Information about Museo Sugbo
Museo Sugbo in Cebu City is the province’s provincial museum. The museum gets its name from the name of Cebu City before it was colonized by the Spanish. The building used to be the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (the provincial jail) from the 1870s to 2004.
The original structure was designed in 1869 and was originally intended to be the main prison for the whole Visayas region, which explains its massive size. It is believed that some of the coral blocks used to build the prison were from the demolished Parian church.
Now, the coral-stone walls house 14 galleries with artifacts and memorabilia from the history of the province and the Philippines. These galleries will allow you to learn about Cebu during the Pre-Colonial Era, the Spanish Period, the American Colonial Era, and the Post-War Period.
The museum is also home to a gift shop where visitors can buy handcrafted items and museum merchandise.
Tickets and entry
There is a minimal entrance fee of less than P100 per person. Locals, students, and senior citizens can get a discount.
Best time to visit
Since the galleries are indoors, you may visit the museum any time of the year, except for weekends and holidays. Note that the museum hours are from 10 AM to 3 PM only, so don’t come too late in the afternoon so you have more time to explore the galleries.