National Museum of the Filipino People

Lonely Planet review

This splendid museum houses a vast collection, including the skullcap of the Philippines’ earliest known inhabitant, Tabon Man (said by some to actually be a woman), who lived around 24,000 BC. There are extensive displays on the major Filipino indigenous groups, and a vast collection of Filipino painting and sculpture. A large section of the museum is devoted to porcelain plates, coins, jewellery etc recovered from the wreck of the San Diego, a Spanish galleon that sank off the coast of Luzon in 1600. Other treasures include a large collection of pre-Hispanic artefacts and musical instruments.