As a history buff and history professor, my number one agenda whenever visiting a new place is to check if there are museums that can be visited. Upon arrival at Legazpi Airport, I rode a tricycle going to the Legazpi City Hall because I saw online that there is a city museum in the building. I went to the City Tourism Office to ask for information, but sadly they are not that hospitable enough (yeah, considering that it is a tourism office). I got wondering looks from people there when I approached their office to ask for a tourism brochure or something. Weird, I think? Anyway, let’s skip to the more important part, they pointed me to the other building (the City Hall Annex Building) where the Legazp City Museum is located. They also told me that there is a museum at Tabaco which I was not able to check out.
It turns out that the Legazpi City Museum is the only public museum in Bicol Region. It houses several archaeological artifacts, religious items, as well as old photographs and artworks by Bicolano artists which showcase the rich history of the region.
I could tell that the museum was not really that maintained and not that promoted, hence not known by locals and tourists alike. As of writing, I think the museum was already renovated and reopened to visitors.
Different artworks such as photos, paintings, and sculptures are present that depict the Bicolano history and culture.
I suggest both Bicolanos and non-Bicolanos should check this place out to have a glimpse of the rich Bicolano heritage, including their history and all the cultural identity that they have today. I also hope that more artifacts and artworks by Bicolanos could be displayed here for viewing, assuming they were properly preserved.
For more information about Legazpi City, feel free to visit their website at https://legazpi.gov.ph/
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