I was looking for a place to go to during my husband’s short trip to Manila when a friend posted some pictures of her visit to “Art In Island”. The photos she had at this 3D Art Museum with her baby girl were so amazing that I couldn’t help but want to go ASAP. So the morning after my hubby landed in Manila, we headed out to visit this rare Quezon City-based gem (these kinds of places are usually South of Metro Manila, or somewhere very, very far!).
The entrance fee was P500 for every adult and free for my 17-month-old. When we entered the very cool building (referring to both the place and its actual temperature then) we were asked to take off our shoes and to leave it with the guy at the counter. He was supposed to give us a card with a number on it (but forgot). Fortunately, he still remembered us when we exited. He also informed us that none of us were allowed to drink any form of beverage during our trip around the museum because, in the case of spillage, people might not recognize it as actual spill and slip on it. Later on, during our walk around the museum, I actually saw fake water on the ground and instantly recalled the staff’s warning.
The floor was a bit cold at the time, and so I made my little girl wear socks while we were there. I was worried that she might slip since she seemed to be trying to run the whole time we were there, but fortunately, nothing of the sort happened. She was so happy, screaming like a mad scientist the whole time we were there!
Posing for photos was fun! We initially struggled with taking pictures and couldn’t find the best spot to take the pictures from. Probably thanks to my daughter’s excited screams an attendant with a cool camera came over and offered to help take our pictures. The nicer pictures you see were probably taken by her, the funnier-looking ones by me. Later on, though I noticed little round stickers on the floor with something like “Take Photo Here” on it. Each round sticker had an arrow on it pointing to a particular 3D painting. That was when I realized that the museum put those little stickers on the floor to help us take better pictures!
Sadly though we needed to leave soon because we had a lunch appointment. We asked for the exit and an attendant told us to take the stairs down to the ground floor. We did so then got our shoes and slippers back and then headed out. Due to our limited time, we had to skip a few parts of the museum. I guess this means we’ll have to go back on our next trip. 🙂
Some additional thoughts:
1. IMO, the price is a steal for what the place has to offer.
2. This place is not just for kids. It’s for the whole family to enjoy. After visiting this place I found myself thinking, “if only they had this kind of place in my area in Korea!”
3. The place was very clean, well-maintained, and there was staff EVERYWHERE to help us and everyone else take pictures.
4. Not sure from what angles to take pictures from? Have no fear! Look for the little stickers on the ground, stand on it and picture away!
5. Free wifi! The museum simply asks its customers to upload one of their pictures with a painting on their Facebook page (from what I recall anyway).
6. It’s in Quezon City! That’s a big PLUS for me!
7. Slipper socks cost P150, for those who forget their socks!
8. (2017 update:) They now have monthly art markets monthly! (More on their Facebook page.)
Ugh. Tourists to Manila: DO NOT miss this place! It needs to be part of your itinerary! It is number one of top things to do in Quezon City for 2017 and #8 of 361 things to do in Metro Manila via Trip Advisor.
My sister went awhile back and allowed me to post some of her pictures there. Here they are, thanks J! ^^
Art is Island entrance fees are free for kids under 3 feet, P400 for kids above 3 feet, for students, for senior citizens and for PWDs and is P500 for adults. Some of their promos include Birthday Promos, Group Promos and even private company employees promo. For more information on the first two, please click here.
Art in Island is open from Tuesdays thru Sundays, 9:30AM-9:30PM. It is located at **175 15th Ave., Brgy. Socorro, Cubao, Quezon City and can be reached at 421-13-56. For more information, please click here for their Facebook page.
This post was first published on March 2015 and updated on July, 2017.