Meeting idea! 6 Museums, Art Galleries to Visit Around and Outside Metro Manila

MANILA, Philippines – Countless stories are still waiting to be told in art galleries and museums – and who knows, maybe your dream love story is next? Whether you’re dating on a first date, bonding with your long-term partner, or even going solo, let the power of eye-catching artwork and intricate pieces add to the romantic experience. !

As more and more galleries and art museums open their doors to the public again, here’s a roundup of six budget museums and art galleries for you, your SO and friends to spend all day in, around and outside Metro Manila.

Ateneo Art Gallery

You are going to experience an emotional roller coaster in this curated museum! An all-in-one experience, the Ateneo Art Gallery is home to a diverse body of artwork ranging from political sculptures and paintings that shed light on pressing social issues, to introspective installments and fun pieces.

Most recently, the Museum of Modern Art allowed patrons to take advantage of the same-day booking option, with a minimum entry fee of P50 for non-Ateneans. Ateneo staff, faculty, students and alumni can visit the gallery for free. So if you’re feeling spontaneous, Ateneo Art Gallery should definitely be next on your list!

It is located at Soledad V. Pangilinan Arts Wing, Areté, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Metro Manila, open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ayala Museum

Built in 1974, the Ayala Museum is a must-visit place for those seeking the best in Filipino art, history, and culture. The huge six-story building is arguably one of the best places to visit to get a great insight into the rich history of the Philippines through the vast amount of impactful paintings and educational masterpieces it displays beneath. the same roof.

From now on, however, only the first three floors will be accessible to the public given the COVID-19 safety protocols.

While its grand reopening was banned by the first COVID-19 lockdown, the Ayala Museum is now back and ready to welcome museum-goers for a smooth opening rate of P350. Make sure you book quickly, because slots usually fill up quickly!

It is located at Greenbelt Park, Makati Avenue, corner Dela Rosa Street, Ayala Center, Makati City, Metro Manila, open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. (closed on public holidays and special events).

Final art file

For a good balance between emerging artists and the more well-known and established, Finale Art File is the place to be. This 450 square meter gallery is divided into three sections: the large gallery, the upstairs gallery and the video room.

It celebrates the audacity of Filipino painters, sculptors, printmakers and artists by organizing exhibitions that allow them to showcase their creative prowess. Its exhibitors change every month, so each visit is always a new experience. Best of all, admission is free!

It is located at Warehouse 17, La Fuerza Compound (Gate 1), 2241 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City, Metro Manila, open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Pinto Art Museum

Now for the out of town spots! Topping the list outside of Metro-Manila is Antipolo’s renowned Pintô Art Museum, Rizal, where art, science, history and nature come together through the diverse works that he houses. The museum features rotating exhibits from the foundation’s collection and oversees an adjacent gallery that promotes contemporary Filipino artists.

This museum and exhibition space is perfect for photo appointments with its IG-worthy spots. Camera-shy? Do not worry! You and your date can still appreciate the art collections and stroll through the two-hectare botanical garden in which the museum is located. After a long day, you can even grab a quick bite to eat at Café Tan-Aw, the museum’s cafe. .

The Pinto Art Museum only accepts visitors with a P250 entrance fee, but you can get a reduced price of P125 if you show proof of student registration.

It is located at 1 Sierra Madre St. Grand Heights Rd, Antipolo, Rizal, open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Taal Gallery

Here is a unique and collection-specific museum: Galleria Taal, the first and only vintage camera museum in the Philippines.

Photo from the Facebook page of the Galleria Taal

If your partner has an affinity for all things historical and vintage, the Galleria Taal will surely excite them, as this museum is also a beautiful ancestral home. With an entry fee of P50 for students and P100 for adults, you can take a close look at various vintage cameras (many of which are still working) and also view photo exhibits, which include the only known extant photograph of the execution of Jose Rizal.

It is located Calle Agoncillo, Taal, Batangas, open Tuesday and Wednesday from 8am to 8pm; and Thursday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sining Makiling Gallery

If you’re looking for a smaller, more intimate, less crowded space, check out the Sining Makiling Gallery – it has a lesser number of artworks, but the beauty about it is that you and your mate can take your time to appreciate each work of art.

This free gallery located inside the University of the Philippines Los Baños features a new set of artists every now and then, so it’s almost like a new experience every time you come back.

It is located in the basement of DL Umali Hall, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna, open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

– Elle Guison, Juno Reyes/

Elle Guison and Juno Reyes are Rappler trainees.

Mildred D. Field