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7 Must-See Museums in Bacolod City to Visit for a Historical Tour

Looking to learn about Bacolod’s history? Make sure to visit these museums!

By: Yoorekka Team | July 01, 2020

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the museums featured in this article might be enforcing their own set of health protocols and requirements. Please coordinate with the management before visiting.


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Learn about the province’s past through these institutions!

Image: The Negros Museum Facebook Page

Bacolod City has a rich and vibrant history that goes back as far as the pre-colonial period. If you want to see what the city went through up close, there are a handful of museums that are more than willing to share their stories. Amidst the city’s effort to keep up with fast-paced urbanization lies its strong will to preserve its bountiful museums where you can still visit and relive Bacolod’s cultural inheritance on display.

Read on as Yoorekka shows you the list of museums in Bacolod City that are perfect for your next side trip to the city.


1. Negros Museum

Location: Gatuslao St. Bacolod City


museums in Bacolod City

The newly refurbished Negros Museum

Image: The Negros Museum Facebook Page

Negros Museum is a neoclassical structure that houses some of the most essential cultural artifacts. In fact, it is the very first museum built in the Philippines that also houses contemporary works of local artists that retell a series of events that occurred during the past. Negros Museum is just a three-minute stroll from the Provincial Capitol Building and is near 888 Chinatown Square Bacolod, which makes it hard not to spot. There is also a café inside the museum which makes it an ideal place for tourists who would want to take a break in the middle of their historical excursion through the city.


2. Balay Negrense Museum

Location: Barangay 3, Cinco De Noviembre Street, Silay City
Operating Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Tuesday-Saturday


museums in Bacolod City

A beautiful morning shines over Balay Negrense Museum

Image: Dai Sy T. Ale

The Don Victor Gaston Ancestral House, or more famously known as Balay Negrense Museum, is a museum that showcases the lifestyle of the Negrense sugar baron during the 19th Century. Formerly owned by Victor Gaston, the son of Yves Leopold German Gaston who brought the sugar industry in Negros into life, the ancestral house has become one of the most visited museums in the province. The museum is just a 25-minute drive from Bacolod City proper.


3. Museo Negrense De La Salle

Location: University of St. La Salle, Bacolod City
Operating Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday-Friday


museums in Bacolod City

Some of the artifacts you will see inside Museo Negrense De La Salle

Image: Museo De La Salle Bacolod Facebook Page

Museo Negrense De La Salle is a museum located inside the campus of University of St. La Salle. The museum was developed through the generous donations from families who are mostly Negrense and, in one way or another, are connected with the institution. The museum houses various pieces of historical artifacts and treasured relics and allows local artists in the region to hold exhibits within its walls. The different collections inside the museum include the Ledesma Collection, Vega Collection, Esteban Collection, Velayo-Javelosa Collection, and the Puentevella Collection. Since the museum is inside the campus, it is recommended that visitors make a reservation first before paying a visit


4. Bernardino Jalandoni Museum

Location: Brgy. II, Rizal St, Silay City
Operating Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Tuesday to Sunday


museums in Bacolod City

The stunning and eye-catching façade of Bernardino Jalandoni Museum

Image: Bernandino Jalandoni Museum Facebook Page

The Bernardino Jalandoni Museum, famously known as Pink House, is one of the ancestral houses in Silay City that was converted into a museum. It is a two-story building based around both local Filipino and European architecture. The museum is known for its ceiling made of embossed steel trays that were brought all the way from Hamburg, Germany, which was considered exceptional during the period it was built. You definitely wouldn’t miss the museum since it stands on the main highway at Silay City. The museum does not only house cultural artifacts but also serves as a venue for cultural and educational activities in Silay City.


5. Laguerta Home Of The Vintage Glasses Museum

Location: Brgy. Sum-ag, Bacolod City
Operating Hours: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Monday to Sunday


museums in Bacolod City

The inviting facade of Laguerta Home of the Vintage Glasses Museum

Image: Joe Louvières Castro Cenizal

Laguerta Home of the Vintage Glasses Museum is a humble museum in Bacolod City owned by Tomas Claridad Casiano, a former florist based in Beverly Hills, California. He came back home to Bacolod City for good and built his own museum called "Laguerta." The museum houses displays of decorative glasses, from plates and bowls to drinking glasses and mugs. It is filled with different pieces of glass art of different sizes, shapes, and colors which is very pleasing to the eye. It is recommended to check with the museum first or make a reservation before going.



6. Hofilena Heritage House

Location: Cinco De Noviembre Street, Silay City
Operating Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Tuesday to Sunday


museums in Bacolod City

A beautiful afternoon at Hofilena Heritage House

Image: Lara Trinidad

Hofilena Heritage House is another museum in Silay City that reflects Art Deco and Art Nouveau architecture. Opened in 1951, it is the first museum in Silay City. It houses paintings of famous local artists from the Philippines like Manansala, Hechanova, Luna, Amorsolo, Rizal, and many more. Inside the museum as well is the world’s smallest doll, of which the Hofilenas are very proud to have. This is one of the must-see museums in the province because of the surprise that tourists will see on the museum’s second floor. Let’s preserve the element of surprise until you see it for yourself!


7. Balay ni Tana Dicang

Location: Enrique Lizares St, Talisay City
Operating Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Tuesday to Sunday


museums in Bacolod City

The stunning interiors of Balay ni Tana Dicang which is perfect for people with an old soul

Image: Balay ni Tana Dicang

Balay ni Tana Dicang is the oldest surviving house in the province of Negros Occidental, and one that is truly well-preserved. This is the main ancestral house of the Lizares family, one of the most powerful sugar barons in the province. Balay ni Tana Dicang literally means “House of Kapitana Dicang,” the name by which Mrs. Lizares was known. This museum is just a 20-minute drive from Bacolod City. The museum appears to be closed all the time so you need to knock as hard as you can to get the attention of the housekeepers and let them know of your interest to enter the heritage structure.




Stay safe as you travel! Make sure to follow social distancing protocols and observe health precautions wherever you go. Have a great trip!


This article was originally published in Yoorekka on May 08, 2018.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the museums featured in this article might be enforcing their own set of health protocols and requirements. Please coordinate with the management before visiting.


museums in Bacolod City

Learn about the province’s past through these institutions!

Image: The Negros Museum Facebook Page

Bacolod City has a rich and vibrant history that goes back as far as the pre-colonial period. If you want to see what the city went through up close, there are a handful of museums that are more than willing to share their stories. Amidst the city’s effort to keep up with fast-paced urbanization lies its strong will to preserve its bountiful museums where you can still visit and relive Bacolod’s cultural inheritance on display.

Read on as Yoorekka shows you the list of museums in Bacolod City that are perfect for your next side trip to the city.


1. Negros Museum

Location: Gatuslao St. Bacolod City


museums in Bacolod City

The newly refurbished Negros Museum

Image: The Negros Museum Facebook Page

Negros Museum is a neoclassical structure that houses some of the most essential cultural artifacts. In fact, it is the very first museum built in the Philippines that also houses contemporary works of local artists that retell a series of events that occurred during the past. Negros Museum is just a three-minute stroll from the Provincial Capitol Building and is near 888 Chinatown Square Bacolod, which makes it hard not to spot. There is also a café inside the museum which makes it an ideal place for tourists who would want to take a break in the middle of their historical excursion through the city.


2. Balay Negrense Museum

Location: Barangay 3, Cinco De Noviembre Street, Silay City
Operating Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Tuesday-Saturday


museums in Bacolod City

A beautiful morning shines over Balay Negrense Museum

Image: Dai Sy T. Ale

The Don Victor Gaston Ancestral House, or more famously known as Balay Negrense Museum, is a museum that showcases the lifestyle of the Negrense sugar baron during the 19th Century. Formerly owned by Victor Gaston, the son of Yves Leopold German Gaston who brought the sugar industry in Negros into life, the ancestral house has become one of the most visited museums in the province. The museum is just a 25-minute drive from Bacolod City proper.


3. Museo Negrense De La Salle

Location: University of St. La Salle, Bacolod City
Operating Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday-Friday


museums in Bacolod City

Some of the artifacts you will see inside Museo Negrense De La Salle

Image: Museo De La Salle Bacolod Facebook Page

Museo Negrense De La Salle is a museum located inside the campus of University of St. La Salle. The museum was developed through the generous donations from families who are mostly Negrense and, in one way or another, are connected with the institution. The museum houses various pieces of historical artifacts and treasured relics and allows local artists in the region to hold exhibits within its walls. The different collections inside the museum include the Ledesma Collection, Vega Collection, Esteban Collection, Velayo-Javelosa Collection, and the Puentevella Collection. Since the museum is inside the campus, it is recommended that visitors make a reservation first before paying a visit


4. Bernardino Jalandoni Museum

Location: Brgy. II, Rizal St, Silay City
Operating Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Tuesday to Sunday


museums in Bacolod City

The stunning and eye-catching façade of Bernardino Jalandoni Museum

Image: Bernandino Jalandoni Museum Facebook Page

The Bernardino Jalandoni Museum, famously known as Pink House, is one of the ancestral houses in Silay City that was converted into a museum. It is a two-story building based around both local Filipino and European architecture. The museum is known for its ceiling made of embossed steel trays that were brought all the way from Hamburg, Germany, which was considered exceptional during the period it was built. You definitely wouldn’t miss the museum since it stands on the main highway at Silay City. The museum does not only house cultural artifacts but also serves as a venue for cultural and educational activities in Silay City.


5. Laguerta Home Of The Vintage Glasses Museum

Location: Brgy. Sum-ag, Bacolod City
Operating Hours: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Monday to Sunday


museums in Bacolod City

The inviting facade of Laguerta Home of the Vintage Glasses Museum

Image: Joe Louvières Castro Cenizal

Laguerta Home of the Vintage Glasses Museum is a humble museum in Bacolod City owned by Tomas Claridad Casiano, a former florist based in Beverly Hills, California. He came back home to Bacolod City for good and built his own museum called "Laguerta." The museum houses displays of decorative glasses, from plates and bowls to drinking glasses and mugs. It is filled with different pieces of glass art of different sizes, shapes, and colors which is very pleasing to the eye. It is recommended to check with the museum first or make a reservation before going.



6. Hofilena Heritage House

Location: Cinco De Noviembre Street, Silay City
Operating Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Tuesday to Sunday


museums in Bacolod City

A beautiful afternoon at Hofilena Heritage House

Image: Lara Trinidad

Hofilena Heritage House is another museum in Silay City that reflects Art Deco and Art Nouveau architecture. Opened in 1951, it is the first museum in Silay City. It houses paintings of famous local artists from the Philippines like Manansala, Hechanova, Luna, Amorsolo, Rizal, and many more. Inside the museum as well is the world’s smallest doll, of which the Hofilenas are very proud to have. This is one of the must-see museums in the province because of the surprise that tourists will see on the museum’s second floor. Let’s preserve the element of surprise until you see it for yourself!


7. Balay ni Tana Dicang

Location: Enrique Lizares St, Talisay City
Operating Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Tuesday to Sunday


museums in Bacolod City

The stunning interiors of Balay ni Tana Dicang which is perfect for people with an old soul

Image: Balay ni Tana Dicang

Balay ni Tana Dicang is the oldest surviving house in the province of Negros Occidental, and one that is truly well-preserved. This is the main ancestral house of the Lizares family, one of the most powerful sugar barons in the province. Balay ni Tana Dicang literally means “House of Kapitana Dicang,” the name by which Mrs. Lizares was known. This museum is just a 20-minute drive from Bacolod City. The museum appears to be closed all the time so you need to knock as hard as you can to get the attention of the housekeepers and let them know of your interest to enter the heritage structure.




Stay safe as you travel! Make sure to follow social distancing protocols and observe health precautions wherever you go. Have a great trip!


This article was originally published in Yoorekka on May 08, 2018.

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Yoorekka’s team is composed of talented writers from all over the Philippines with varied interests, from creative writing to environmental advocacy. There is one thing that they share, though: they’re all passionate about producing articles that are not only interesting to read but also useful for anyone reading!

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