Baguio City in the Cordillera region in the northern Philippines is dubbed as the “Summer Capital of the Philippines” that is why people flock here throughout the year especially during summer to escape the heat in their places of origin. We are very lucky that a lot of museums in Baguio City are built around to showcase the art, history, and culture of the region. Aside from the cold weather and museums, amazing views, and good food, Baguio City also presents a unique cultural heritage that is distinct from the rest of the country.
Meanwhile, here are some of my other posts about Baguio City:
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- Camp John Hay Baguio City Photo Gallery
- 10 Instagram Spots in Baguio City
So, without further ado, below are five of the several museums that are really worth the visit:
BenCab, or Benjamin Cabrera, is a National Artist for Visual Arts, is the owner of this majestic museum. It houses several of his contemporary art collections and own works. You will also see many bul-ul (a carved wooden figure used to guard the rice crops by the Ifugaos) installations here.
“Sabel” a common theme in BanCab’s works, is actually inspired by a real-life scavenger. A coffee shop is located at the ground floor of the museum which he also named “Sabel”. An eco-trail outside Sabel Café where traditional Cordillera houses can be seen can also be explored for a separate fee, just ask the café staff to avail. Nature and art combined indeed. Entrance fee is Php100 (Php80 for students and senior citizens).
Km. 6 Asin Rd, Tuba, 2600 Benguet
(074) 442 7165
2. MUSEO KORDILYERA
30 Gov. Pack Rd, Baguio, 2602 Benguet
(074) 442 5794
3. TAM-AWAN VILLAGE
The Tam-Awan Village or the “Garden in the Sky” is a depiction of a traditional Cordillera community. It’s not a typical museum where artifacts and artworks are installed in one building. It is more of an outdoor museum with steep trails.
Typical Ifugao and Kalinga houses can be seen here along with different artworks. In here you can also find a dream catcher art area.
367 Long Long Benguet Rd, Baguio, Benguet
(074) 446 2949
4. AGUINALDO MUSEUM
Happy Glen Loop Rd, Baguio, Benguet
(074) 661 1797
5. BAGUIO MUSEUM
It building façade has an Ifugao-inspired architecture and it showcases the culture and heritage of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), by province. It also has dioramas (like that of Ayala Museum) depicting the daily lives of the different tribes and ethnic groups.
This museum also houses an actual mummified human body, which by the way is prohibited to be photographed. Scary!
Dot-PTA Complex, Gov. Pack Rd, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
(063) 444 7451
6. SLU MUSEUM OF ARTS AND CULTURES
SLU MUSEUM OF ARTS AND CULTURES
Saint Louis University, Bonifacio Street, Baguio, Benguet
(074) 442 2193
7. BELL HOUSE
The Bell House is named after General J. Franklin Bell who developed Camp John Hay into a military recreation area. The House contains a library and a typical American interior and architecture with different memorabilia from the American period.
Camp John Hay, Baguio, Benguet
8. BAGUIO – MOUNTAIN PROVINCES MUSEUM
BAGUIO – MOUNTAIN PROVINCES MUSEUM
Harrison Rd, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
9. GALLERIA DE POTENCIANA BY ARCA’S YARD
Arca’s Yard is a mini-museum, mini-library and café located at Ambuklao Road. It houses different books and sculptures which depict the Cordillera culture and some contemporary artworks. The view here is spectacular, I promise.
GALLERIA DE POTENCIANA BY ARCA’S YARD
888 Tip-Top, Ambuclao Road, Benguet
(074) 665 4298
10. THE LAPERAL WHITE HOUSE BAMBOO ART EXHIBIT
THE LAPERAL WHITE HOUSE BAMBOO ART EXHIBIT
Leonard Wood Rd, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
11. ARKO NI APO ART GALLERY
ARKO NI APO ART GALLERY
Tacay Road, Pinsao Proper, Tam-Awan, Baguio, Benguet
(074) 445 6052
12. VICTOR OTEYZA COMMUNITY ART SPACE
VICTOR OTEYZA COMMUNITY ART SPACE
5th Floor, L’Azotea Building, 108 Session Road, Baguio City
MUSEUMS IN BAGUIO CITY: YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS ARE WELCOME! 🙂
Do you know other Baguio City museums that should be included in this list? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if there are! 🙂
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