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National Museum closes to the public 'until further notice' over coronavirus fears

Mar 13, 2020 - 9:45 PM

The closure covers all museums and archaeological sites under the National Museum network

DOORS CLOSED. The National Museum network shuts down until further notice amid the coronavirus outbreak. File photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

In search of the perfect cabbage and pork slab in Taiwan

Dec 23, 2019 - 12:22 PM

Well, I went to the twin national museums instead

THE CABBAGE. The jadeite cabbage and the pork slab. Photo by Frank Cimatu/Rappler

Miagao's hablon weavers to conduct free demos, lectures in Iloilo

Mar 03, 2019 - 5:35 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The 'Kababainhan, Paghabol, Komunidad: A Hablon Weaving Demonstration and Lecture' is a tribute to the artistry and craftsmanship of weavers of Panay

Brazil museum holds first exhibition since fire

Jan 17, 2019 - 5:02 PM

The director of the National Museum, Alexander Kellner, says that the exhibition is 'major proof that the museum is alive and operating with available tools'

NATIONAL MUSEUM. The director of Brazil's National Museum Alexander Kellner shows fossils found among the debris in the building, destroyed by a fire last year, during a press conference on the expo 'When Not Everything Was Ice: New Discoveries in the Antarctic Continent,' based on discoveries and the museum's collection during the Paleoantar Project, part of the Brazilian Antarctic Program, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on January 16, 2019. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

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Dec 14, 2018 - 1:35 PM

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Church hits bid to put one Balangiga bell in National Museum

Dec 13, 2018 - 12:00 PM

'They belong in the church, not in a museum,' says the Catholic Church in Borongan, which owns the historic Balangiga Bells

HISTORIC BELLS. The Balangiga Bells arrive at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on December 11, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

National Museum declares Post Office Building 'important cultural property'

Nov 24, 2018 - 10:56 AM

The Post Office Building, built in 1926, may now receive government funding for its protection, conservation, and restoration

Brazil's first human, a 'priceless' loss from Rio's museum fire

Sep 04, 2018 - 8:48 AM

The jewel in the crown of the museum's collection of 20 million valuable pieces, Luzia was the first human fossil found in Brazil, in the southwestern Minas Gerais state in 1970

LUZIA. File photo taken on September 20, 1999 of a cameraman recording the presentation of the reconstruction of the head of 'Luzia,' 'the first Brazilian woman' – whose skull is 12,000 years old – at the National Museum of History in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. File photo by Antonio Scorza/AFP

National Museum will be 'primary keeper' of Filipino heritage

Aug 07, 2018 - 6:13 PM

Senate Bill No. 1529 or the National Museum of the Philippines Act seeks to expand the functions and operations of the country's premier museum

HERITAGE. The Senate approves a bill seeking to expand the functions of the National Museum. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Christian Bautista, Kat Ramnani's prenup shoot

Jul 05, 2018 - 9:40 PM

The photos by Pat Dy were shot at the National Museum of Natural History

What you can see at the newly-opened National Museum of Natural History

May 18, 2018 - 4:07 PM

The museum's doors are finally open – and admission is free!

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM. The museum finally opens to the public. File photo was taken on the museum's one-day preview in October 2017. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

National Museum of Natural History to open on May 18

May 03, 2018 - 2:30 PM

The museum will open just in time for International Museum Day

MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY. The new museum is set to open to the public soon. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Early humans in the Philippines 700,000 years ago – study

May 03, 2018 - 1:13 PM

Until now, the earliest confirmed evidence of hominins – the scientific term used to group modern and early humans – in the Philippines came from a single, 67,000-year old foot bone unearthed in the Sierra Madre Mountains

EARLY HUMANS. This handout image obtained from the French Museum of Natural History on May 2, 2018 shows an archaeologist at work at the site of an archaeological dig at Kalinga in the Philippines. AFP PHOTO / MNHN / Thomas INGICCO

IN PHOTOS: A preview of the National Museum of Natural History

Oct 29, 2017 - 11:00 PM

The National Museum marks its 116th anniversary with a one-day preview of the National Museum of Natural History

The National Museum marked its 116th anniversary with a one-day preview of the new National Museum of Natural History. It is located at the National Complex, near Kalaw Avenue and Roxas Boulevard, which houses the National Museums for Fine Arts, Anthropology, Natural History, and Planetarium.

Briones wants more LGUs to build museums

Oct 14, 2017 - 2:58 PM

Education chief Leonor Briones praises the National Museum of Natural History as a 'non-formal supplement' to classroom learning under the K to 12 program

PLACES OF LEARNING. Education Secretary Leonor Briones delivers a speech during the inauguration of the National Museum of Natural History. Photo by DepEd

WATCH: Honeylet Avanceña hosts museum tour for ASEAN leaders' spouses

Apr 29, 2017 - 3:05 PM

UPDATED It marks the ASEAN debut of President Rodrigo Duterte s common law spouse who took on the role of First Lady despite having no official designation

ASEAN LADIES. President Rodrigo Duterte's common-law wife Honeylet Avanceña hosts the spouses of ASEAN leaders at the National Museum. Photo by Malacañang

House bill seeks to conserve Gabaldon school buildings

Apr 16, 2017 - 1:40 PM

The measure aims to preserve the schoolhouses designed by American architect William Parsons and funded through Act Number 1801 by ex Philippine Assembly member Isauro Gabaldon

DESTROYED. Heritage Gabaldon schoolhouses in Aklan that were destroyed by Typhoon Yolanda. File photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Manila on foot: A 1-day itinerary

Mar 31, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Here s an alternative culture filled weekend guide

National Planetarium offers free full dome shows

Mar 22, 2017 - 2:06 PM

The National Planetarium offers free shows as it launches its new full dome projector

Obama opens new African American Museum amid racial strife

Sep 25, 2016 - 8:50 PM

African American history is not somehow separate from our larger American story It is central to the American story says US President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama speaks during the opening ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture September 24, 2016 in Washington, D.C. / AFP PHOTO / ZACH GIBSON

Entrance to the National Museum now 'permanently' free

Jun 30, 2016 - 8:17 PM

Admission is now permanently free of charge for all visitors

Photo from Facebook/National Museum of the Philippines

UN, gov't agencies hold events, provide services for 2016 Women's Month

Mar 02, 2016 - 4:03 PM

This year s theme for the international observance is Planet 50 50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality

Christmas shoppers spooked by double bomb scare in Italy

Dec 21, 2015 - 12:37 AM

The two separate bomb scares in the northern Italian City of Turin were traced from a phone box in the Lingotto neighborhood

SolGen no longer NHCP counsel in Torre de Manila case

Aug 19, 2015 - 11:58 PM

The Solicitor General says continuing to represent the NHCP would compromise the statutory duty to articulate a legal argument that will best serve its ultimate client the Republic

NO LONGER NHCP COUNSEL. The Solicitor General will no longer represent the NHCP in the case against the controversial Torre de Manila project. Rappler Rappler

SolGen now declares Torre de Manila illegal

Aug 04, 2015 - 9:15 AM

Reversing an earlier position the Solicitor General is now saying Torre de Manila should be demolished

The Supreme Court (SC) hears the oral argument against Torre de Manila filed by the Knights of Rizal on July 21, 2015 Mark Z. Saludes/ Mark Z. Saludes/

Aquino hits UST for opposing proposed catchment area

Jul 28, 2015 - 3:57 PM

Why is the university opposing the project meriting it special mention in the President s State of the Nation Address?

File photo from Wikicommons

Unearthing the golden days of Ilocos Sur

Jul 05, 2015 - 11:03 AM

A new book from the UST publishing house takes a look into the pre Spanish era of trade and life in Ilocos Sur then an important maritime trading center

Metrophoto apologizes over Toni Gonzaga photo taken at National Museum

Jun 11, 2015 - 10:40 PM

This comes after a photo appearing to show Toni touching a painting at the National Museum during her prenup photo shoot makes waves online

Tunisia seeks to save tourist season after museum massacre

Apr 19, 2015 - 2:30 PM

The country s Tourism Minister announces a raft of measures aim to prevent another deadly incident

WWII ship explorers hit over Philippine permits

Mar 07, 2015 - 3:42 PM

A Philippine governor and the team of US billionaire Paul Allen clash on whether authorities allowed the search for the famous World War II ship Musashi

'LIKE TITANIC.' A photo posted on Twitter on March 2, 2015, by US billionaire Paul Allen shows the bow of the World War II battleship Musashi, located under the Sibuyan Sea in the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Paul Allen/Twitter

Hollande PH visit, Corona joins ouster, Enrile at Makati Med | The wRap

Feb 26, 2015 - 8:23 PM

French President Hollande visits the Philippines to fight climate change Former chief justice Corona says “Oust Aquino ” Senator Enrile is rushed to Makati Medical Center

National Museum to house paintings seized from Marcoses

Feb 03, 2015 - 7:57 PM

The anti graft court cites National Museum Director Jeremy Barns manifestation that the museum has all the expertise needed to properly care for the subject paintings

IN PHOTOS: 360-degree views of the Black Nazarene trail

Jan 10, 2015 - 12:24 PM

The biggest religious gathering in the Philippines the annual feast gathers people from different walks of life who share one faith

PCGG seeks transfer of Marcos paintings to National Museum

Dec 03, 2014 - 12:27 PM

The PCGG makes the appeal to the Sandiganbayan after the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas says it does not have the expertise or proper storage facilities for the artworks

PH cultural agencies in need of major overhaul?

Oct 28, 2014 - 10:00 AM

The unclear jurisdictions of the NCCA NHCP and National Museum may have led to the controversial greenlighting of development projects threatening the historical and cultural sites of Manila

206 PH caves classified, to be protected by gov't

May 01, 2014 - 11:43 AM

The country now has a total of 364 classified caves which the government is required to manage and protect

Explore these 5 museums in Metro Manila

Apr 27, 2014 - 7:42 PM

UPDATED As an alternative to the malls why not try taking the kids to one of Metro Manila s beautiful museums? Here are 5 kid friendly options

Candies, climate change and the 'pale blue dot'

Mar 01, 2014 - 10:27 PM

How do you explain climate change through astronomy?

P1.24B worth of Nat'l Museum artworks, antiques not insured

Dec 04, 2013 - 8:48 PM

Around 66 of irreplaceable art and artifacts are not covered by any insurance policy If they are stolen or damaged we cannot recover their worth

NO SAFEGUARDS. Around 66% of the artworks and artifacts in the National Museum are not insured because museum officials say there is no money to pay for insurance. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Skull discovery suggests early man was single species

Oct 18, 2013 - 10:17 AM

A well preserved 1 8 million year old skull brings new evidence that early man was a single species with many looks

HOMO ERECTUS. New evidence points to early man being a single species with an array of different looks. AFP PHOTO/GEORGIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM/HANDOUT

Cultural agencies to restore damaged heritage structures

Oct 15, 2013 - 5:36 PM

A team of experts that will be formed and will visit the sites starting October 17 with mobilization fund from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts

HERITAGE IN DANGER. The bell tower of the Church of San Pedro Apostol in Loboc, Bohol is in ruins. Photo by Robert Michael Poole

Free admission to all national museums this October

Oct 02, 2013 - 6:31 PM

The free admission applies to all 14 branches of National Museum and the flagship museums in Manila: the National Art Gallery Museum of the Filipino People and National Planetarium

Affordable rainy day trips

Sep 12, 2013 - 2:37 PM

Who says traveling should be heavy on the pocket?

SURF’S UP! Liw-liwa in Zambales is one of the closest surf spots to the metro. It has accommodations for penny-pinching backpackers, too!

Del Rosario: We will return Nat'l Museum endowment fund

Aug 23, 2013 - 12:03 PM

The National Museum chairman vows to comply with COA recommendation to put the money back to a government back but insists absolutely no harm was caused by his earlier action

ANOMALIES. A COA report says National Museum Chairman Ramon del Rosario and other museum trustees invested the museum's endowment fund into private banks without permission from COA or the Department of Finance

Where did P331-M Nat'l Museum endowment fund go?

Aug 16, 2013 - 1:43 PM

P331 million given to the National Museum remain unaccounted for

PROTECTOR OF HERITAGE. The P331 million endowment fund is meant for research and development of the National Museum. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Design studios collaborate, tackle social issues

Aug 12, 2013 - 5:19 PM

Design studios collaborate to help address real social issues through the visual arts

'Use museums to connect science to people'

Jun 25, 2013 - 7:44 PM

Top marine biologist: Connect the science with what people are thinking about most of the time

The Smithsonian Institution's Dr Nancy Knowlton. Photo courtesy of the US Embassy Manila

Rediscovering, revisiting the National Museum

Jun 12, 2013 - 3:10 PM

On Independence Day Rappler finds out if the National Museum is still relevant and why it is worth a visit

THE NATIONAL MUSEUM. What is now the National Museum was the Legislative Hall before World War II. All photos by Pia Ranada

Fiction in 150 words and other Nat'l Book Awards winners

Nov 19, 2012 - 5:27 PM

75 book finalists published in 2011 competed for about 2 dozen major prizes special awards and citations in the literary and non literary divisions of the 31st National Book Awards

SHORT FICTION IN FILIPINO. Award-winning writer Abdon Balde Jr wins his 4th National Book Awards prize. All photos and videos by Voltaire Tupaz

Tomb raiders spoil PH archaeological find

Sep 21, 2012 - 6:12 PM

They would have taken metal and other implements to be sold and thrown away the human remains since they had no use for them