The National Museum reopens Mar. 2. Here’s how you can book a visit

  • After almost a year, the National Museums of Fine Arts, Anthropology and Natural History will reopen this week

Good news to all art, history and culture buffs: Starting Mar. 2, Tuesday, the National Museums of Fine Arts, Anthropology and Natural History are reopening to the public. But before you plan an impromptu visit (which will not be entertained, FYI), here’s a guide on how to schedule one during the pandemic.

Photo courtesy of National Museum Facebook Page
[READ: As a precaution against COVID-19, the National Museum will be closed]

When is it open?

Tuesdays to Sundays excluding religious holidays

What time is it open?

9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Who can visit?

15 to 65 year-olds with identification cards to prove their birthdate

How to book a visit

Go to to schedule at least a day before your intended visit. You can book for a solo trip or a group trip with a maximum of four companions for an AM (9-12) or PM (1-4) session. Fill out the necessary details then click “Confirm.” You will receive a confirmation via email.

For questions, contact The National Museum at 8298-1100 ext. 3000, 8527-7889 or via email through [email protected].

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Inside the National Museum of Natural History when it first opened in 2018
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Safety protocols during visits

  • Have your temperature taken at the entrance (persons with temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius and above will not be allowed entrance along with those with fever and flu-like symptoms)
  • Accomplish a health declaration form
  • Visitors are required to wear mask and face shield at all times
  • Take note of prohibited items inside the museum:
    • Art materials
    • Large bags
    • Backpacks
    • Baby backpack carriers
    • Long umbrellas and other bulky items
    • Food and drinks, plants, flowers and other organic materials
    • Tripods and video cameras
    • Wrapped packages including gifts
    • Pets
  • A two-meter distance must be maintained between persons not belonging to the same household at all times
  • Elevators are exclusively for persons with disabilities and senior citizens
  • There will be no guided tours
A drone shot showing the National Museum Complex: the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Anthropology and the National Museum of Natural History. Photo by Foom Cobilla courtesy of National Museum Facebook Page

The National Museum of the Philippines likewise announced the reopening of regional museums soon. Meanwhile, the National Planetarium will remain closed until cinemas and theaters are allowed to operate in Metro Manila.

The National Museum Complex is located in Rizal Park, Padre Burgos Ave., Ermita, Manila. © 2020. Hinge Inquirer Publications, Inc.


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