Iloilo’s traveling museum brings culture and history right to locals’ doorstep!

In Iloilo City, locals don’t need to travel miles to visit a museum because they can now explore one right in their own villages.

To stoke the Filipinos’ appreciation for Philippine culture and heritage, the National Museum of the Philippines in Iloilo launched the Pambansang Museum sa Barangay project—a traveling museum in a box.

The unique initiative consists of five mobile boxes showcasing replicas of the National Museum’s prized collections—from the famed Oton Gold Death Mask to the intricate Haból Panay woven masterpieces, and the region’s rich biodiversity.

“We came up with the program for everyone who has difficulty accessing to go to the museum –we can go to their place,” said NMP Iloilo officer-in-charge Maricyn De Los Santos, as reported by the Philippine News Agency.

The project, which aligns with the National Museum’s mandate to make its collections accessible to all, began in 2022 and has since reached schools, state universities, and barangays across the province.

Last year alone, the mobile exhibit wowed students at Passi National High School, Santa Barbara Central Elementary School, and Northern Iloilo State University.