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Iloilo Provincial Jail


Iloilo Provincial jail is a century old building that once housed law violators, but now serves as a regional extension of the National Museum of the Philippines, and houses treasures and our country’s rich history and culture, focusing on the area of Western Visayas. The museum is being prepared to have five galleries

The Iloilo provincial government officially handed over to the National Museum what is now called the Western Visayas Regional Museum, located along Bonifacio Drive, on April 11, 2018 that coincided with the 117th founding anniversary of the province of Iloilo. The century-old facility was built in 1911 and stopped functioning as a jail in 2006 after. The inmates were transferred to the newly built provincial jail. Even though it is a hundred years old, it is still standing, which strengthens the fact that it is a well-designed jail. The provincial government spent P19 million to retrofit the old structure while the National Museum allotted P80 million to convert the old jail into a museum. Museum Declaration No. 22-2017 states that “the old Iloilo provincial jail is a cultural property enjoying the presumption of law as an important property; possesses exceptional cultural and architectural significance relative to the local areas, history and culture; and merits official recognition as a part of the heritage and patrimony of the Filipino people.”

The Museum has 5 galleries in the lower ground area and an open gallery on the second floor. These galleries will exhibit hundreds of archaeological artifacts, fossils, like the follils found in Cabatuan, that is believed to be a part of an elephant. The first gallery will house the textiles in the area, among other cultural relics. The museum will also house the Oton Death Mask, a pre-Hispanic gold mask found in a grave site in Oton town, which is currently kept in the vault of the National Museum in Manila.