Where: DoT-PTA Complex, Governor Pack Road, Baguio City, Benguet
Operating Hours: Open Tuesday to Sunday, 9AM to 5PM; Closed on Mondays
Recommended Budget: PhP80 for two people (for admission; student rates apply)
A PhP6.5-million grant from the US Ambassador’s Fund made the much-needed renovation possible.
Image: Baguio Museum official website
Technically, this first destination isn’t new; Baguio Museum has been undergoing a 30-month rehabilitation, but has been opened to wanting and waiting tourists.
The newest addition, the Cordillera wing, welcomes patrons with an extensive array of artifacts from the six provinces of Abra, Apayao, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, and of course, Benguet, which includes the city of Baguio. It also houses meticulously sculpted dioramas depicting significant events in the region’s history, as well as rare clippings and excerpts that account for the region’s rich legacy.
Built in 1975, the Ifugao-inspired museum still houses classic historical pieces in other floors, like exclusive photographs of prominent people, historical events, prominent locals, scale models of the city from various periods, and a cool souvenir shop at the ground floor. Be sure to soak it all in, as picture taking is still strictly prohibited!
How to get to Baguio Museum: via commute: ride the P2P bus from PITX to Baguio or buses in Cubao or Pasay bound for Baguio, get off at terminal across SM Baguio, and walk via Harrison Road to Governor Pack Road (travel time is around 6-6.5 hours); via private car: Enter NLEX via Balintawak and exit via SCTEX/Clark Airport, take MacArthur Highway towards Kennon Road and finally to Governor Pack Road (travel time is around 3-3.5 hours).