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Manila Museums for Kids: Best Child-Friendly Museums in Manila

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Kids will enjoy Manila museums that offer exhibits on contemporary art, science, history, and more! Check out these child-friendly museums in Manila.

Manila as the capital city of the Philippines is a melting pot of culture, art, and music! If your family wanted to know more about Filipino history and modern-day stories, better take a tour around Manila museums.

Manila has many world-class museums about contemporary art, science and technology, nature and marine life, and local history for all ages. Kids will surely enjoy educational and interactive 3D exhibits while adults can snap away at Instagrammable spots or reminisce at popular landmarks. I’ve also included some unconventional Manila museums for the history geeks out there.

Whatever your tastes are, we have a list of Manila museums for you:

Manila Art Museums

Dessert Museum Manila

If you’ve ever fantasized going to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory as a kid, you will enjoy this pastries and candy museum! The Dessert Museum tempts every sweet tooth with colorful sculptures of your favorite sugary treats such as cotton candies, donuts, ice cream and more. It’s highly Instagrammable and you can enjoy up to 6 free desserts!

  • Entrance fee: PHP 699 online rate; PHP 799 walk-in rate
  • Contact number: hello@thedessertmuseum.com
  • Location: Coral Way, S Maison Mall, Conrad Hotel Manila, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City

Book: The Dessert Museum

  • Duration: Guided food tour every 15 minutes starting 10:15 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Things to see: 8 mouthwatering rooms such as the Marshmallow Room, Gummy Room, Bubblegum Room, etc.
  • Notes: Includes admission ticket, guided tour in English, and complimentary dessert; fixed ticket dates; children aged 0-3 are free of charge
  • Price: PHP 799

Ayala Museum

One of the most prominent art museums in Manila is Ayala Museum, located at the Makati central business district. It features pre-colonial gold treasures, ceramics from a millennium of Asian trading, and a collection of Philippine textiles. Also the home of Filipinas Heritage Library, it houses rare books, visual arts, and more.

  • Entrance fee: PHP 425 for adults all-access pass, with discounts for students, residents, senior citizens, and PWD; FREE for tour guides or teachers
  • Contact number: (02) 759 82 88
  • Location: Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park,
    Makati City 1224

Art in Island

You can find Asia’s largest 3D Museum in Cubao. Like Singapore’s Trick-eye Museum, Art in Island is a kid-friendly trick-art museum in Manila features themed 3D paintings and murals depicting the underwater world, the Egyptian deserts, Cambodian temples, the Roman Trevi Fountain, the Grand Canal of Venice, and even a Parisian street!

  • Entrance fee: PHP 500 for adults; FREE for children below 3 feet
  • Contact number: (02) 421 1356
  • Location: 175 15th Ave., Brgy. Socorro, Cubao, Quezon City, 1109 Metro Manila

Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Research Center (UP Vargas Museum)

Named after the Philippines’ first Executive Secretary, the Vargas Museum is located at the University of the Philippines-Diliman campus (my alma mater!). Aside from art collections, coins, stamps, and memorabilia donated by Vargas, UP Vargas Museum has activities like lectures, book launches, musical recitals, concerts, and artist events — a great way to expose kids and adults on conversations about art.

  • Entrance fee: PHP 50, with discounts for UP Students, alumni, and employees
  • Contact number: (02) 928-1927; (02) 981-8500 locals 4021, 4022 and 4024
  • Location: Roxas Avenue, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City

Metropolitan Museum of Manila

Located within the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, “The Met” is home for Filipino contemporary art. Initially built to foster diplomacy by featuring both local and international art exhibitions, it was one of the first museums in Manila to include bilingual texts for its visitors.

  • Entrance fee: PHP 100 with discounts for group tours, PWDs, and senior citizens.
  • Contact number: (02) 250 5271
  • Location: BSP Complex, Roxas Blvd, Malate, Manila, Metro Manila

Upside Down Museum

Dare to see things from a new perspective? Upside Down Museum is a massive 1,700 sq. ft. trick-eye museum. Inspired by topsy-turvey museums abroad, it features leaning and floating exhibits. You can also visit the Mirror House, the Inverted Steel Bridge, and more!

  • Entrance fee: PHP 450
  • Contact number: (02) 551 5530
  • Location: Boom Na Boom Grounds CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd, Pasay, 1300 Metro Manila

Manila Museums about Nature and Animals

University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Museum of Arts and Sciences

Built in 1871, the UST Museum is the oldest museum in the Philippines. With some preserved animal, mineral, and plant specimens as old as 1682, it also serves as a reference to UST’s Pharmacy and Medicine students. Being a Catholic university, it also features ivory religious images, coins, medallions, and ethnographic materials. Works of classic Filipinos artists like Carlos “Botong” Francisco, Fernando Amorsolo, etc. can also be found here.

  • Entrance fee: PHP 50 with discounts for students
  • Contact number: (02) 740-9718; (02) 781-1815
  • Location: UST Museum, Main Building, UST, Espana Boulevard, Manila, Philippines

National Museum of Natural History

If the goal of the National Museum of Natural History is to lure the youth into its immaculate walls, it has definitely succeeded. As the generation most attuned to traveling and environmentalism, the museum possessed a unique charm that piques the curiosity with its Instagrammable interiors.

  • Entrance fee: FREE
  • Contact number: (02) 527 12 09
  • Location: Agrifina Circle, Rizal Park, TM Kalaw Street corner General Luna Street, Manila, Philippines
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Manila Ocean Park

The first world-class and the most popular marine theme park in Manila is the Manila Ocean Park. Its Oceanarium with curved walkway tunnel is home to 14,000 sea creatures some of which are indigenous in Southeast Asia. Other features are the Jellies Exhibit, Trails to Antarctica (first penguin park in the Philipines), Birds of Prey Kingdom, and other exhibits and shows including the unique Hotel H2O.

  • Entrance fee: Varies depending on show
  • Contact number: (02) 567 7777 loc. 118, 119, 123
  • Location: Quirino Grandstand, 666 Behind, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila

Book: Manila Ocean Park Attraction Pass

  • Duration: 10 AM – 8 PM on weekdays; 9 AM – 8 PM on weekends
  • Things to see: 8-14 attractions from Marine Expedition or Ocean Supreme Bundle
  • Notes: Children with height from 2 feet below are free of charge
  • Price: PHP 700 – 935

Book: Manila Ocean Park Encounters

  • Duration: 45-minute shows from 10 AM – 4 PM
  • Things to see: Sharks and Rays Swim Encounter, Be A Sea Lion Trainer, Mermaid Swim Experience, etc.
  • Notes: Choose between 3 interactive animal encounters at Manila Ocean Park; bring extra clothes for water encounters; participants must be aged 5+ or 7+ for the attractions; personal photography is not allowed and is bought from the official photographer.
  • Price: PHP 300

Science Museums in Manila

The Mind Museum

Are your kids curious about becoming a scientist when they grow up? One of the world-class and most popular science museums in Manila is the Mind Museum. A truly educational experience, it features 250 interactive exhibits, a 3D theater, planetarium shows, experiment demos, etc. They’ll surely leave the museum with newfound learning and sparkle in their eyes!

  • Entrance fee: PHP 750 for adults, PHP 475 for private school student, PHP 190 for public school student, PHP 190 for teachers
  • Contact number: (02) 909 6463
  • Location: JY Campos Park, 3rd Ave, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila

Book: The Mind Museum Pass

  • Duration: Tuesday to Sunday 9AM6PM
  • Things to see: 250 interactive exhibits, Atom Gallery, Life Gallery, Earth Gallery, Universe Gallery, Technology Gallery, Science-in-the-Park, etc.
  • Notes: Open date ticket with limited validity
  • Price: PHP 750

KidZania Manila

Let children have a taste of the adult life with fun and realistic role playing! KidZania Manila is an indoor city run by kids. Inside its walls, children can independently explore a bank, hospital, hotel, food stalls, and more. They will also enjoy KidZania’s own culture, economy, symbols, and language.

  • Entrance fee: PHP 900 – 1,100 for kids; PHP 500 – 600 for toddlers; PHP 630 – 770 for adults (price differs during weekdays and weekends)
  • Contact number: (02) 711 5439
  • Location: Park Triangle, North, 11th Ave, Taguig City

Book: KidZania Manila

  • Duration: 5 – 7 hours
  • Things to see: 70 immersive role playing activities
  • Notes: Role play activities are for children aged 4 – 7; children aged 0 – 7 must be accompanied by a guardian; proof of age is required before entry
  • Price: PHP 900 on weekdays; PHP 1,100 on weekends and holidays

History Museums in Manila

Chinatown Museum

The Chinatown Museum Binondo has 18 galleries depicting various facets of the Filipino-Chinese community. It aims to share the heritage of the Filipino-Chinese community in Binondo, Manila. Through interactive displays, the museum depicts the social, cultural, economic, political, and religious forces that led to the modern-day Manila Chinatown.

  • Entrance fee: PHP 150 adults; PHP 100 students; PHP 120 senior citizens
  • Contact number: (02) 8293-2584
  • Location: 4F Lucky Chinatown Mall Building A Reina Regente Street, Binondo, Manila
chinatown museum binondo

Presidential Museum and Library

Want to know the history behind the “White House” of Manila? Inside Malacanang Palace, the seat of power, is the Presidential Museum and Library. It displays personal possessions and memorabilia of previous Filipino presidents. One of the interesting areas is the Old Governor-General’s office which displays the replica of Ferdinand Marcos’ office — the president who declared Martial Law in the 1970s. It even has the original document of the Proclamation No. 1081 encased in glass.

  • Entrance fee: FREE
  • Contact number: (02) 784 4286 (scheduling is required)
  • Location: Jose Laurel St, San Miguel, Manila, Metro Manila

Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum

A must-visit for plane enthusiasts and pilot-dreamers is the Manila aviation museum. Opened in 1974, the museum hosts an eclectic collection of aircrafts, fighters, helicopters, parade vehicles, aerospace science, wartime weaponry, and more. The Manila Aerospace Museum also features a life-sized replica of the Murillo Velarde 1734 map, or the Mother of All Philippine Maps; the “Shark of Zambales”, a long-range fighter during World War II; and an exhibit on the Imperial Japanese soldier Lt. Hiroo Onoda, the last surrendering soldier after 29 years in Lubang Island!

  • Entrance fee: PHP 20
  • Contact number: (02) 832 3498
  • Location: Andrews Avenue corner Sales Street, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City, Metro Manila
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Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Museum

Ever dreamt of becoming an army soldier or a marine after watching the movie, Heneral Luna? The AFP Museum has a collection of guns, artilleries, military uniforms, and a Gallery of Chiefs of Staffs. It depicts the stories of brave Filipino war heroes throughout local history. More curious finds are Apolinario Mabini’s letters to Emilio Aguinaldo (the first Philippine President) about General Antonio Luna, as well as Aguinaldo’s original rayadillo, or military uniform.

  • Entrance fee: PHP 25 with discounts for students, military dependents, and soldiers
  • Contact number: (02) 912 7664
  • Location: Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City
Erlinda was a Filipina who was tortured and raped during the Japanese occupation. The troops wrote this on the tank as a battle cry.

Casa Manila Museum

Circa 1850, Casa Manila is a model of Spanish architecture during the colonization of the Philippines. Located across San Agustin Church, is one of the most visited museums in the world. Casa Manila Museum is a glimpse of the old colonial era and a recreating of how prominent Filipinos of Manila once lived.

  • Entrance fee: PHP 75
  • Contact number: (02) 527 4084
  • Location: Plaza San Luis complex, General Luna St, Intramuros, Manila

More tours to take from Manila

If you want to know more beyond Manila museums, I suggest you take a walk, taste our food, and go on adventures within and near Manila. Here is a list of recommended tours you can do yourself!

 

Special thanks to Owen for contributing awesome photos and write-ups on unconventional Manila museums! Which one is your favorite? 🙂

 

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