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A quick guide to Laguna’s art museums

Laguna is popular for its tourist spots and delicacies, but little is known about the art culture in the province. Here is a quick guide to Laguna’s art museums and how to enjoy them.

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Text and photos by JERVIS GONZALES
Illustration by MARICRIS SANTILLES

Tourists and visitors dropping by Laguna would typically look for quaint resorts and hot springs, local delicacies, and other spots. Little do people know that like Metro Manila, Laguna is also home to a number of art museums. Thanks to Laguna’s rich culture, the province hosts various sculptors, artisans, as well as galleries.

Here are some things to keep in mind when visiting these museums.

Check the schedule.

Like most museums, each establishment has its own operating hours. Museums are generally closed on Mondays but, as they say, there’s always an exception to the rule. Some museums operate the whole week, while others are on a “per-visitor” basis —  meaning, you may need to contact the curator or the caretaker before your visit.

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Take your time to appreciate. Skip the photo ops!

Artworks are intended to be appreciated not through a photograph or a video clip of you going around the museum and bragging about it on your Instagram feed. Most museums have rules concerning taking photos or videos inside their premises —  some allow the taking of photos or videos, some don’t. But just because you’re allowed to take photos doesn’t mean you have to do it. It’s better to marvel at that nicely trimmed narra sculpture than look at a photo of it on Facebook.

Get ready to travel.

Unlike the museums concentrated along Roxas Boulevard or Luneta Park in Manila, which are often a stone’s throw away from each other, going to and from every museum in Laguna is not an easy task. It would be great if you had your vehicle to travel around for your convenience, but commuting isn’t that bad either. Commuting directions for each museum will be provided in this guide, so you don’t have to worry about that.

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