The 15-year old Ayala Museum facility, which includes the museum, Filipinas Heritage Library and ArtistSpace, will be temporarily closed to the public beginning June 2019 for renovations. However, the museum’s mission to promote art and culture will continue online and offsite with a new program, Ayala Museum On-The-Go (OTG).
Ayala Museum OTG will bring the museum's iconic exhibitions such as Kisame: Visions of Heaven on Earth, Botong Francisco: A Nation Imagined, the Future of History: Diorama Virtual Reality and the Filipinas Heritage Library’s Women and War and Color in History exhibitions to malls and schools near you.
You can also take part in the museum’s workshops, lectures, concerts, and other well-loved programs at surprise locations. For those who are busy and always on the move, Ayala Museum OTG will offer a digital platform that puts learning and discovery conveniently at your fingertips. With Ayala Museum’s mobile app, the museum’s permanent collections such as the Gold of Ancestors and Dioramas of Philippine History will still be accessible through audio guides and photos.
Additionally with a newly launched Ayala Museum YouTube channel, audiences will experience the museum’s collection through exclusive videos and curated content.
The Ayala Museum YouTube channel will house two new and exciting cultural micro-documentaries created and produced by the Ayala Museum team: Atin and In Focus. These digital series will explore stories drawn from Ayala Museum’s art and ethnographic collections, delivered in fascinating bite-sized portions to be enjoyed anytime and anywhere.
So download the Ayala Museum mobile app, subscribe to Ayala Museum’s YouTube channel and follow their social media pages for updates and announcements on when the museum will pop-up near you for a dose of Ayala Museum content while they are closed.
Expect Ayala Museum’s doors to re-open in 2020.
ABOUT AYALA MUSEUM
Ayala Museum, located at the heart of the Makati Central Business District, Philippines, is a breathing space amidst the hustle and bustle of Metropolitan Manila. Whenever visiting the country’s capital, the museum is surely one of the best places to lose yourself in amazing contemporary art and uplift your spirit through the Philippines’ inspiring history.
Among the museum’s highlights is its collection of archeological artifacts, notably the Gold of Ancestors: Pre-Colonial Treasures in the Philippines, which serve as a testament to the Filipinos’ rich ancestry and inherent craftsmanship. The museum also has on view The Philippine Diorama Experience, visually narrating the many milestones of Philippine history through 60 handcrafted dioramas, some of which are featured in the international Google Art Project. Ayala Museum also features 9th- to 16th-century Asian trade ceramics from the Roberto T. Villanueva Foundation in the exhibition A Millennium of Contact; and Art and the Order of Nature in Indigenous Philippine Textiles, a unique showcase of indigenous Philippine textiles donated by Mercedes Zobel with corresponding analyses from the artists of the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in the UK.
Ayala Museum regularly calendars various programs on history, contemporary art, music and design, including temporary exhibitions, lectures, artist/curator’s talks, workshops and performances. Included in its program line-up are Pioneers of Philippine Art, showcasing the paintings of Philippine masters: Juan Luna, Fernando Amorsolo and Fernando Zobel; Images of Nation, gathering works of Philippine National Artists in the visual arts; History Comes Alive with Prof. Ambeth Ocampo, a highly entertaining and insightful take on various historical topics; The Rush Hour Concerts featuring the Manila Symphony Orchestra in enchanting nights of live classical music, and ST’ART, introducing children to various artistic styles and the pioneers behind them through fun arts and crafts workshops.
Since 2013, the Ayala Museum’s sixth floor has become the home of Filipinas Heritage Library, previously located at the historic Nielson Tower in Makati Avenue. FHL now presents itself as a modern and accessible repository of Filipiniana materials and other references on Philippine arts, history and culture—truly a contemporary space for the contemporary researcher.
With all these offerings in store for its guests, may they be casual tourists, students and researchers, families, or simply arts and culture enthusiasts, Ayala Museum is surely a sanctuary in the city keeping the Philippine arts and culture scene vibrant and is a venue worth visiting again and again.