At the “People’s Mansion” inside the grounds of the Batangas Provincial Capitol, is a museum that serves as a standing reminder of the glorious past of the Province of Batangas. Simply called “Museo ng Batangas” (Museum of Batangas), it has a diverse collection with items ranging from archeological artifacts dug up from different sites in the province, heirlooms from the Spanish colonial era, and even works of art created by modern day artists from across the province that depict the rich history and culture of Batangas.
The museum was first opened in September 1993 during the term of Governor Vicente Mayo. Then, it was known as “Ang Museo ng Batangas at Aklatan” (The Museum and Library of Batangas)1. The museum was closed after eleven years and was not revived until the term of Governor Hermilando Mandanas in April 1919.
As with most public institutions not only in the Philippines but the rest of the world, the museo had to be closed again not even after a year after its reopening as the Covid-19 pandemic raged around the planet. These days, it is once again open to the public Tuesday up to Friday from 8:30 in the morning to 4:30 in the afternoon. Admission is free.
Below are some snapshots taken by Batangas History, Culture & Folklore in a recent visit.
|The signage at the lobby of the Museo ng Batangas.
|An gallery of original works created by artists from around Batangas.
|A section devoted to the uniquely Batangueño religious dance "subli."
|Various artifacts from different eras of Batangas' rich history are showcased.
|Among the collections were artifacts from archeological sites in Batangas.
|The "maquina de mano," the first hand-operated sewing machine in the country.
|Elegant historic samples of the famous Batangas embroidery.
|Throwback to an agrarian past — various farm implements.
|The Governors' Gallery.