History and Culture

The Philippines' 1st Marine Museum for Kids

Negros Occidental

Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | Mar 03, 2014

The Museo sang Bata sa Negros (The Children's Museum in Negros) is also the country's second hands-on and interactive museum for children. Kids and their parents from the southern Philippines who can't visit Manila's renowned Museo Pambata for one reason or another has a great alternative in Sagay City.

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Kids playing with the coral polyp exhibit; photo from Museo sang Bata sa Negros.

The Museo sang Bata inspires and adds to the knowledge of young minds about our country’s marine reserves. It casts the spotlight on marine ecosystems, highlighting the importance of corals and other aquatic life.

The museum doesn't limit itself to the seas, however -- it also has exhibits on Philippine crafts, international folk arts and toys, as well as a health exhibit on smoking and values education.

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Part of the International Folk Toys collection of the museum; photo from Museo sang Bata sa Negros.

The museum is managed by the Museo sang Bata sa Negros Foundation, Inc. It's open everyday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and closed on special holidays such as Christmas, New Year, All Soul’s Day, All Saints’ Day, Holy Thursday, Black Friday, and Easter Sunday.

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The mangrove exhibit; photo from Museo sang Bata sa Negros.

Rates:

  • Php40.00 – General Admission
  • Php20.00 – Student / Senior Citizen

Special discounts are given to group tours.

The building is located at the port area of Barangay Old Sagay and faces the city’s 32,000-hectare Sagay Marine Reserve -- quite an apt home for the Museo.

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The Museo sang Bata sa Negros; photo by Dustin Mijares.

For booking or inquiries, contact the Museo sang Bata sa Negros at (034) 457-8003 or 0917-472-3365. You can also send an email at [email protected]

How to Get There

From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (estimated cost of Php2500++, round trip, 45 minutes). From Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle (Php75-100 per head), or a cab and ask to be dropped off at the nearest bus station for Bacolod-Sagay.

You can also go to Bacolod by ferry (estimated cost of Php2700++ with meal, round trip, 20-22 hours) from Manila. From the port you can get a cab and ask to be dropped off at the north terminal bus station for Bacolod-Sagay. Buses and vans for hire ply the northern Negros highway. Sagay is approximately a 2-hour drive (approximately 82 kilometers) by private car from Bacolod City.

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