IN PHOTOS: The new look of Ayala Museum 2
The new lobby covers what used to be the passageway in between Ayala Museum and the old M Café.

IN PHOTOS: After more than two years of renovation, Ayala Museum reopens with a new look

The makeover, however, went beyond facade and interiors.
ANCX Staff | Dec 03 2021

After two and a half years, the Ayala Museum and Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) will once more open their doors to the public beginning Saturday, December 4.

The museum boasts of an inviting new lobby envisioned by Tokyo, Japan-based Taku Shimizu who is known for projects such as the Tokyo Midtown Galleria, Sapporo Mitsui JP Building, and the Bonifacio High Street Central. The renovation was spearheaded once again by Leandro V Locsin Partners.

Ayala Museum
The main lobby.

The new lobby covers what used to be the passageway in between Ayala Museum and the old M Café. Now with its high ceilings, the space gives off a distinctive Asian aesthetic as suggested by the use of wooden slats across the lobby space.

Ayala Museum
The MuseumShop has been relocated to the lobby to give easier access to guests.

With the concept of a borrowed landscape, the movable walls at the rear entrance of the museum can be opened, bringing it closer to Greenbelt and its environs. This is a practical pandemic response to ensure the safety of its guests, says a museum statement. The souvenir shop, or the MuseumShop, has also been relocated to the lobby to give easier access to guests. 

Ayala Museum
The main lobby the space gives off a distinctive Asian aesthetic as suggested by the use of wooden slats across the lobby space.

A total of five new exhibitions will be unveiled at the soft opening of the new Ayala Museum along with the new Ayala Museum website and the upcoming Ayala Museum app. These guarantee a treasure trove of stories that promises to stir the public’s curiosity about what is uniquely Filipino.

Ayala Museum Digital Gallery
The Digital Gallery located at Ayala Museum’s new lobby.
Ayala Museum
The country's very first digital library is at Ayala Museum.

The exhibition “Intertwined: Transpacific, Transcultural Philippines” is a fitting follow-through to this year’s quincentennial celebration. It explores the resulting cultures brought about by man’s ability to circumnavigate the world with over 240 carefully curated objects and artworks.

Fernando Zobel Gallery
The Fernando Zobel Gallery, a new dedicated gallery in honor of artist Fernando Zobel who envisioned Ayala Museum

A new dedicated gallery in honor of artist Fernando Zobel who envisioned Ayala Museum will be unveiled with the exhibition “Landscape into Painting: Fernando Zobel Serie Blanca.”

Fernando Zobel Gallery
The Fernando Zobel Gallery.

As an art and history museum, the Orientations Gallery showcases a display of tangible objects from the Ayala Museum collections. It features the wealth and diversity of Filipino culture and peoples in years past.

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Orientations Gallery showcasing the Ayala Museum's varied collection.
Ayala Museum
Orientations Gallery

Finally, for the first time ever in the Philippines, guests will encounter the Digital Gallery located also in the museum’s new lobby. Made up of eight sprawling screens, the gallery enables visitors to digitally explore objects from the museum and library collections and engage in interactive and up-close conversations with art and history.

Diorama Experience
The Diorama Experience

The museum also offers a new and refreshed Diorama Experience, which is an exhibition mainstay.

The rest of the Ayala Museum galleries will be unveiled by the first half of 2022.

Filipinas Heritage Library
The Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) is at the sixth floor of Ayala Museum.
Filipinas Heritage Library
Filipinas Heritage Library 

To broaden the appeal of art and culture by making it more accessible, Ayala Museum and Filipinas Heritage Library have adopted the omnichannel approach. Omnichannel is a term derived from retail to describe a visitor-centric approach to ensure customers what they want, when they want it, and how they want it. 

Filipinas Heritage Library
Filipinas Heritage Library’s new look.

According to the museum, the move was planned pre-pandemic but the decision to go omnichannel has proven timely with audiences now comfortable being online. As such, everything in the newly renovated Ayala Museum will be networked. Multiple channels are digitally connected so one can move seamlessly between them. This will enable Filipinos here and abroad to readily access Philippine art and culture 24/7. The onsite exhibitions will be supported by exclusive content that enriches the viewer’s understanding through the upcoming Ayala Museum app.

Ayala Museum
The MuseumShop

Users may visit the newly revamped Ayala Museum to book visits; participate in workshops, conferences, concerts and performances; access the Ayala Museum collection online; visit new exhibitions; explore learning resources; and link up with the stand alone FHL website.

The new Ayala Museum facade
The new Ayala Museum facade

All guests who will visit Ayala Museum are required to pre-book their visit online and show proof of vaccination upon entry. To book tickets and to know other visitation guidelines, visit ayalamuseum.org and filipinaslibrary.org.ph.