Things to do in Bacolod, Visayas: The Best Museums

November 30, 2021 Lean Nau

Bacolod /bɑːˈkɔːləd/, officially City of Bacolod (Hiligaynon: Dakbanwa/Syudad sang Bacolod; Filipino: Lungsod ng Bacolod) and often referred to as Bacolod City, is a highly urbanized city in the Philippines. It is the capital of the province of Negros Occidental where it is geographically situated but governed administratively independent from it.
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1. Museum Negrense de La Salle

University of St. La Salle, Bacolod, Negros Occidental Philippines +63 35 435 5998 http://www.usls.edu.ph/index.cfm/resources-services/museo-negrense-de-la-salle/
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Museum Negrense de La Salle

2. Laguerta Home of the Vintage Glasses Museum

Brgy. Sum-ag, Bacolod, Negros Occidental Philippines +63 917 309 8895
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4.5 based on 27 reviews

Laguerta Home of the Vintage Glasses Museum

Reviewed By spoolartist - Thimphu, Bhutan

Home to thousands of vintage glass pieces mostly from the Depression Era in the United States, the Vintage Glasses Museum in Bacolod City is a unique and eccentric shrine to anything glass collected in a span of 30 years when the owner, Tomas Claridad Casiano worked as a butler for a Hollywood movie director and eventually opening his own flower shop for Beverly Hills royalty where he procured unique glasses for his flowers. When he came home to the Philippines, he brought home 66 boxes full of his glass collection and opened the museum as his home was too small for his crystal obsession. His most prized possessions include wine glasses from Queen Victoria's court, a 1915 whisky decanter made for Ford Motors, glass decanters owned by Nancy Reagan, a Russian czar's goblet and glasses made with uranium! Can't recommend this place enough! They only open by appointment so make sure to make reservations first!

3. Dizon-Ramos Museum

42 Burgos St JRR Foundation, Bacolod, Negros Occidental 6100 Philippines +63 4348512
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4.0 based on 25 reviews

Dizon-Ramos Museum

A 1950 Negrense Lifestyle Museum. Ancestral House of Raymundo Lumalan Dizon Sr. and Hermelinda Villanueva Ramos. The Museum showcase how a Negrense Family life back in the 50's. Several areas of interest such as the Maskara Collection, Crystal Collection and Turntable/Vinyl room.

Reviewed By GIJoesandBarbies

I truly miss this museum. What hapoend to all the nativity scenes? I hope the younger, family inheritors did not squander their ancestors' prized collectibles for a few prices of silver. May this house be an example to all who save up riches on this Earth. Your descendants will just auction off your legacy. Same could be said for 99% of fmaily homes throughout history. I'd be interested in staying at the Bed and Breakfast and seeing if something has survived this makeover. I hated the house had to succumb to this fate. But, what other options did it have? People don't really care for History.

4. The Negros Museum

Gatuslao corner Lacson Street, Bacolod, Negros Occidental 6100 Philippines +63 34 433 4764 http://www.facebook.com/TheNegrosMuseum/
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3.5 based on 126 reviews

The Negros Museum

Reviewed By burghughes - Greendale, United States

I felt this museum was far better than the average score I see on Trip Advisor. Yes, it is small but they absolutely make the most of the space they have, which is a beautiful old building. What I thought this museum did incredibly well was provide background for the work of the artists on display. This helped me not only understand the context for the pieces, but also led to a deeper understanding of the culture of the Philippines and Bacolod/Negros Island. I found the photography display of Angela Silva’s work incredibly moving, especially “Shadow Mothers” which helps the viewer connect emotionally to the role of the Yaya in Filipino culture. I went from there to the much lighter work of Jo Anne Coruna, which is a series of drawings and writings about her garden inside the city. It is an effort to understand man’s place in the natural world and incredibly well done. When viewing allow yourself to take the time to read the small notes that she has written in many of the drawings. Again, a great connection to the local culture as cities like Bacolod grow and spread and try to find balance with the nature they are over running. I also loved the display of a Bao near the entrance. This ancient tool used to process sugar cane powered by a caribou walking in circles is almost the same tool I saw my uncles use to process molasses in rural Kentucky in the early 1970s. The only difference is theirs was powered by a mule. It helped to drive home that while there are great cultural differences from one side of the globe to another, the hard work and perseverance of the working class and farmers is incredibly similar. The staff at the museum was friendly and helpful. If you have a driver they can drop you in front and there is a small parking area where they can await your exit. However, the Museum is an easy walk from the lagoon if you happen to go for a walk in that beautiful park. The cost of admission is about $2 USD. To sum it up, I have had the opportunity to visit the Louvre, the Guggenheim, the best museums in Budapest and London...my wife was a Fine Arts major and the National Gallery in Washington DC was one of the stops on our honeymoon. No, in terms of the size and the value of the collection, this little museum in Bacolod certainly cannot be compared, but there is one thing they do even better than the great ones; they use the displayed art to connect you to their culture, to let you know more about them as a people, to tell their story. That is an amazing gift to give their visitors and one I am truly grateful for.

5. Art Association of Bacolod-Negros

Gatuslao St., Bacolod, Negros Occidental Philippines +63 928 902 8808 https://www.facebook.com/OfficialAABNegros/
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5.0 based on 1 reviews

Lopue_s Mandalagan 2/F Art District Main Building, Bacolod, Negros Occidental Philippines +63 2 123 4567 [email protected] http://galleryorange.ph/#exhibitions

7. Block 17 Art Space

Art District, Lopue's Annex Bldg, Bacolod, Negros Occidental 6100 Philippines https://www.facebook.com/block17.artspace/

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