|1. Filipino Masters Hall - features various paintings by Filipino masters since 19th century, like Juan Luna, Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, Fernando Amorsolo, Simon Flores, Carlos "Botong" Francisco, Vicente Manansala, etc. Its main attraction is the huge painting of the "Spoliarium" by Juan Luna that won one of the two gold medals in the National Exposition of Fine Arts in Madrid, Spain in 1884. A recent bequest to the Filipino people from the Far East Bank & Trust Company has augmented the national art collection with 73 paintings by Juan Luna and one F.R. Hidalgo. A portion of the galllery also exhibits contemporary paintings relevant to the evolution of art in the Philippines. Selected work of Diosdado Lorenzo, Jose Joya, Hernando Ocampo, Cesar Legaspi, Ricarte Puruganan and other Filipino artists are on display in this hall.|
||2. Botany Exhibit - displays plaster models of edible fruits and vegetables and specimens of Philippine economic plants used as condiments, beverages, clothing and building materials. Some dioramas feature different types of vegetation in the Philippines namely, marine, beach, coastal, mangrove, grassland and forests.|
|3. Geology Exhibit - shows the geographical features of the Philippine archipelago millions of years ago, specimens of fossilized remains of animals and plants that were recovered from the Pleistocene sites in the different parts of the Philippines, and samples of rocks and minerals with maps showing their distribution in the different localities of the country. The volcanoes exhibit focuses on their structure, development, importance and dangers to the people as well as their geographical on a map of the Philippines.|
4. Vanishing Natural Heritage Exhibit - features selected Philippine fauna that are endemic, and are becoming rare and endangered, but which are now protected and conserved under Philippine laws. These include among others, the mouse deer, pawikan, tarsier the pygmy goby (the smallest fish in the world), other birds. The tamaraw and the Philippine eagle which are also considered rare and endangered, are exhibited in the renovated sections of the Philippine Fauna Exhibits.
|5. Zoology Exhibit
- presents mounted specimens of Philippine terrestrial and marine animals
shown with backgrounds simulating their natural habitat. These are reptiles,
crustaceans, echinoderms, shells, and polychaetes. The newly renovated
Philippine Fauna Exhibition has four sections:
(1) The Game Fishes of the Philippines features huge Lapu-Lapu (Kugtong), Tanigue, Yellow Fin Tuna, Malasugue and Barracuda;
(2) The Wonderful World of Insects displays rare and common butterflies, moths, beetles, and other insects;
(4) Deep Sea animals features rare deep sea animals
such as lobster, shrimp, sponge and a rare fish exhibited for the first
|6. The Filipino Architectural Heritage - an exhibition of photographs and architectural drawings and floor plans of Spanish-built churches, historical landmarks, towns and structures during the 16th century to the 19th century.|
1. The San Diego Treasures Exhibitions
|There are two galleries depicting the richness of the artefactual materials
recovered from the shipwreck "San Diego".
2. Five Centuries of Maritime Trade before the Arrival
of the West
|This exhibition designed in a different technique is another attraction
at this newly renovated building. the display tehcnique is the modern concept
of an storage exhibition, meaning that while the artifact are stored, they
can still be viewed by museum quests, researchers and specialists. Some
museum collections are exhibited in their "in situ" condition where
they actually recover from their discovery site, while other artifacts
are exhibited in storage cases, thus the exhibition is also called a storage
The artifacts exhibited composed of rare and significant pieces retrieved from the five (5) shipwrecks or junks earlier worked by the
The discovery of these merchant vessels also reaffirms the active interchange that already existed among the people of the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, India and the Arab nations since the prehistoric times.
3. Story of the Filipino People
This exhibition features the material cultures of the ethnolinguistic communities in the different parts of the Philippines from Luzon to Mindanao such as household utensils, fishing and farming equipment, weapons, musical intruments, personal ornaments including their act.
1. Multi-Purpose Hall -
this hall is used for changing exhibits of one-man or group art shows,
travelling exhibits from other countries, and other special themes mounted
for a brief period of two weeks to one month. It is also the venue of occasional
lectures, demonstrations, seminar-workshops, slide shows and cultural presentations.