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.