Deputy City Administrator / Authorized Representative - Tourism, Culture and the Arts Department:
Mr. Roger John P. Smith
Centennial Ave., Brgy. Tunasan, City of Muntinlupa
About the Museum
Museo ng Muntinlupa (Museo) is a cultural and educational venue of the city of Muntinlupa. It is the primary venue to present and preserve the history, heritage, and culture of the Muntinlupeños for generations to come.
As a city museum, Museo acquires, conserves, researches, communicates, and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of the city of Muntinlupa and its environment. It is the primary institution that forwards the conservation of Muntinlupa’s heritage through research, exhibitions, public programs, and even merchandise.
As a cultural center, it celebrates, fosters, and supports the culture and artistic excellence of the Muntinlupeños through performances, exhibitions, and training.
A premier city museum and heritage center in the Philippines, recognized as a cultural and educational institution and principal venue to feature, promote, conserve and experience the city’s history, heritage, and artistic excellence that will instill pride and continuing appreciation among Muntinlupeños.
- To serve all Filipinos, particularly all Muntinlupeños;
- To research and promote significant historical events and personages, lifeways, arts and cultural practices of the communities that form the City of Muntinlupa;
- To foster and nurture artistic and cultural talents and promote appreciation in the arts;
- To strengthen the awareness and understanding of the city’s communal values and its identity as a progressive city of the Philippines;
- To adhere to the latest and internationally-accepted standards in museum design and management.
Museo engages the wider public to take part in their evolving culture. It is a platform for creatives to share our History, their Story, and our Culture to the Community.
Museo is a platform for Muntinlupa artists to be recognized and acknowledged within their community and the country. As Muntinlupa’s heritage custodian, the museum will align itself with the National through the Philippine Development Plan.
Museo contributes to the development of well-rounded, global thinking, and youthful Muntinlupeños by bringing arts and culture closer to the community.
Museo brings wellness in mind, spirit, and body by bringing the community together with activities that inspire oneness and unity amongst individuals for the common good and progress of our community.
Sustainability at Heart
Museo engages the public to take an active role in sustainability, a triple bottom line framework whereby organizations develop and implement not just a traditional economically sustainable strategy but also explicitly include environmental and social sustainable strategies.
Galleries and Exhibitions
Museo ng Muntinlupa is a story-driven museum. The permanent galleries tell about the inspiring story of how the city transformed from a humble fishing community to one of the most progressive and highly urbanized cities in the country. One will go to the journey of telling the story of Muntinlupa through the years. The gallery names were taken from the city’s motto: Lakas (Vigor), Talino (Wisdom), at Buhay (Life).
The Buhay Gallery tells the story of the early lifeways in Muntinlupa from pre colonial times to the Spanish Colonial period. To make learning more fun, there are interactive components in this gallery such as the multi-modal Kinect program showing the early occupations/livelihood of the Muntinlupeños. It includes tablets that can be used by guests to view more information about the display. There is also an original araro donated by one of the oldest families in the city.
The Talino Gallery tells of Muntinlupa’s growth from a vast farmland to the location of nationally significant institutions during the American Period until World War II, which paved the way for Muntinlupa’s development. In this gallery, the role of the Alabang Serum and Vaccine Laboratory (the remaining building of which that is still in Alabang, Muntinlupa is declared as one of the city’s historical landmarks) is highlighted, together with the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM). The RITM donated some of their old laboratory equipment to the museum. The equipment that is now on display at the museum are all original.
Muntinlupa, among other things, is known for the New Bilibid Prison (NBP). The rich history and cultural heritage of the NBP make the local history of the city more interesting and insightful. This is the reason why half of the Talino Gallery was dedicated to the NBP’s history.
The third permanent gallery, Lakas Gallery, is where one can see Muntinlupa’s progress postwar until contemporary times. The key features of this gallery are the sound wall that is dedicated to persons with disabilities and the projection mapping table. The projection mapping table shows the city’s nine barangays, its disaster zones, and its land-use plan.
In sum, these galleries show that from an empty landscape to a fishing village to a Spanish town to a vast land converted into different institutions of national importance, Muntinlupa today has grown to become one of the best and most progressive and competitive cities in the Philippines.
The changing galleries are devoted to temporary exhibitions. Today, there are two interactive exhibits displayed at the third floor of the Museo, such as the Munting Bata Exhibit and the Luntiang Lungsod Exhibit.
Munting Bata takes the viewer on a storybook journey of Tala and Nilo, who are best of friends that grew up along the shores of Laguna de Bai in Muntinlupa. Tala and Nilo embody the tenets of Muntinlupa’s Lakas, Talino, and Buhay, shaping, changing, and guiding them through.
In the other room is another interactive exhibit showcasing the diverse urban biodiversity of Muntinlupa. Luntiang Lungsod explores the foundations of the city’s biodiversity, and at the same time, suggests ways on how they can help in preserving the environment for posterity.
The Museo ng Muntinlupa also has a Conference Room available for large gatherings, meetings, and fora. The seating capacity of which is 200.
Last but definitely not the least, the state-of-the-art 200-seater theater. The Museo accommodates film screenings, award ceremonies, symposia and the like in this room.
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