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The Davao Museum: Davao’s Little Cultural Gem

The Davao Museum

During our recent Davao Fam Tour courtesy of Marco Polo Hotel Davao, one of the places we visited was The Davao Museum. I cant count how many times I’ve been to Davao City but it was actually my first time visiting this Museum, In fact I didn’t know that there was such until our recent visit.

The Davao Museum Entrance
The Davao Museum of History and Ethnography Entrance

Davao features a good many tourist attractions. You can easily spend a week and still have more to see. Aside from going to the beach, trying out water sports, and shopping for durian, I suggest you include this Museum on your itinerary to learn more about your country’s own ethnography and history.

Filipiniana Dress inside Davao Museum
Filipiniana Dress inside Davao Museum

The Davao Museum holds hundreds of artifacts and artwork created by ethnic groups in this region. Through this museum, Davaoenos and all Filipinos are able to preserve and protect remnants of their important historical heritage.

Hunting and Self Defense tools of Mindanao Tribes
Hunting and Self Defense tools of Mindanao Tribes

Through these priceless historical items, we are able to learn about the arts and culture of our ancestors that have shaped everyone’s cultural identity today, especially the culture of indigenous people.

Here are some interesting exhibits you can find there:

  • A giant clam (a fossilized taklobo) found in Samal Island’s Pearl Farm Beach
  • A chronological timeline showcasing Davao’s long and rich history starting from the first settlers to current events
  • A replica of a Bagobo house that is made from rattan, bamboo, and other natural materials. A typical Bagobo house has plenty of features such as separate sleeping quarters for single women, weaving areas for women and blacksmith stations for the men.
  • A diorama of a Bagobo thanksgiving festival (Ginum) that involves their indigenous wine, the balaba, and indigenous people playing musical instruments of their time.
  • Other dioramas of typical day to day life for bagobos, including weaving, and even a healing ritual done by the women to cure different illnesses.

Weaving Tribes of Mindanao
Weaving Tribes of Mindanao

You can catch these sights and plenty more if you pay the Davao Museum a visit.

Traditional Dance from Mindanao

Traditional Dance from Mindanao

A project by the Filipinas Foundation (now the Ayala Foundation) and the Zonta Club back in the 70s, the Davao Museum of History and Ethnography has now grown to be one of the best places to learn about Southern Mindanao’s rich history, culture, and ethnography.

Travel Writers and Bloggers at Davao Museum
Travel Writers and Bloggers at The Davao Museum

The next time you find yourself in the city, make sure you take the time to take a tour and include Davao Museum on your itinerary.

The Davao Museum of History and Ethnography
Address: Zonta Building, 113 Agusan Circle, Insular Village 1, Lanang, Davao City
Phone: (082) 233 1734

Museum Hours:
Monday – Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Closed on Sundays and Holidays but Open for Special Arrangements

Entrance Rates:
Adults – P100.00
Senior Citizens – P80.00 Students – P20.00
Senior citizens and students must present their valid IDs.

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Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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