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People’s Museum & Library: Getting to Know Nueva Vizcaya’s Vibrant Past

People’s Museum & Library: Getting to Know Nueva Vizcaya’s Vibrant Past

I have always loved museums basically because I am an old soul. I firmly believe that you can only know if you like a certain place or not once you get to know its soul.

I did not know what to actually expect when my friend Journeying Pinay and I went to pay this province a visit courtesy of the Provincial Tourism Office. But it was apt that our first stop was at the People’s Museum and Library.

The present museum is housed in the former seat of the Provincial Government of Nueva Vizcaya and has been declared an Important Cultural Property by the National Museum. The well-maintained two-storey building proudly houses historical, ethnographic and culturally important artifacts which I have learned that some were donated or temporarily lent by its private owners. It is just across St. Dominic Church.

The first floor houses the lobby and art gallery as well as an audio-visual presentation room. Too bad that there was no electricity when we visited because I was wondering what the presentation was like. Nevertheless, the local tourism office toured us around and further explained what visitors can expect to see in their museum.

The museum has an impressive collection. I actually noticed that it has this certain professional touch which I find lacking in other town museums. I later learned that the local government seeked assistance from the NCCA on how to build and present this museum. It was the perfect move. And look what came out of that decision.

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The museum’s collection comprises of (1) Agriculture & Rituals, (2) Accessories & Weaponry, (3) Weaving & Textiles, (4) The Ilocano Collection, (5) Ecclesiastical and (6) World War II.

The art gallery proudly houses local artists’ works. This is very encouraging as the local people and guests, specially the younger generations, will get to appreciate art. Some of these beautiful pieces are on sale by the way. It might be the perfect souvenir you are looking to take home with you!

Me and my friend Hazel posing at the art gallery.
I was eyeing that cat painting by the way! haha! 🙂
Our special thanks to the local tourism office with Ms. Jane Arcega, led by Mrs. Marichell Costales (Supervising Tourism Operations Officer) and the rest of the team and staff.

Visiting this museum was one an eye-opener for us. We were amazed that this province’s culture and heritage is as colorful as its intricately woven textiles. The museum is compact but it provides a plethora of information – a great way for the province to introduce itself to the rest of the world.

What to Know

Admission is Free!
Museum Hours: Monday to Sunday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Guided school and group tours available by appointment
Museum guide is free of charge

Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya 3700
(078) 321.2609 / (078) 392.0996 / (0917.102.5409

FB: Nueva Vizcaya Tourism

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