Manila Art Galleries
(Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines)
Major art galleries are not especially prevalent within Manila and venues offering aesthetic works tend to be small and privately owned. At the San Agustin Museum, however, visitors can view a wide variety of religious paintings and statues, making this a firm favourite among art lovers in Manila.
The city of Manila is conveniently close to a number of nearby destinations, many of which contain a selection of further art galleries. It is actually within Pasig City, just a short drive away, where the very highly recommended Lopez Memorial Museum (LMM) can be found. Along the MH del Pilar Street in the Ermita area, a huge selection of shops can be found selling paintings, and although these are very mass produced for the tourist market, the quality is reliably good.
CCP Contemporary Art Museum of the Philippines
Address: Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, Philippines, PH
Tel: +63 02 832 1125
The Contemporary Art Museum of the Philippines appeals to art lovers everywhere and can be found within the Cultural Center of the Philippines, which tends to be abbreviated to 'CCP' for short. This popular gallery is home to much more than just paintings and sculptures, and also contains an array of local handicrafts and musical instruments. Many seasonal events are regularly staged at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, along with audio-visual presentations, concerts, film screenings and dancing. An onsite gift shop is available should you wish to purchase a souvenir of your visit.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 10:00 to 17:00
San Agustin Museum
Address: Intramuros, Manila, Philippines, PH
Tel: +63 02 527 4061
Situated next to the famous San Agustin Church, this museum gives visitors a glimpse of what life was like in Manila in days gone by. On the ground floor, highlights include the statues and paintings in the Sacristy, while on the first floor, the Porcelain Room, with its collection of Chinese artefacts, are notable.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 17:00
Lopez Memorial Museum (LMM)
Address: Exchange Road, Benpres Building, Pasig City, Philippines, PH
Tel: +63 02 631 2417
Located in Metro Manila and within nearby Pasig City, on the corner of the Meralco Avenue, Lopez Memorial Museum resides within the Benpres Building. Founded as far back as 1960, the Lopez Memorial Museum serves as one of the most established galleries within the region and has gained an extensive and valuable art collection over the years, along with antiquarian maps and rare books. A particular highlight is a painting by Anita Magsaysay Ho, which was purchased from a relatively recent Christie's auction for a record-breaking price.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 08:00 to 17:00, Saturday - 07:30 to 16:00
Art Gallery Philippines
Address: Alabang Zapote Road, Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Philippines, PH
Tel: +63 02 728 4363
The Art Gallery Philippines enjoys a very pleasant setting, standing alongside a busy promenade, and amidst a selection of local stores and cafes. Step inside and you will find a mixture of paintings, created by both up-and-coming artists and also those who are more experienced. Prices vary greatly, with even some of the limited prints being fairly pricey.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 17:00, Saturday - 10:00 to 16:00