Location: Tuba, Benguet
Duration: At least 4 hours
Operating hours: Tuesdays-Sundays 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Strictly No food inside
Website: BenCab Museum Website
Tel /Fax: (+63 74) 442 7165
Tired of the mainstream tourist destinations in Baguio? Let me take you to an unusual tour that would let you be one with contemporary arts and the nature as well. In a remote area in Tuba, Benguet, there is a museum owned by a Master of Philippine Contemporary/Modern art, the BenCab Museum. The home of our National artist Benedicto Reyes Cabrera’s works.
I have been in-love with museums ever since I was a kid, that’s why up until now I still go and visit some of them and BenCab museum is on my list. BenCab museum is in my opinion contains both classical and contemporary art.
Normal rate: Php 120.00
Students: Php 100.00 (w/ Student ID)
Senior Citizens / PWD: Php80 (w/ Senior/PWD ID)
During holidays there would be a lot of visitors touring the galleries, so I would suggest to go there early in the morning to avoid the rush on both the galleries and the restaurant/cafe. This is the same as Pinto art Museum that you’ll have to take a lot of stairs to go around the galleries and the garden. I would recommend the Eco-trail tour, we weren’t lucky enough to avail it, because the fog went up very fast by the time we reached the last floor. So we ended up touring only the galleries.
Stairs going back to the Entrance
Don’t worry you won’t get hungry nor thirsty, by the time you reach the last floor, there is Café Sabel, but since a lot of people do come there at BenCab, the cafe is usually jam packed. We won’t be able to review the said cafe, since we weren’t able to try their food, but I’m guessing that it’s good, since a lot of people do eat and enjoy having talks there. If ever there would be lots of people at the cafe, we would recommend Cafe by the Ruins Dua for a more uncrowded alternative.
Dos and Don’ts in the Museum:
1. Please do not touch the artworks. We saw lots of kids touching the artworks. We do understand though that they’re just kids, but I hope at an early they would learn to respect the artworks.
2. Have an open mind. Art is pretty much an artist’s way of expressing himself/herself. Some might be offensive, so viewer’s discretion is advised.
3. Respect for other visitors. I saw someone spitting from the second floor veranda. Please have some respect.
4. Outside food and drinks are not permitted in the Museum. So don’t buy “strawberry taho” before going inside.
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People taking photos at the garden
Why go to La Trinidad if you can see Strawberry crops here
My friend enjoying some Instagram moments
Less than an hour, after going up. The garden has almost zero visibility
Granary Gods on Wall
Classic French postcards from the Philippines
Some of the contemporary arts they have
How to get there?
15-minute drive from Baguio City center.
Jeep to Asin from jeepney terminal near Baguio market.
Hire a Taxi/Cab. It’s very cheap there in Baguio (Flat rate: Php 35.00)
Wanting for some good souvenirs that is not expensive? Not so far from BenCab Museum there is a whole street that is dedicated to selling their own woodcraft creation. Some maybe cheap some are still expensive, please be reasonable on buying these, since they are people’s artistic genius’s products.
So are you planning on going on a road trip to Baguio with your friends or maybe by yourself any time soon? I would recommend going to BenCab Museum and appreciate contemporary art and the nature around it.
Have you been to BenCab? What do you think of the museum? Would you like to go back there again? Please leave your comments below.