BenCab Museum: House of Cordillera Art

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There are a lot of tourist attractions outside Baguio City and one of which is BenCab Museum located in Tuba, Benguet. This art gallery houses myriad of contemporary Filipino Art which gives value to the cultural heritage of the Cordillera. Let me share with you our experience and review, and how to get to in this beautiful museum. (Post updated: May 14, 2019)

Going Beyond the City and My Love for Museums

Many travelers love to visit Baguio City and its accessibility to a number of tourist destinations is truly inviting. My love for museums started when I visited Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo City a few years back. I’m just fond of learning new things especially about the history of a certain region and the story behind every artwork. Before our short vacation, I didn’t know that there’s also a museum in Baguio City. I never heard of BenCab Museum before which sparked interest the first time I knew it. Nevertheless, we included BenCab Museum in our itinerary and bolted down to Asin Road in Tuba, Benguet.

How to Go to BenCab Museum

BenCab Museum is located in Km 6 Asin Road, Tadiangan, Tuba, Benguet. Visiting this tourist spot is easy and I recommend two ways in traveling to this museum. Here’s the map for reference:

Private Vehicle

If you have a private vehicle, I recommend Google Maps for navigation. Just key in your destination, which is BenCab Museum, and follow the directions. You need a stable internet connection though in order to use the app. Otherwise, you can also download a section of the map for you to use the app offline.

Via Jeep or Public Transportation

Our team used this method. We went to the terminal in Kayang Street and took a jeep going to Asin Road. The Jeepney Terminal is located at the west side of Baguio City Hall. The fare costs around PHP 13 and the ride only took around 30 minutes. We alighted at the Jeepney Terminal in Asin Road and walked a few meters going to the museum.

On the other hand, you can also take a cab but expect the fare will be costlier than the jeep.

Basic Information about BenCab Museum
  • The museum is open every Tuesdays to Sundays from 0900H to 1800H. It is close every Mondays and Christmas and New Year’s day.
  • The entrance ticket costs PHP 120. Discounted prices are also available for students with valid school ID (PHP 100 per head), senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PHP 80 per head).
  • You can request for a guided tour at the reception area.
  • Outside food and drinks are not allowed inside the museum’s premises. You can have some refreshments or a meal in their own cafe located at the bottom floor of the museum.
  • Still photography are allowed but flash is not permitted as well as video recording.

BenCab Museum: Experience and Review

Photo of BenCab Museum

The large signage of BenCab Museum greeted us when we arrived at the place. Mr. Benedicto “BenCab” Cabrera, a National Artist in the Philippines, founded this museum and he works in the art industry for four decades. He is the Master of Filipino Contemporary Arts. This museum not just showcases different kinds of art, but also has the will to preserve the environment and the cultural heritage of the Cordillera.

Picture of an Artwork at the Entrance of BenCab Museum

At the Lobby

We noticed a group portrait of Cordillera People displayed at the main hall of the museum. The painting simply reflects their characteristics based from their sun-kissed skin and facial features. The people of Cordillera were warriors during the time of Spanish colonialism.

We paid for the entrance ticket in this location and it only costs PHP 150 (USD 2.88) per visitor. The proceeds from the tickets will be donated to their own foundation which is beneficial to the community it serves. After paying for the ticket, we sauntered towards the heart of the museum.

Picture of White clean hallway of Bencab Museum

Exploring the Galleries

BenCab Museum seats on a promontory and offers amazing views of wide rain forests and mountain slopes. The galleries and hallways are clean and its high-altitude location provides cool ventilation. The museum is divided to a number of specific galleries. Most artworks in this museum are created by BenCab but there’s also some art pieces contributed from different artists.

Picture of Artworks displayed in BenCab Museum

The Cordillera Gallery

An example of the galleries we visited is the Cordillera Gallery. This section highlights the native items and tools indigenous to the people of Cordillera. Different paintings and murals also decorate this area.

Picture of paintings and artworks in bencab museum

Photo of a visitor viewing the paintings in BenCab Museum

Photo of small paintings at the Maestro Gallery of Bencab museum

The Maestro Gallery

Photo of a woman posing on a painting at Bencab Museum

Photo of Paintings on the wall inside Maestro Gallery in BenCab Museum

Picture of a Visitor in BenCab Museum at the mountain view window

Photo of Sculptures and statues on the main lobby of BenCab Museum

Photo of Statues and sculptures displayed in BenCab Museum

We explored BenCab Museum easily because of its organized arrangements. Touring around the place is also relaxing because of its cool and quiet environment. This museum truly helped us learned about the culture and heritage of the people it represents.

At the Heavenly Balcony

I found this place somehow similar to Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo City. Likewise, Pinto Art Museum is also located on a mountaintop and its structures and buildings are comparable. On the other hand, BenCab Museum is quite different because of its location highlighting the forest and mountains. The museum is around three-storeys in height and each floors has a balcony which enabled to appreciate the wonders of nature. The clouds were touching us when we visited BenCab Museum. It is magical. It’s like nature’s way of covering the mountains and forests into something heavenly.

Photo of Misty mountain view at BenCab Museum

At the Balcony of BenCab Museum.

Picture of Balcony in BenCab Museum

Photo at the balcony of BenCab Museum viewing the mountains

In Conclusion

We enjoyed our visit in BenCab Museum. The beautiful artworks and the breathtaking views are memorable which makes this art gallery unique among the others in the country. The museum also has a cafe located at the ground floor in case you get famished. For now, I highly recommend visiting this museum. Appreciate and support Filipino arts and learn more about the culture and heritage of the Cordilleras at BenCab Museum.

For further details about BenCab Museum, you can visit their website at http://www.bencabmuseum.org/

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  • I would love to visit a museum like this, on top of a mountain. I like to explore art, even if I don’t really understand it sometimes, but it does make you open your mind and think about what the artist must have felt to create it. I think I have seen some similar exhibitions in London, in a temporary gallery at the British Museum. It was really beautiful

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  • Sandy N Vyjay
    July 19, 2017 1:50 PM

    Have always found museums to be fascinating, all kinds of museums. Art, Science, History, all subjects equally interesting. The Bencab museum is indeed a window to the history and culture of the place. A great way to have an immersive experience of the place.

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  • Ben Cab museum is a testament of the rich culture in the cordillera region. I am very much fascinated how cordillera has been home to a lot of our great artists. Definitely worth a visit.

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  • Bencab is one of the places that I recommend to friends when going to Baguio. I do think it’s important what this museum plays in preserving the Igorot culture. I was with a group when I went there and my companions went on a guided tour, I preferred going off on my own though. It’s amazing that photo with the view of the clouds. Wish I’d been Bencab in that kind of weather condition.

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  • I m not usually a museum lover. But the variety of artifacts and the paintings at Bencab museum intrigue me. I love the way the exhibits are displayed in a clutter-free way in the minimal surroundings. It is interesting to know that most of the art pieces are made by one person.

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  • This museum is truly one of a kind, aside from its located near Baguio City, it also owns a beautiful art crafts. I haven’t heard about this Musuem yet and I’ll surely pen this on my bucket list. I once have visited Baguio City and I’ll include this on my next visit, at least I have another reason to visit Baguio again.

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  • I love all things art! Bencab museum certainly seems like a place I would definitely love to check out.

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  • I love visiting museums when i visit a new place. Helps me get to know about the culture in the quickest manner possible. Thanks for an informative post. Bencab Museum looks like a treasure of culture and heritage! Out of all the modes of travel to the Bencab museum, I would love to try out a Jeepney. I have heard so much about it!

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    • If you’re going to visit the Philippines you should really try riding a jeep. It’s our common form of transportation here and it’s all part of our culture 🙂

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  • I like visiting museums in general since they help you get acquainted with the culture and history of the place. I particularly like the house of modern art for the concept that it’s trying to tell – preserving the environment and the lifestyle of it’s tribes by making visitors acquainted with it in the first place. Really appreciate that!

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