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Located in the commercial street named Rizal Avenue in Puerto Princesa City, The Palawan Museum is a cluster of centers that serve as a repository of artifacts, murals, relics, and other anthropological structures that hold deep historical and cultural significance, especially those that speak of Palawan’s rich resources and historic legacy. While it houses articles from many centuries ago, the museum’s collection continuously grows as more references are found and added that enrich Palawan’s heritage. It has two massive floors and also features a library.
Before it became an actual museum, the Palawan Museum used to be an excavation and research station. It was in 1991 that the Palawan Museum was officially erected to become a center of historic, cultural, and anthropological finds and information.
Palawan is often regarded as the Philippines’ “Last Frontier” because of its ecological importance and diverse flora and fauna but it also does not lack historical legacy. Several important and profound discoveries were made in Palawan including the famous Tabon Man, the oldest known human skeletal remains in the Philippines found in Tabon Cave, Lipuun Point, Quezon, Palawan and is dated to be from 22,000 years ago; and the Manunggul Jar, a burial jar featuring a design of dead persons on its voyage to the afterlife found also in Lipuun Point.
Information on all these discoveries, alongside many other artifacts like pots, jewelry, and musical instruments, are showcased in the Palawan Museum. While the original Manunggul Jar is housed in the National Museum, a replica can be found in Palawan’s own museum. Images and paintings featuring Palawan’s tribes and people are also found here.
The Palawan Museum also has its own library that features a wide collection of rare and hard-to-find books and reading materials on archeology, history, culture, ethnology, and anthropology about Palawan, the Philippines, and even other parts of the world.