The Philippines is home to many talented poets, singers, dancers, painters, and more artists. While the country is recognized for their capabilities, art may be perceived as an underappreciated commodity. Oftentimes, people cannot afford to visit art galleries and museums because of steep entrance fees. Fortunately, there are some spectacular art institutions in Metro Manila that do not require any payment at all.
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Listed below are some of the galleries and museums that you can visit for free within Metro Manila:
1. Metropolitan Museum of Manila
The Metropolitan Museum of Manila, or otherwise known as the MET, is the first to introduce the philosophy of Art For All. In partnership with the Bangko Sentro ng Pilipinas (BSP), the exhibitions depict the cultural and artistic heritage of the Philippines and empower nationhood through art. Recognizing the many art forms and expressions shared by the world, the MET and BSP worked to create a museum that serves as a home to the creations of both local and international artists. While you may visit for free at BGC, Taguig, you must book your appointment at least a day in advance due to limited viewing.
2. Museum of Contemporary Art and Design
The Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) is a non-profit institution established by the De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde (CSB). Their exhibits illustrate the integration of modern technology and new media within art and culture. As of writing, the MCAD has two on-going exhibitions: Adaptation: A Reconnected Earth and Derek Tumala: Tropical Climate Forensics. You may visit the museum from Tuesday to Sunday.
3. The Drawing Room
The Drawing Room was established as a specialist venue that highlighted the revitalization of paper art. Since then, this art institution has broadened its scope of artistic formats. The gallery features art that represents the changes that society undergoes and the different realities that individuals endure. Notably, The Drawing Room pushes their artists to have their pieces displaced in other communities as well, such as Hong Kong, New York, Paris, and more.
4. National Museum of Natural History
The old building occupied by the Department of Tourism was restored to manufacture the National Museum of Natural History. Now, it is home to a diverse collection of botany, zoology, and geological displays. This museum is framed with the metal-framed glass dome which houses what is known as the “Tree of Life,” which can be found at the very center of the courtyard. All of the exhibits are interactive, making it much more entertaining and easy for you to process and comprehend. Currently, it is one of the most visited educational tourist destinations all over Metro Manila.
5. Finale Art File
Found along Chino Roces, Makati, Finale Art Finale is a gallery institution that has exhibited some of the most talented names in contemporary visual arts. Veering towards the contemporary visual arts, this gallery aims to illustrate diversity within its art and the artists as well. Modern artists consistently display their art in the Finale, making their works an instant classic. Moreover, the gallery is open to young artists who have yet to penetrate the world of art.