History and Culture
Unusual And Unique: Davao City’s Trio of "Strange" Museums
Ida Damo | Jun 18, 2018
When you travel to Davao City, make sure you get to experience one, two, or all of these three museums with different and unusual themes for the kids or the kid in you.
D’ Bone Collector Museum
The newly-renovated and re-opened D’Bone Collector Museum is the first in Asia. The museum features different bones of animals from the Philippines and other parts of the world.
It has been recognized as one of the Top 5 Special Interest Museums in the country last November 2017 at the first Philippine Tourism Industry Awards.
Darrell Blatchley, owner/curator/collector of the museum also known as Uncle D, recently added bones from different states of the USA and Asia in the more than 5,000 specimens so that people are aware of these animals and would not be ignorant.
The museum also aims to educate kids on the animals’ habitat so that they will be inspired to protect the Philippine wildlife.
The 1st floor has assorted animal bones, the 2nd floor has forest animals and cave, and the 3rd floor has marine animals showcasing a 41-foot sperm whale from Cateel, Davao Oriental.
Museum Hours: Monday to Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 1-5pm. Closed on Sundays.
Entrance Fee: PhP80 for children; PhP100 for adults.
Location: San Pedro Extension, Brgy. 76-A, Bucana, Davao City
As Davao City gears up to be the chocolate capital and or cacao-producing capital of the country, Malagos Garden opened the first ever chocolate museum in the country.
It showcases the tree-to-bar experience wherein you get to visit the cacao farm and see cacao fruit-bearing trees, harvest the fruit, be shown the process of making chocolate, know chocolate’s history, and even make your own chocolate!
Location: Malagos Garden Resort, Malagos, Baguio District, Calinan, Davao City
Monday to Sunday 9am-4pm.
Rate for chocolate making: PhP450/person for 250 grams of pouring chocolate and six toppings.
Entrance to the resort: PhP200.
Upside Down House Museum
Have a grand time posing for photos that makes you look upside down without the blood rushing through your head at Davao’s newest museum.
Customers are called hangers because you sure will be hanging from every room of the house from the living room to the kitchen, to the dining room up to the bedroom, and even the baby room.
Do not forget to wear your socks as shoes are not allowed inside the house.
Museum Hours: 9am to 9pm Monday to Sunday
Location: Dacudao Avenue (infront of DOLE), Davao City
Rates: Php150 for kids below 3.5 feet; PhP200 for PWD and Senior Citizens; PhP250 regular
How to get there:
Major airlines fly daily to Davao City from Manila and Cebu. Manila is an hour and 50 minutes to Davao and Cebu is 50 minutes to Davao.
Take a taxi (Flagdown PhP40) to get to each museum. The Upside Down is the nearest while the Chocolate Museum is the farthest. Addresses for each museum are provided for in the story.