ICYDK, You Can Rent the National Museum for Events and Photoshoots

If you've got the budget, then why not?
by | March 13, 2023

ICYMI, a wedding held on March 4 at the National Museum created quite a stir online. With the mixed reactions drawn from netizens, it seems that holding events at the National Museum is a lesser-known fact among Pinoys. If you’ve got the budget and patience for the application process, would you do the same?

In case you’re wondering how you can make the museum’s stunning interiors the venue for your celebrations, events, or photoshoots, here’s how to do it:


Which venues can you rent?

Surprisingly, there are plenty of options you can choose from:

National Museum of Fine Arts
  • Auditorium
  • Sergio Osmeña Function Hall
  • Claro M. Recto Function Hall
National Museum of Anthropology
  • Marble Hall
  • Courtyard
  • Ayala Room
  • Reception Hall
National Museum of Natural History
  • The Shell Philippines Centennial Courtyard (Upper and Lower)
  • Hyundai Philippines Entrance Hall (Marble Hall)
  • North Function Hall
  • BDO East Function Hall
  • BDO South Function Hall
  • The Statue of the Sentinel of Freedom (Lapulapu Monument)
  • Binhi ng Kalayaan

Regional, Area, Site Museums, and Satellite Offices may also be rented for events.

Download the Venue Rental application form here.


How to Book a Venue at the National Museum

According to the December 2022 guidelines shared on the website, here’s how you can book a venue:

  • Submit a letter addressed to the Head of the Agency Director-General Jeremy R. Barnes 30 days before the event.
  • Along with a project brief, the letter should state the objective/s of the request. This letter is subject to review, assessment, and approval of the Director-General.
  • Upon approval, the application and guidelines agreement forms shall be submitted to Museum Services Division (MSD).
  • A client coordination meeting will be set by the MSD upon submission of the forms.
  • An event Floor Plan shall be submitted to the Director-General for approval.
  • Secure a notarized Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) two weeks before the event, which is also subject to review and approval of the NMP Legal Office.
  • The applicable fee shall be paid in full to NMP’s Cash Section in cash or online bank transfer one week before the event.
    • Details for bank transfer payment:

Account Name: National Museum Income
Fund Account Number: 0012-1184-30
Servicing Bank: Landbank of the Philippines – Intramuros Branch

  • The Official Receipt shall be issued two days after the submission of the original Deposit Slip or receipt of the Transfer Confirmation E-mail from the bank.
  • Clients may also pay through Manager’s Check, Cashier’s Check or Money Order to the National Museum Income Fund and Modified Disbursement System (MDS) Check or LDDAP-ADA (for government transactions), payable after the event.

Visit this page to view the guidelines in full text.

For the guidelines for pre-nuptial, pre-debut, and location shoots, visit this page.


How much will it cost you?

In an interview, Director-General Jeremy Barnes stated it’ll cost between PHP 50,000 to 100,000. This fee only includes ingress and egress charges, and does not include other costs such as fees for security and janitorial services, as well as other operational expenses.

Find more information regarding the National Museum’s services on the official website.


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When she’s not writing, Ina’s busy curating playlists that will save her when words don’t work, reading, annoying her cat, or thinking of her next meal.

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