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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