It may not be the most high-tech museum in the country, but it is a museum with heart. Museo Pambata (literally “Children’s Museum”) teaches kids Filipino history, culture, science, and eco-consciousness in exhibits of charming simplicity. For starters, the museum is housed in the historic, American Colonial-era Manila Elks Club, built in 1911. Highlights include an authentic Meralco tranvia (tram car) that children can actually ride, the pamilihang bayan (public market) with barbershop, butcher’s shop, and panaderia where kids can play make-believe, and the I Love My Planet Earth exhibit which shows, in comparative vignettes, how Filipinos had a more eco-conscious lifestyle in the past. Museo also holds story-telling sessions for children.
Must-see: My Body Works exhibit—kids can enter through an enormous human mouth and intestine!
Entrance fee: P100 per person; free for Manila residents with valid IDs on Tuesdays
Museum hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed at lunchtime), Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: Roxas Blvd. corner South Drive (near the US Embassy), Manila