History and Culture

The Negros Museum: A Quick Way to Get to Know the Island of Negros

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Belle Piccio | Jul 24, 2013

The Negros Museum is the first in the Philippines curatorially conceived without focus on precious artifacts but instead on the complex stories and people whose lives make up the stories.

In telling the story of Negros Island, The Negros Museum makes innovative use of original contemporary artworks and quality reproductions. It is a child-friendly museum with a livelihood component since local artists and artisans sell copies of their commissioned works at the Museum Shop.

The Negros Museum served as the Negros Occidental’s provincial museum opened on March 16, 1996 at the Provincial Capitol Building. Then in May 2003, it transferred to its current location which is the former Agricultural Building in Gatuslao Street. It achieved the “art deco influenced look” through the fusion of the building’s already present foundation and the reconstruction of pillars remnant of its provincial Kapitolyo.

The Negros Museum is open from 10:00am-8:00pm, Tuesdays to Sundays.

The Negros Museum is dedicated to promoting and sustaining a deep understanding of local culture, history, artistic practice, and ecology, primarily among children and youth of the island of Negros, and also among peoples visiting the various areas of the province. The Negros Museum commits to the work in order to contribute to long lasting social understanding.

The Negros Museum regards to children and youth of Negros (ages 3-18) as its primary public. The Museum plays an educational role in the community and views itself as an institution complementing and augmenting the information provided by schools.

The Negros Museum’s secondary public is its local and international visitors. With its prime location, Bacolod City, the museum is especially positioned to serve as a valuable entry point to the province – indicating the ways by which local, national, and international culture and history have intersected in the various towns and cities of Negros.

Entrance Fees: (may subject to change without prior notice)

  • General Admission - Php50
  • Senior Citizens - Php40
  • Students and Children - Php20

The Negros Museum is located at the Former Agricultural Building, a historic neoclassical capitol building built in 1925, that can be found at Gatuslao Street, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines.

For Negros Museum to accommodate you better, please book in advance. You can contact them at any of the following telephone nos. (034) 433-4764 and (034) 708-5080 or you can send an email at [email protected]

(source: The Negros Museum)

How to Get There

From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (Php2500++, round trip, 45 minutes). From Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle (Php75-100 per head) going to the city proper. You can also take a cab from the airport and ask to be dropped off at your destination but it is a bit expensive (Php400++).

If you’re already in Bacolod City, the landmarks would be the Provincial Capitol Building of Negros Occidental and the Hall of Justice. It is just located beside the Hall of Justice and a 3-minute walk from the Provincial Capitol Building.

Philippine Airlines flies daily to Bacolod. Book your flight now only at PAL.

(photos from The Negros Museum FB account and bacolodcity.gov.ph)

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