Museums in Cebu

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Most tourists visit Cebu because it is a tropical paradise that offers beautiful beaches and exciting outdoor activities, but the city also has a lot of cultural sites that are worth visiting. When you are vacationing in Cebu, you should not fail to visit some of its museums, which collectively provide a comprehensive insight into the history and culture of the city and the country of Philippines.

One of the most visited Cebu museums is the Rizal Museum and Library. This museum houses an impressive collection of exquisite antiques that were donated by wealthy Cebu families as well as fine artworks from some of the city’s best artists. There are also a number of important books about Cebu’s culture and history on the upper floor of the library.

The Southwestern University Museum is another popular museum in Cebu. It provides an interesting account of the culture of the Cebu and Filipino people from the prehistoric times to the Hispanic era. Some of the artifacts that you will find in this museum include boat coffins, burial jars, death masks in gold, gold teeth peggings, heirloom jewelry, pottery and church carvings.

If you are a music enthusiast, you should pay a visit to the Sala Piano Museum. This unique museum showcases hundreds of pianos of different shapes and sizes, and it is a popular venue for classical concerts. Other Cebu museums that you can include the CAP Arts Center, Casa Gorordo Museum, USC Museum, USP Museum and the Jumalon’s Family Cultural Project.

 



Most tourists visit Cebu because it is a tropical paradise that offers beautiful beaches and exciting outdoor activities, but the city also has a lot of cultural sites that are worth visiting. When you are vacationing in Cebu, you should not fail to visit some of its museums, which collectively provide a comprehensive insight into the history and culture of the city and the country of Philippines.

One of the most visited Cebu museums is the Rizal Museum and Library. This museum houses an impressive collection of exquisite antiques that were donated by wealthy Cebu families as well as fine artworks from some of the city’s best artists. There are also a number of important books about Cebu’s culture and history on the upper floor of the library.

The Southwestern University Museum is another popular museum in Cebu. It provides an interesting account of the culture of the Cebu and Filipino people from the prehistoric times to the Hispanic era. Some of the artifacts that you will find in this museum include boat coffins, burial jars, death masks in gold, gold teeth peggings, heirloom jewelry, pottery, church carvings and others.

If you are a music enthusiast, you should pay a visit to the Sala Piano Museum. This unique museum showcases hundreds of pianos of different shapes and sizes, and it is a popular venue for classical concerts. Other Cebu museums that you can include the CAP Arts Center, Casa Gorordo Museum, USC Museum, USP Museum and the Jumalon’s Family Cultural Project.

As far back as the 13th century, people have inhabited Cebu. Currently a province of the Philippines, it has an estimated population of 3.5 million people. Cebu is the most developed of the 167 surrounding islands in the Indian Ocean-Asia region. Cebu is considered by many to be an exciting travel destination, where visitors enjoy island hopping, swimming, diving and beaches. To better understand the culture they are visiting, many travelers will stop by the Cathedral Museum and the Casa Gorordo Museums.

Cathedral Museum

The Cathedral Museum is located downtown Cebu on P. Burgos Street. The Museum was recently renovated, as of 2006. It is known for its Spanish colonial era religious artifacts and church architecture. This collection includes a display of priestly vestments, statues of saints, photographs and materials to build Spanish era churches and artifacts, which are wood encased and etched in silver. The Cathedral is also known to host a variety of special exhibitions. Visiting hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 9am to 12 noon and 2 pm to 5pm. Recent admission fees were PHP 25 for students and 100 for non-resident adults.

Casa Gorordo Museum

The Casa Gorordo Museum is located at 35 Lopez Jaena Street, within walking distance of the Cathedral Museum. At the Casa Gorordo you will walk into a home that has stayed true to Filipino lifestyle between the years 1860 to 1920. This was the home of the first Filipino Bishop in Cebu. There is an admission fee of P 5.00 for children and 15.00 for adults. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 9am to noon and 1 pm to 5:30. Cebu offers the educated traveler a host of interesting museums and historical sites that one can combine with the more active outdoor options.

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January 19, 2010 change by sequoia maner

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