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Museo Pambata - Manila

Located in Roxas Boulevard corner South Drive in Manila, Museo Pambata is an interactive museum where visitors, particularly the children, get a chance to learn through the numerous fun and exciting displays of the museum.
Children's Museum

Museo Pambata also known as Children's Museum was a brainchild of Nina Lim-yuson who upon her visit to Boston's Children's Museum dreamt of a similar museum in the Philippines for the Filipino kids to enjoy. This dream was enthusiastically shared by former and then Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Estefania Aldaba-Lim. In June 1993, Both Yuson and Lim presented the proposal to use the historical Elk's Club building to house the Children's Museum to then Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim who readily approved it.
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Museum facade

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NHI Marker

With the leadership of the elected Museo Pambata officers and the help of educators, visual artists, architects, and museum workers who regularly brainstormed, Museo Pambata opened to public in 1994. It was a dream that trully became reality.

Today, visitors to Museo Pambata would surely enjoy the numerous interactive displays found in the different areas of the museum. These areas are as follows: 

Ground Floor
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Check out that eagle

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listen to the sound of the sea
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Farm life
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Flap it!

Kalikasan/ Environment - Check out the simulated rain forest, rice field, and seabed displays in this area. Children would surely love to mini play areas found here.
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The galleon replica

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The tranvia display

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Spanish Era house replica
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Pick up one of those phones to listen to a hero talk

Manila City / Old Manila - Check out the displays that bring you back to the past. Children would enjoy riding the tranvia. They can also visit a bahay na bato, enter a miniature church, and listen to some of the heroes of the country talk via the telephones.

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Numbers dolls wearing clothing of different countries  

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Its all about the Rights of Children

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Different Philippine costumes

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More dolls

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More costumes

Bata sa Mundo  / Children in the Global Village - Check out the numerous dolls on display wearing the national costumes of the countries around the world. The children would also get a chance to view and play with toys and musical instruments of other countries here.

Second Floor 

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Can you guess what building that is?

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Check out all those kiddie books...

Aklatang Pambata / Children's Library - Check out the collection of hundreds of storybooks here. This is a great place for children to let their imagination soar and also a great place for adults to have a quiet moment.

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Someone wanted to be a fish vendor...

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...and she's enjoys it.

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Then she wanted to be a firewoman

Paglaki ko / Career Options - Check out the different job related "booths" and watch the children act out as barbers, pharmacists, firemen, and many more.

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The moon rock
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The earthquake simulator
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The mechanic's half jeep
I Love the Planet Earth - Check out the different exhibits that teaches your children about climate change and other environmental issues. This is also a place where one can see one of the Goodwill Moon Rocks loaned to the Philippines by the US. 

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The most famous face of Museo Pambata

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Listen to the heart beat

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The blood map

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Guess what noise would come out from this body part

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A Titan's ear

Katawan Ko / My Body Works - Check out the different interactive exhibits that teaches kids about the different functions of their body parts. This is also where the famous giant face is found.

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The original Maroon 5
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Souvenir shop

The first time that I visited Museo Pambata was during one of my field trips during my elementary days. I have since visited it a few more times during the field trips by my class in the school that I work in, the last I brought my students here was about three years ago. I visited it again last September 1, 2017 as part of our "family day" trip during that long weekend. From the first time I visited until the latest visit, there were only little change or improvement in the museum.

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The helicopter slide

Despite this, first timers like my daughter enjoyed her time here. She particularly loved the tranvia and some of the interactive displays in Katawan Ko and I Love the Planet Earth. However, for folks like me who visited the museum several times already, I feel that the museum needed a makeover or an upgrade. To be honest, the museum is being "outplayed" by other interactive museums like the Nido Discovery Center in pasay City and the Mind Museum in Taguig City.

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Regardless of this, Museo Pambata would always be close to my heart (and probably majority of the 90s kids who grew up visiting this place during their field trips). Overall, Museo Pambata is still a must visit museum in the Metro.

Admission Fee:

P250 pax (children and adult)
Teachers are free, just bring an ID.

Operating Hours:

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Tue - Sat
8AM - 5PM (Sept - Feb)
9AM - 5PM (Mar - Aug)
1PM - 5PM

Getting to Museo Pambata:

When in Manila, visitors should ride a taxi going to Museo Pambata as no jeepneys or buses pass or goes directly to it. The nearest jeepney route is several blocks away.

Another option is to ride the kalesa or horse drawn carriage from Luneta Park. take note that this form of transportation is quite expensive. 

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  1. Eu sou regular leitor , como está todo mundo? Isto post Postado neste página web é
    realmente boa .


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