Padre Burgos Ave, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila
One of the national museums here in Manila, formerly named the Museum of Filipino People. The museum is one of the main branches of the National Museum of the Philippines, and is conveniently located near the other branches. The museum is right next to or I think inside Rizal Park, and across from another museum. Just get off the Jollibee store and you’ll find an entrance, just walk straight down and you’ll see the large white 1916-1918 neoclassical buildings.
A few things to note, when we visited the lifts were not working, but there are staircases to keep you moving. There is also very limited seating in the museum, so make sure you have some super comfortable walking shoes. Flash-photography and video recording is prohibited, and make sure you bring only a small bag. The entry was free! There are a few food vendors outside the museum, as there are no cafes and gift shop inside.
There are 4 floors, with each room showcasing exhibitions of the Filipino people, the southern islands culture, ancient artefacts, early trade, textiles, biodiversity, religion, baybayin script and pieces from the San Diego wreckage. Each exhibition room was quite large, with corresponding object labels and some rooms had a video playing demonstrating how a Filipino instrument was played. I’m not sure if they have guided tours, as none was offered at entry. Make sure to check out their website to find out! I would allocate about 2-3 hours in the National Museum of Anthropology.