Negros Museum in Bacolod City - Philippines
Every city, every province has a story to tell, and Bacolod is no exception. If you want to learn more about it, the Negros Museum will be your destination. Its blend of artwork and artifacts will give you insights into the past, present and future.
What to See
There are several galleries in the museum that you will get to see. For example, there is the JGM Gallery of International Folk Art and Folk Toys. This section focuses on playthings not just from the province but also from various parts of the world. A hit with children, there are over 3,000 different toys here. Meanwhile, the TUKLAS Children's Library, Resource and Activity Center in the Negros Museum is another popular site for children.
It is actually a workshop where kids can learn various crafts such as painting, sculpting, as well as reading and making various forms of pottery. Other exhibits highlight the importance of the sugar industry, the Iron Dinosaurs, a 50 boat and more.
There is also a gallery featuring the past governors and administrators of the province and some information on how they helped shape and change the history of the city. There is also an exhibit about Nicolas Loney, who almost single handedly created the sugar enterprise and industry.
The Negros Museum was conceived as early as the mid 1980s but the actual construction took a while to finish so it was opened in 1996. The edifice itself is quite historical as it is located at the very building that was established back in the mid 1920s. The design of the building was done by Leandro Locsin, one of the greatest National Artists in the Philippines. When the building was finished it was immediately recognized for its magnificent appearance and soon enough, its contents.
Location and Cost
The Negros Museum can be found at Gatuslao St in Bacolod City. It is open from Mondays to Saturdays from 10 in the morning until 6 in the evening. There is an entry fee of Php 30 for each adult. For students it is Php 20. Getting there is simple enough as the place has become a virtual landmark in the city. Any of the jeepneys or tricycles can take you there. The cost of the transport will be about Php 20.
The history of Bacolod City and the province is fascinating, something that will interest even those that usually are not keen students of the past. At the Negros Museum, you can not only read about it, but see the relics that make up the lands history and culture.