philippine values and traits, and introduces to young Filipino stimulating bits of the country's indigenious literature. The exhibition is accompanied by texts which are summary narratives of pertinent Filipino folktales.

LIVING CULTURE: Contemporary Indian Textiles and Fashi0n

This exhibit showcases innovative contemporary fashion inspired by traditional Indian fabrics and weaving traditions.

WOOD, STONES AND SHELLS: Traditional Filipino Houses

This exhibit showcases black and white photographs that showcase photography as an artwork while presenting traditional colonial Spanish and American wood-and-stone houses from several towns in the Philippines. The exhibition aims to demonstrate Philippine excellence in architecture. Produced with a special grant from the National Commission for Culture and Arts and the assistance of Neal Oshima, Fernando Zialcita, Gilda Cordero-Fernando, Manuel Mañosa, and Honrado Fernandez.


This is an exhibition of 40 black and white photographs and drawing of babies with age 0-2 years. The exhibition is accompanied by text on Philippine rhymes, riddles, lullabies and adages on babies.

POOK PAMANA: Legacies of Filipino Workmanship

This is an exhibition that was conceptualized to support UNESCO Philippines in its bid for recognition of five Philippine heritage sites. The exhibition shows the Filipino's rich heritage, and promotes concern for the conservation of structures made by Filipinos. Produced with the assistance of Camera Club of the Philippines and UNESCO.

RIZAL'S The Monkey and the Turtle

Reproductions of illustrations depicting the tale of The Monkey and the Turtle created by Philippine national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal. The exhibition aims to show another facet of the hero, that of a skilled and witty artist. The interpretation of a Philippine folktale foregrounds moral lessons. Produced with the assistance of National Centennial Commission, Ambeth Ocampo, Virgilio Almario and Adarna Books.

Arts and Development

The Museum's program framework emphasizes the role of the arts in development.

Development is about changes in people's views and ways of life. Such changes involve culture. The arts are powerful forces in the field of culture. The arts are effective agents for development.

We believe that National Development is NOT possible if the arts are ignored.

Our show's themes will help explain how the arts contribute to national development:
  • Arts and Community Identity
  • The Arts, Product Design, and Livelihood Generation
  • The Arts and City Planning
  • Creative Industries
  • And many more

As a result of the Tubod exhibit on the arts of Bohol, the Museum has set-up a partnership with the town of Loboc. Among the slated activities are culture resources, planning workshops centered on the revitalization of the Loboc Church Convento as a cultural center.

This commissioned show on display at the Loboc Church Convento deals with the development of Loboc's musical traditions in the context of Bohol. It represents the Loboc Cantorales as links to a continuing Hispanic musical tradition in the Philippines.

*view and download unesco link

Tour Policies

For the protection of the artworks and other collections and for a hassle-free and enjoyable experience of the exhibits, please observe the following guidelines.


All bags will be checked by the guard-on-duty upon entry at the museum. Big bags, umbrellas and large packages must be deposited at the check-in counter at the entrance. Light valuables must be carried by the visitor at all times inside the Museum. Security pouches for valuables may be requested at the reception desk. a

Photography Policy

Taking of pictures and videos are not allowed inside the museum. For press and other special filming requests, please contact the Marketing Department.

Hands-Off Policy

Visitors are reminded not to touch the paintings, sculptures and other objects on display. For exhibits that are marked as touchable or tactile, visitors are encouraged to explore the tactile pieces with caution.

Food and Drinks

Eating and drinking are not allowed in the galleries. Visitors who need to dine may do so at the Museum's restaurant, the Met Cafe.


Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the Museum premises.

how to find us


We are located at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard near Pablo Ocampo Street (formerly Vito Cruz). We are across the Manila Yacht Club and diagonal to the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Parking is available in front of the building.

Via LRT Stations: in the Met's vicinity. Quirino and Vito Cruz.
Via Bus/Jeepney: on Taft Avenue get off at Pablo Ocampo, take CCP orange shuttle to the service road of Roxas Boulevard, walk down Roxas Boulevard in the direction of Luneta Park.

Rates and Packages

Entrance Fee Php 100.00

Museum Days and Hours

Monday to Saturday
9 am to 6 pm
closed during Sundays and Holidays

The Gold and Pottery Exhibits are open only until 4:30 p.m, Monday to Friday, and closed on Saturdays.


The Museum offers tour packages to groups of 50 and above. A guided tour of the Museum may also be pre-arranged for groups of 50 and below. Please book your visit through the Marketing Department.

Click on download to get a copy of the Booking Form.

museum days / hours

Monday to Saturday
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

metropolitan museum of manila

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Manila, Philippines
Tel. Nos. (632) 523-7855 / (632) 523-0613 Telefax: (632) 523-7855