“The ecclesiastical museum showcases of ecclesiastical, liturgical and other antique items of the church……”
The Archdiocesan Museum of Manila was set up in 1987. it is adjacent to the Archdiocesan Archives office, occupying a 350 square meter area in the 3rd floor of the Arzobispado Building in Intramuros, Manila. The museum was set up by His Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin. The theme is: History of the Catholic Church in the Philippines. The ecclesiastical museum showcases of ecclesiastical, liturgical and other antique items of the church.
The first director of the museum was Msgr. Jose Abriol, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Manila. The initial displays of the museum were from the personal collection of Msgr. Abriol and church treasures from the Archdiocese of Manila which were originally kept in a vault in a bank. There were gifts from royalties and Spanish personalities. He also purchased other antique and religious artifacts with the help of the Basilica of Black Nazarene in Quiapo. In 1989, more than 100 pieces of various objects are already included in the collection.
Rev. Fr. Ruperto Santos in 1993 was appointed as Assistant Director of the Museum and initiated the documentation of collections and developed the theme, Philippine Church History as the permanent exhibit of the Museum. The theme was prepared for the quadricentennial celebration of the Archdiocese of Manila in 1995. The museum was also graced bu His Holiness Pope John Paul II at that time.
The short term of Rev. Fr. Jose Peregrino Tomas in 1998 as Director of Archdiocesan Archives and Museum also contributed greatly to the re-organizing of the collections. Today, Fr. Albert Flores is the Director of the Museum.
To get to the museum, walk from Kalaw St. to Ma. Orosa or Mabini Sts and hail a jeepney bound for the pier. Get off at the Bonifacio Drive intersection and walk along Aduana St and turn towards Arzobispo Street. The museum is just five minutes away from Aduana Street. It will be good to contact Fr. Albert Flores ahead through 527-7631 to 36 local 204 or 527-5838 especially if you are going as a big group.