Immersive Tunnels, a Sound Map and Pre-colonial history are but a few of the exciting elements found in Museo ng Muntinlupa.
Muntinlupa City, Philippines – A new Museum pops up in Metro Manila! Located by the shore of Laguna de Bai in Muntinlupa, Museo ng Muntinlupa is the first city museum of its kind infusing history, interactivity and communal spaces. A whopping 3,000 square meters, the museum is complete with interactive galleries for kids and kids-at-heart; a research center and meeting spaces; and a state-of-the-art 200-seater theater.
Presenting the history and culture of Muntinlupa from the pre-colonial era to the present, it not only showcases heritage but provides areas for contemporary artists and temporary exhibitions.
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi points out, “This project was envisioned years ago and now we are able to create this much needed venue for discovery and creativity. We want our community to be proud of our history including the trials and tribulations. Muntinlupa is home to very talented artists and this serves as a platform for them. Our museum, your museum, is an inspirational venue where everyone can learn and enjoy, we call it ‘edutainment’.”
One of the fastest growing cities in the country today, the City of Muntinlupa has risen from a small fishing village and agricultural land to becoming a commercial business district and center of industry and trade.
On the banks of the longest shoreline embracing the Laguna de Bai, the Museo ng Muntinlupa building was inspired by early traditional fishing contraptions used in the area.
City Architect Beaudon Causapin notes, “The museum was inspired by a Salakab, a traditional fishing trap used by Muntinlupa fishermen in the shores of Laguna de Bai. We follow green design—our ochre columns and wire netting absorb and deflect the heat making the building cooler. We also cultivate our own native plants right here in the city, and you will find this all over the museum and outdoor space.”
The Museo ng Muntinlupa was envisioned by the Local Government of Muntinlupa and will have a soft-launching on March 1, 2019, the city’s 24th Founding Anniversary. A series of activities has been lined-up for the opening of the museum. On March 1, Mayor Jaime Fresnedi will also deliver his State of the City Address bannering multi-sectoral developments in the city for the recent years.
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