Ayala Museum

Makati Avenue cor. De La Rosa Street | Greenbelt Park, Ayala Center , Makati , Luzon 1224 , Philippines
in Makati Metro Manila Luzon
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Sixty handcrafted dioramas form the core of Ayala Museum historical collections and chronicle Philippine history. The exhibition highlights major events and themes from prehistoric times to the recognition of Philippine independence by the United States in 1946. The exhibition culminates with People Power, a multimedia presentation that chronicles the events that led to the First EDSA People Power Revolution in 1986, including the tumultuous 1950s, the riotous martial law years, and the restoration of Philippine democracy by a new kind of uprising.

Gold of Ancestors
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An exhibition of more than one thousand gold objects from cultures that existed in the Philippines before colonization in the 16th century. Many of the precious objects here were recovered in association with 10th- to 13th-century Chinese export ceramics. Similarities in form and iconography with artifacts of other Southeast Asian cultures affirm regional affinities and interests. Adornments of elite individuals and their deities include an array of golden sashes, necklaces, earrings and finger rings, bracelets, and anklets.

Museum Cafe
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Museum Cafe (also called M Cafe) opened in 2004 and is located opposite the entrance of the museum and adjacent to Greenbelt complex. In 2012, the owners of M Cafテゥ- local restaurant group Raintree Restaurants, closed the cafテゥ for a renovation and re-opened in October 2012 with an expanded and new dining concept- Kabila Filipino Bistro.

Ground Floor Gallery
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Contemporary exhibitions such as retrospectives of Filipino artists and contemporary international art are housed at the ground floor of the museum.

Pioneers of Philippine Art
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Pioneers of Philippine Art showcases the 100 years of Philippine art from the late 19th century to the 20th century in the works of three famous Filipino artists namely Juan Luna, Fernando Amorsolo and Fernando Zobel. Paintings of Amorsolo includes Palay Maiden (1920), Maiden with Lanzones (1924), Maiden in a Flower Garden (1948), Portrait of Victoria Zobel de Ayala (1948), and Open Market Scene (1957-1958) to name a few. All works of Zobel highlights pure non-objectivism and abstract art. Some of these include Vasata (1960), Portrait of Ep (1961), El Balcon II (1964), Pausa Clara (1966), and Las Soledades de Lope de Vega (1968).

A Millennium of Contact

A display of more than 500 Chinese and Southeast Asian ceramics found in the Philippines, telling the story of how the country forged social and commercial ties with China and its neighbors.

Ceramics Study Center

Aside from the pieces of tradeware vessels from the Roberto T. Villanueva collection, one section of the museum provides researchers with study collections including books and several publications on art and history of ceramics courtesy of John D. Forbes.

Embroidered Multiples

The exhibition features selections from the Leiden National Museum of Ethnology collection of Philippine garments acquired from the French diplomat Brテゥjard, who served in Manila from 1881 to 1886. The collection includes rare, embroidered silk trousers or sayasaya worn by Philippine elite men, formerly known only through 19th-century watercolor images. Multiple examples of delicately embroidered nipis blouses provide a lexicon of decorative techniques including relief embroidery, calado openwork, and supplementary weft or suksuk, as well as the changing silhouette of women窶冱 fashion.

Filipino Heritage Library

The Filipino Heritage Library (or Filipinas Heritage Library) is located at the sixth floor of the museum. It is known to be one of the electronic research centers in the Philippines. It houses more than 13,000 contemporary volumes on Philippine history, art, language, religion, and the social sciences, and more than 2,000 uncommon titles, maps, and photographs. Additional features of this library include the digitization of its collection, CD-ROM publishing, development of web pages, and electronic databases. Moreover, through its numerous Library Link initiatives in the past, the library has set up an online search engine that provides access to more than 357,000 Filipiniana database records from over a hundred partner libraries nationwide.

Images of Nation

Images of Nation shows the works of the national artists for visual arts of the Philippines while, New Frontiers features the work of contemporary artists. Launched in 2010, Images of Nation presents each exhibition with corresponding educational components and publications, such as introduction to the exhibition, captions of each artwork, exhibition guides, and exhibition catalogues that provide an effective learning experience for the visitors of the museum. In the past years, Images of Nation has featured a collection of works by Vicente Manansala (May窶笛uly 2010), Jose Joya (September 2011-January 2012), and Victorio Edades (March- July 2012).

Maritime Vessels

The museum also houses several models of the different watercrafts that plied the Philippine seas and contributed to the development of Philippine maritime trade and colonial economy.

Third Floor Gallery

The museum's third floor galleries and the Zobel multipurpose hall are designed to house the changing displays showing Pioneers of Philippine Art, Images of Nation, New Frontiers, and Collector Series- from the 18th century to the contemporary period of Philippine art.


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