National Museum ‘permanently free to all’ in line with new PH administration

  • The National Museum will be free to the public starting July 1
  • This is in line with the inauguration of President Rodrigo Duterte
  • This covers all museums under its care both in Manila and its regional offices nationwide

The National Museum officially announced that it is opening its doors to the public for free starting July 1, in line with the inauguration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

This covers all museums under its care both in Manila and in its regional offices nationwide.

In its official Facebook page, the National Museum administration said the move was made due to “significant spikes in viewership, especially among younger Filipinos,” over the past three years since 2013:

“A policy of free general admission has been established, effective July 1, 2016… in order to build upon significant spikes in viewership, especially among younger Filipinos, that have been observed in 2013-2015 and to date in 2016, when general admission has been made free of charge for various traditional reasons such as National Arts Month in February, National Heritage Month in May, and National Museums and Galleries Month in October”

The National Museum also reiterated its desire to strengthen its “special relationship with the Presidency” under the Duterte administration.

According to Republic Act No. 8492 or the National Museum Act of 1998, the President of the Philippines sits as the honorary chairman of the board of trustees and is the official patron of the National Museum.

Through this, it is hoped that more people would be encouraged to visit museums nationwide and for Filipinos to explore and appreciate that country’s heritage, patrimony, and cultural legacy.

The statement also read:

“We hope that this special relationship with the Presidency will progress further under President Duterte, with the National Museum, in Manila and nationwide, striving to further strengthen its work and contributions, to the best of its institutional capabilities as a preeminent institution of education, science and culture of the national government, in benefit of the lives of the Filipino people and to the enhanced appreciation of the heritage, patrimony and legacy to which the Filipino people are heir to by our friends from around the world.”