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National Museum to open in Davao City in October

THE P300-MILLION, five-story, National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) in Davao City is set to open in October in time for the Museums and Galleries Month. 

Jason Arceo, Museo Dabawenyo head, said the durian-inspired structure, Mindanao’s iconic fruit  NMP building’s three phases, were already completed in terms of the building’s construction. 

Ang division is naa na sa planning and research para sa ilang mga kailangan isulod (in the museum),” Arceo said. 

Arceo said during their meeting two weeks ago, they were informed that the NMP building was supposed to open in August this year in time for Kadayawan but was moved to October to ensure its full operations. 

The NMP building was turned over to the local government units (LGUs) last November 2023. 

He added the fifth floor of the building will be operated and managed by LGUs, as the Museo Dabawenyo will also be exhibited on the same floor. 

As of now, divisions from the national museum have been conducting research in different areas of Davao City, particularly in Marilog and Calinan, as well as across the region, for the additional planning of what artifacts and artworks are to be featured in the museum, the official said.

He also said the national museum will be free of charge. 

Arceo also urged Davaoeños to take time to visit Museo Dabawenyo located in Juna Subdivision while the NMP is not yet open. 

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