Information about Motag Living Museum
Motag Living Museum
Motag Living Museum is the first-ever interactive museum in the Philippines, located in Motag, Aklan. It is far from the usual museum inside a building where static exhibits are displayed. The exhibits here are interactive and take visitors back in time to when the island was known for its peaceful farming communities.
The museum was created to keep the local heritage, traditions, and culture alive. It aims to re-introduce the teachings of Filipino ancestors to the younger generation. This museum has also helped the local community boost their profile, liveliness, and pride in their culture.
At the entrance of the Motag Living Museum, a “Bahay Kubo” or nipa hut will be the first to greet the tourists. Not far from the hut is another of its kind. It shelters one of the oldest women in the community who rolls tobacco into fat cigars.
Besides cigars, the locals make mats out of coconut leaves, which can be used for roofing, windbreakers, or wall fixtures for cottages. This process is called “pagsusulidap.” The elders also do traditional rice milling. Tourists can try these activities to completely experience what it is like to live in a simple community.
The women weave all sorts of things, like bags, baskets, toys, necklaces, and crowns, all made from the leaves of a native palm tree called “buli.” Both adults and kids are taught how to craft these goods. Other than trying out the activities, visitors can also help by purchasing souvenirs or products in the museum. The money collected will be given to the citizens.
Tickets and entry
Adults need to pay PhP 850 to enter the museum, while kids below 12 years old can enter for PhP 425. Those with a senior citizen ID get a discount of 20%. Note that the museum accepts payments via GCash or bank transfer.
Best time to visit
You can choose between two tour schedules. The morning tour is from 10 AM to 12NN, while the afternoon tour is from 2 PM to 4 PM.
Since the museum is not indoors, it is best to book during the dry months of November to May to lessen the chance of rain during your tour.