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The Ayala Museum is one of the Philippines' leading cultural institutions which holds the finest collections of dioramas of Philippine history and works of renowned Filipino painters. This privately-run museum is located at Greenbelt Park, corner of Makati Avenue and De La Rosa Street, Makati City.
During the 1950s, the late Filipino painter Fernando Zobel de Ayala y Montojo conceived the establishment of the Ayala Museum. This vision finally materialized in 1967 as a project of Ayala Foundation, Inc. - formerly known as the Filipinas Foundation, Inc. The Museum was initially housed in the Insular Life Building on Ayala Avenue, Makati City. In 1974, the first Ayala Museum building was inaugurated on Makati Avenue, designed by National Artist Leandro V. Locsin. The Museum was moved to its present home on the corner of De La Rosa Street on 28 September 2004, in time for the celebration of the Ayala Foundation's 170th anniversary. This new building was designed by the architectural firm Leandro V. Locsin and Partners led by Leandro Y. Locsin.
Ayala Museum is home to various displays of the Philippines' culture, art, and history. The galleries of the museum contains a variety of permanent collections which include the following:
- Diorama Experience - The museum owns sixty handcrafted dioramas chronicling the history of the Philippines. These dioramas, created by artists from Paete, Laguna, highlights sixty major events in Philippine history, from pre-historic times to the declaration of Philippine independence on July 4, 1946. This exhibit also features a multimedia presentation of the martial law years and the 1986 People Power Revolution.
- Maritime Vessels - The boat gallery is part of the museum's diorama collections. This gallery has miniatures of different watercrafts showcasing the evolution of maritime vessels from logs to modern boats.
- Fine Arts Collection - Highlighting the museum's fine arts collection are the works of three renowned Filipino painters namely Juan Luna (1857-1889), Fernando Amorsolo (1882-1972), and Fernando Zobel (1924-1984). This collection also includes the works of Damian Domingo (1976-1834). This permanent exhibit is complemented by changing displays featuring the works of various contemporary Filipino artists.
- Ethnographic and Archaeological Collections - The museum has also a display of its ethnographic collections from the northern and southern ethnoliguistic communities of the Philippines. These include indigenous cultural materials such as gongs, kulintang, coat of mail (kulab), and other tools and body ornaments. Also displayed on the gallery are some of the museum's archaeological collections such as gold bracelets, chert flake tools, ceremonial betel and tobacco boxes (Lotoan), and burial jars.
- Special Collections - The museum's special collections include the "Embroidered Multiples" (18th - 19th century Philippine costumes); "A Millenium Contact" (the tradeware collection of Roberto T. Villanueva); the Alfonso T. Ongpin Collection; and "Gold of Ancestors" (the pre-colonial treasures in the Philippines).
The Ayala Museum is committed to education and consciousness on the art, culture, and history of the Philippines for every Filipino. To fulfill this, the museum regularly hosts international conferences and symposia of both local and foreign art enthusiasts. It also provides different programs for children and adults, such as storytelling and storybook publications, art workshops, and gallery discussions.
- Ayala Museum Website
- Going for the Gold: A new permanent exhibit offers tantalizing hints to the Philippines' precolonial history.
- Ayala Museum Homepage (Accessed June 13, 2008).