National Museum of the Filipino People
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National Museum of the Filipino People information
Within a resplendent neoclassical building, this superb museum houses a vast and varied 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. A large section of the museum is devoted to the wreck of the San Diego, a Spanish galleon that sank off the coast of Luzon in 1600, with salvaged items such as shell-encrusted swords, coins, porcelain plates, jewellery etc on display.
Other treasures include a large collection of pre-Hispanic artefacts and musical instruments, and extensive displays on the major Filipino indigenous groups. Note that the entry ticket also gets you into the National Gallery of Art.