The Guide to Manila, The Philippines
This Intramuros museum is a replica of a 19th-century Manila house, recreating the living conditions of a typical Manila family under Spanish rule.
Built on a Manila Bay landfill and opened in 1969, this performing arts venue was a pet project for former First Lady Imelda Marcos. The complex includes design and exhibition halls, theaters, libraries, museums, and studios.
The oldest part of Manila is Intramuros, a walled city built by Spaniards during the 16th century on the southern bank of the Pasig River. Restored buildings in this reconstructed portion of Manila include San Agustin Church and the Manila Cathedral.
JP Laurel Street, San Miguel, (0)2 733 3721. Open: Monday-Friday 9am-3pm. Admission: P200 (Mon-Wed), P40 (Thu-Fri).
Located at the Central Bank Complex on Roxas Boulevard, this museum displays paintings by various artists from the Philippines and elsewhere, as well as examples of the country's past currency.
Padre Burgos Street, Rizal Park, (0)2 527 1215. Open: Tuesday-Sunday 9am-5pm. Admission: Free.
TM Kalaw Street (corner of Taft Avenue), Ermita. Open: Daily 7am-7pm. Admission: Free.
(0)2 527 4061. Open: Monday-Saturday 6:30-8:30am and 4:30-7:30pm; Sunday 8-11am and 6-8pm. The museum is open daily 9am-12pm and 1pm-5pm. Admission: P45 (museum).