As the Philippines’ oldest province and home of the world-renowned Boracay Island, the
province of Aklan has its own story to tell, and you can view it all at Museo It Akean.
History and Location
Built in 1882 by the Spanish officials, the museum was intended to be a school house
for the locals and nearby towns. It was formerly called as ‘Escuelahan It Hari’ (School of
the King) and used in various means such as an auditorium and warehouse.
Museo It Akean (Museum of Aklan) originated from the term ‘akean’ meaning ‘warbling
of the water.’ It was also inspired with the nearby Aklan River, the longest river in the
Situated at Kalibo town (near the Kalibo Cathedral and Pastrana Park), the museum is
worth the visit with its Php 15 entrance fee and 30-minute commute time from the city. It
provides a good starting point for travelers to know about Aklan and be acquainted with
the local origins.
All About Aklan at Museo It Akean
The Museo It Akean showcases Aklan’s culture, heritage, and notable stories of the
people through a collection of age-old and timeless architecture, artifacts, and
Some of the prominent attractions inside the museum include the Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan
festival figurines, talibong (traditional sword; Aklanons are known to be exceptional
sword crafters) replicas, 12 th century jars, 18 th and 19 th century water heaters and
pitchers, bust sculpture of Dr. Jose Rizal in 1943, and memento of Godofredo P. Ramos
(the father of Aklan).
There are also imported artifacts and pineapple weaved-traditional Philippine clothing
as Aklan is known to be a main manufacturer and exporter of pineapple. In the 18 th
century, Kalibo was placed at the center of this industry, with pineapple cloth being
given as a gift to European royalties.