The five museums to visit for a taste of Cebu’s culture

Cebu is more than its history. Its culture is as rich as its soil and its heritage as vibrant as its people. Living testaments to that are the museums displaying facts of what was the Queen City during its formative years. Here’s the list of museums around downtown one can hop from one place to another just for a day.

 

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Fort San Pedro

(Photography by Christine Cueto/Originally published in Zee Lifestyle, March 2015)

One of the city’s attractions with historical accents is the Fort San Pedro. Also known as the smallest and oldest fort in the country, this is located along the bustling port area of Cebu and the great Plaza Independencia. It was built by Spanish and Cebuano labourers as a military defense structure. The name was taken from Miguel Lopez de Legazpi’s ship San Pedro, which he used to sail across the Pacific Ocean.

Entrance Fee: Php 50

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Museo Sugbo

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Located along the street of M.J. Cuenco Avenue, this museum was once the home of the world-renowned dancing inmates from the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center. It housed special galleries during Japanese and Spanish occupation.

Entrance Fee: Php 75

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1730 Jesuit House

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(Photography by Steffen Billhardt for Postcards for Cebu 2016)

Located along the old Chinese district of Cebu, Parian, this 300-year-old house is a two-storey structure made of cut coral stone walls, tugas hardwood floors and posts, terracotta roof connected on its second floor by a walkway. This houses a special gallery of what was Cebu centuries ago.

Entrance Fee: Php 50

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Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House

(Photography by Steffen Billhardt for Postcards for Cebu 2016)
(Photography by Steffen Billhardt for Postcards for Cebu 2016)

Just across The Heritage of Cebu Monument is this old ancestral house. Considered as one of the oldest residences in the Philippines, the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House was built during the 1700s. It houses the old crafts owned by the Chinese family named Don Juan Yap and his wife, Dona Maria Florido.

Entrance Fee: Php 50

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Casa Gorordo

(Photography by Steffen Billhardt for Postcards for Cebu 2016)
(Photography by Steffen Billhardt for Postcards for Cebu 2016)

Fresh from its extensive renovation, this museum is now once again open to the public. Just adjacent to the Museo Sugbo, this was originally built as a private home during the 1850’s, and was eventually purchased by one of Cebu’s leading families – the Gorordos. Its walls is made of Mactan coral stones and Philippine hardwood held together with wooden pegs.

Entrance Fee: Php 70

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photography Steffen Billhardt

Steffen captures the beauty of Cebu through his lens for the 2016 edition of Postcards From Cebu, coming soon.

Carlo Rivera
Carlo Rivera

Carlo Rivera is the Managing Editor of Zee Lifestyle Directory. He loves to eat, and travel more of Cebu. Follow his adventures and morbid #1amthoughts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @carlotherivera

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