National Museum

NATIONAL MUSEUM

Within a resplendent neoclassical building, this superb museum houses a vast and varied collection, including the skullcap of the Philippines’ earliest known inhabitant, Tabon Man, who lived around 24,000 BC. A large section of the museum is devoted to the wreck of the San Diego, a Spanish galleon that sank off the coast of Luzon in 1600, with salvaged items such as shell-encrusted swords, coins, porcelain plates and jewelry on display. It also houses the National Art Gallery and a very comprehensive anthropological section.

(15 minutes from Manila Hotel)

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