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MUSEO ILOCOS NORTE, V. Llanes, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
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Museo Ilocos Norte


Museo Ilocos Norte is situated in Laoag, Ilocos Norte. It is an excellent representation of the rich heritage of Ilocos and the ethnography of the Ilocanos, Igorots, Itnegs, Yapayaos and other ethnicities of the province.

The museum is housed in an existing Tabacalera or a tobacco warehouse close to the Provincial Capitol. The warehouse used to be a plain brick structure among the other chain of brick structures built in Ilocos during the 19 th century. The tabacalera was then converted to an enthralling two-storey museum.

From the old household implements to farming equipment to the ancient bahay na bato house models to the significance of garlic in their lives, a trip to the Ilocos Museum is a visual treat. 


How to get there

The museum is located at V. Llanes, Laoag City. In order to get here, ask the driver of the jeepney or tricycle to drop you off exactly at the tourist attraction. You can also join a guided tour.


Best time to visit:

Museo Ilocos Norte is open from Monday to Saturday, with two sessions daily: 9 AM to 12 NN and 1 PM to 5 PM. 


Entrance fee

There’s a minimal entrance fee for this tourist attraction.

Frequently asked questions

Is there a souvenir shop inside Museo Ilocos Norte?

Yes. Sarusar, which means storage place in Ilocano, is the souvenir shop located in the premises of Museo Ilocos Norte. Local products and crafts are offered in the Sarusar, such as vinegar, garlic, tobacco, local wine, blankets among others. Souvenir items are also available such as key holders, shirts, magnets, bags, etc.

Why should travelers visit Museo Ilocos Norte?

The museum allows its guests to experience the multi-faceted cultural heritage of a hard-working community known for their strength, resourcefulness, simplicity and creativity.

What are the main features of Museo Ilocos Norte?

Museo Ilocos Norte exhibits different artifacts, objects and mementos that showcase the lifestyle, livelihood, habitat and culture of our ancestors from the Ilocos region.

What is the cultural significance of Museo Ilocos Norte?

When the museum was conceptualized, they had primarily the young Ilocanos and the other ethnicities of the province in mind. It was designed to imprint among the younger generation the sense of pride for their roots.

Through the display of the rich heritage of Ilocos, it aims to impart among the youth the knowledge and legacy of their ancestry and speak to them of the importance of their culture and how they can put to everyday life their values as a community.

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