Manila’s National Museums reopen to the public

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The National Museum of the Philippines is gradually reopening after almost a year of closure. Photo from National Museum of the Philippines.

The National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) in Manila has reopened its doors to visitors with new guidelines in place to ensure the safety of museum guests.

Starting March 2, 2021, guests will finally be able to revisit the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Anthropology, and the National Museum of Natural History.

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The NMP earlier released the official guidelines for the gradual reopening of their three Central Museums within the National Museum Complex in Rizal Park in Manila.

These are the rules to follow when visiting the museums:

  1. Book a reservation ahead of time using this online form. Confirmation will be sent through email.
  2. Group sessions are limited to a maximum of five (5) people.
  3. Walk-ins will not be permitted.
  4. Each of the museums will accommodate one hundred people only per session.
  5. Only those persons aged 15 to 65 years will be granted entry.

Safety protocols during visits:

  • Every individual must fill out a health declaration form prior to entry.
  • Face masks and face shields must be worn at all times within the museum buildings.
  • Visitors must be mindful of their surroundings when using their sanitizing kits.
  • Social distancing of at least 2 meters between people who are not from the same household.
  • Hand washing facilities will be available in comfort rooms.
  • Use of elevators shall only be allowed for persons with disabilities and senior citizens.

Additionally, according to the NMP, the following are not permitted inside the museum buildings:

– Art materials (including ink pens) other than pencils
– Bags larger than 33 x 43 cm.
– Backpacks, baby backpack carriers, long umbrellas, and other bulky items
– Plants, flowers, or other organic materials
– Tripod and video cameras
– Wrapped packages including gifts
– Pets
– Guided tours are not allowed at this time.

The museums are open starting on March 2 from Tuesday to Sunday (except holidays), from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visit the Facebook page of the National Museum of the Philippines for updates.

The National Museum of the Philippines likewise announced the upcoming reopening of regional museums. Meanwhile, the National Planetarium remains closed until further notice.

The National Museum opened its doors to the general public for free beginning in 2016.

The 120-year-old National Library of the Philippines located on a portion of Rizal Park in T.M. Kalaw Street, Ermita, Manila, has reopened its reading room services to the public with a new reservation system and safety protocols.

Three heritage sites in Intramuros, Manila have reopened, namely: Fort Santiago, Baluarte de San Diego, and Casa Manila Museum.

Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning to visit Intramuros in the new normal of tourism.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to The National Museum of the Philippines for reopening to Filipinos after almost a year of closure and ensuring the safety of museum guests.

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