Museums and Galleries in UPD

Vargas Museum

Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center—The Jorge B. Vargas Art Collection consists of works by late 19th century artists such as Lorenzo Guerrero, Simon Flores, Juan Luna and Felix Resurrecion Hidalgo and from the 1930s and 1940s, most notably by Fabian de la Rosa and Fernando Amorsolo. There are also artworks by Jorge Pineda, Vicente Rivera y Mir and other artists who were referred to as belonging to the “Amorsolo School.” The collection also includes modernist works such as those of Victorio Edades, Juan Aralleno, Diosdado Lorenzo, Vicente Manansala along with contemporaries who were active in the 1950s.

The collection was donated by Jorge B. Vargas, the country’s first Executive Secretary during the Commonwealth period, on March 1, 1978. In addition to the artworks, he donated his collection of art, stamps and coins, library, personal papers and memorabilia. Vargas was a UP alumnus. In 1983, UP laid the cornerstone for a building that would house Vargas’ collection and on February 22, 1987, the museum building was formally inaugurated by then Pres. Corazon C. Aquino.

Location: Roxas Avenue beside Bulwagang Rizal (Faculty Center)
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm
Contact: (+632) 8-928-1927; VoIP: (+632) 8-981-8500 locals 4021; email:;

Bulwagan ng Dangal
Bulwagan ng Dangal

Bulwagan ng Dangal provides a rich venue to sift through the growing University Art Collection, re-view, re-read and re-contextualize it to suit particular contemporary purposes and present it through various thematic exhibitions.

Location: South Wing basement of Gonzalez Hall (University Library) facing Palma Hall Annex
Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm; Saturday 10 am to 2 pm
Contact:(+632) 8925-4609; VoIP(+632)8981-8500 local 2878; email:

The Costume Museum of the College of Home Economics (CHE) is a collection of more than a thousand pieces of rare historic Filipino costumes and accessories (shoes, bags, belts, veils, hats, etc.). The museum’s collection is composed of rare and authentic items which represent a valuable segment of the historical development of the Filipino cultural heritage. To date, this collection is superior to other museum collections in terms of relevance to historic development of styles of Filipino costumes. The museum also serves as a laboratory for Clothing Technology majors.

Location: 2F, Alonzo Hall, College of Home Economics
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 4:30pm (Call for appointment)
Contact: VoIP: (+632) 8981-8500 local 3404;; Website:
Curator: Prof. Monica Rayala

The Jose V. Santos Herbarium is a collection of some 20,000 specimens, mainly vascular plants, including a collection of grass specimens by Santos, and fern specimens by Presciliano Zamora and a general collection by slain scientist Leonardo Co, plant taxonomist and considered one of the greatest ethnobiologists in the country. The facility also houses a small teaching collection dated prior to World War II.

Location: Pavilion IV, Institute of Biology at Llamas Science Hall across Sampaguita Residence Hall
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5pm
Contact: (+63) 8917-913-3551; VoIP: (+632) 8981-8500 local 3728
Researchers: James V. LaFrankie, PhD; Sandra Yap, PhD

Ishmael Bernal Gallery
Ishmael Bernal Gallery

The Ishmael Bernal Gallery is an artist’s space flexible for multimedia exhibits and installations and perfect for intimate film screenings and cultural nights named in honor of the late multi-awarded filmmaker Ishmael Bernal. It is a venue within and managed by the UP Film Institute (UPFI), formerly called UP Film Center, of the UP College of Mass Communication.

Location: UP Film Institute along Osmeña Avenue, beside the UP Carillon Plaza
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm
Contact:(+632) 8926-2722 /8926-3640; VoIP: (+632) 8981-8500 local 2489; Website:
Contact person: Acting Administrative Officer Ferdie Manalo

UP Biology Invertebrate Museum
UP Biology Invertebrate Museum

The UP Biology Invertebrate Museum, also called the Invertebrate Museum, was established when the Department of Zoology and Department of Botany were still separate units. Two major expeditions were led by P. De Mesa and M. Delgado in the 1940s, which included the collection of marine, freshwater and terrestrial invertebrate specimens. Since then, collecting trips from different projects and ecology and taxonomy courses have added up to the Museum’s holdings. At present, the Museum has about 5,000 records composed of 1,279 Arthropods, 582 Cnidarians, 602 Echinoderms and 2,819 Mollusks.

Location: It Room 111, West wing of Zoology Building behind the Natural Sciences Research Institute
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm
Contact: (+63) 939-9085457/ (+63) 939-908-5457; VoIP: (+632) 8981-8500 loc. 3730; Website:
Researcher: Prof. Gizelle A. Batomalaque, PhD

Musical Instruments
Musical Instruments

The UP College of Music Museum of Musical Instruments of the College of Music has a collection of ethnic musical instruments from the Philippines and other countries. The musical instruments on display are classified by country and broken down as follows: Philippines (57%), Japan (18%), Indonesia (15%), Korea (7%) and from other countries (3%) such as Australia, China and Africa. The museum opened on February 4, 1991 under the deanship of Prof. Juan Ramos and is maintained by the Department of Music Research.

Location: 2F, Abelardo Hall main building
Hours: Monday to Friday, by appointment
Contact: Phone: (+632) 8929-6963; VoIP: (+632) 8981-8500 loc. 2635
Faculty-in-Charge: Dr. Verne Dela Peña

UP NIGS-UPGAA Geology Museum
UP NIGS-UPGAA Geology Museum

The UP NIGS-UPGAA Geology Museum serves as a teaching venue for earth science education in the Philippines. It is one of the few, if not the only museum of its kind in the Philippines that has a comprehensive display of types of minerals, rocks and fossils presented systematically. Other exhibits concentrate on Philippine fossil material such as the fossil elephant, Stegodon, and other vertebrate remains from 1-2 million-year-old rocks from nearby Antipolo, Rizal, and invertebrate fossils from several sites around the Philippines. Large rock and fossil specimens are exhibited for visitors to touch. A section is devoted to Applied Geology featuring dioramas of oil and geothermal production, an interactive display of Philippine ore deposits, faults and volcanoes, ore samples and computer interactive booths. Earth science videos are featured in a corner of this section. Hands-on activities for younger visitors to dig for fossil replicas, investigate microfossils under the microscope and plate tectonics are currently on display. The museum, which was donated by the UP Geology Alumni Association, officially opened in October 2007.

Location: National Institute of Geological Sciences Building, G. Velasquez corner C.P. Garcia Streets
Hours: Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm
Contact:(+632) 8924-2709, (+632) 8924-2485/ 929-6047; email:
Contact Person: Dr. Alyssa Peleo-Alampay

The Corredor is the official gallery of the College of Fine Arts. It is managed by an Exhibitions Committee which implements gallery programs and activities that aim to: to provide art and exhibition design experience within academic and teaching contexts; enhance CFA’s capability as a repository of art in the university; and forge a dynamic artistic and cultural exchange program for faculty and students through linkages with cultural and corporate institutions here and abroad.

Location: College of Fine Arts, E. Jacinto Street
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact: (+632) 8981-8732; (+632) 8920-9910 (Telefax); VoIP: (+632) 8981-8500 Local 3977


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Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center. Retrieved July 9, 2014, from

Bulwagan ng Dangal. Retrieved July 10, 2014, from

Costume Museum. Retrieved July 10, 2014, from

Herbarium.Retrieved July 10, 2014, from

Ishmael Bernal Gallery. Retrieved July 10, 2014, from

UP Biology Invertebrate Museum. Retrieved July 10, 2014, from

Museum of Musical Instruments. Retrieved July 10, 2014, from

UP NIGS-UPGAA Geology Museum. Retrieved July 10, 2014, from

Corredor Gallery. Retrieved July 10, 2014, from

Last Updated: 04 Apr 2023