Information about Museum of Philippine Social History
Museum of Philippine Social History
The Museum of Philippine Social History or “Museo ng Kasaysayan ng Panlipunan ng Pilipinas” is situated inside the Pamintuan Mansion in Angeles City, Pampanga. Housing several exhibits about Filipino's social history, it gives visitors a glimpse of life back in the day and how time has changed over the years.
The Pamintuan Mansion was constructed in 1890 by Mariano Pamintuan and Valentina Torress, one of Pampanga's prominent families at the time, as a wedding gift for their son Florentino. The mansion also served as the seat of the Philippine republic in May 1899 and was the site for the celebration of the first anniversary of the declaration of Philippine Independence.
In 1964, the Pamintuan kin sold the mansion to Pedro Tablante, who decided to lease the property to the government. After the lease in 1981, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas used the mansion as its regional office from 1993 to 2009. By 2010, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines acquired the mansion.
At present, Museum of Philippine Social History houses several galleries showcasing the Filipino culture such as local fashion, Philippine culinary, architecture, Filipino games, music, and Philippine mythological creatures, among others. Galleries also present the history of the Pamintuan mansion to present.
Tourists can also enjoy audio-visual room where you can watch an educational video that introduces the museum, gallery, public programs. The same room serves as lecture rooms. The museum also provides visitors electronic tablets that inform tourists about the Philippine history, Filipino houses, furniture and music in its e-learning room.
Aside from the exhibits inside the museum, the structure itself is also a sight to see. It was mainly built by steel and expensive materials that are personalized with intricate details to depict Pamintuan family’s wealth. It also houses antique pieces. The two-story museum was deemed as the highest structure in Angeles City and you can even view Mt. Arayat as well as the rest of the city from its rooftop area.
Best time to visit
The museum is open all-year-round, making it a great destination for travelers during any season. You can visit from Tuesday to Sunday starting at 8 AM. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, it closes at 5 PM and closes an hour earlier every Friday and Sunday.