There’s a new museum in town and it’s bound to make your Instagram feed goals come true!
Banking on the “millennial practice” of Instagramming, Lakbay Museo, an interactive museum, will open on July 12 in
S Maison at Conrad Manila. It boasts of 1,000-square meters of Instagram-worthy displays and interactive spots showing the beauty and wonders of the Philippines. You can choose to enter the museum through the vinta, a colorful jeepney, or an airplane, reminiscent of traveling around the country—by water, land, or air.
For just P799 (you get P100 discount if you book online), you can travel through the Philippines from the National Capital Region all the way to the island of Mindanao. Tour famous destinations such as the Mayon Volcano, Magellan’s Cross, and Banaue Rice Terraces, among others. Not only does the museum offer photo opportunities, it also gives visitors insights into the country’s history by showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the Philippines.
Guests can take a quick photo walk and experience the rich Filipino culture through different festivals such as the famous and colorful Pahiyas in Quezon, or by taking a look at the traditional Ivatan house in Batanes. Filipino cuisine from the different regions of the country are also on display, with all sorts of delicious delicacies in sealed jars which you can smell for the full experience—from sukang paombong and sukang iloco to bagoong, kapeng barako, and Ifugao rice grains. Woven fabrics as well as authentic costumes from different indigenous communities are draped on mannequins.
Aside from the exhibits, you can also catch a puppet show about Philippine heritage and folk dance performances.
Designed to promote environmental conservation, nearly all of the 11 exhibits in this interactive museum were constructed using recycled materials—4,560 rubber slippers, 328 rubber tires, and 453 old car mats.
The museum also provides job opportunities to out-of-school youths, non-professionals, local artists, persons with disabilities, and senior citizens as well-trained guides, ready to offer interesting facts about the Philippines. Moreover, it supports the country’s local market, especially the micro, small, and medium-scale enterprises, through a partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry.