National Museum of the Philippines
National Museum of the Philippines (Taft Avenue, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila) – this museum contains exhibits of the country’s history – going back to the Spanish colonial era, as well as periods before then. One exhibit shows the skullcap of the “Tabon Man” (dated at 24,000 BC, that individual is reputed to be the earliest known inhabitant of the Philippines). A more interesting exhibit shows artifacts recovered from the wreck of the “San Diego” (a ship that sank off the coast of the Luzon in 1600), including items such as shell-encrusted swords, coins, porcelain plates, and jewelry. Admission: P150 (adult), P120 (seniors), P50 (students). Free admission for all on Sundays. Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Tuesday – Sunday).