I once saw the Bencab Museum being featured on national television. I found it interesting. I’ve been to different museums in the country. So, I wondered, what’s going to be different in this museum?
Just in time we visited Baguio City, we thought we should check out the Bencab Museum and explore. We “googled” the place and here’s the map we found:
By the way, we stayed at CityLight Hotel. It was a nice hotel. They have buffet breakfast in the mornings. The rooms that we took during our stay had no AC. I think it was okay because the place was already cold. During the time of our visit, it was around 10 Degrees Celsius. You may request for a room that has an AC for more convenience.
The museum’s location is a little farther from the city as compared to what we expected. Via private car, it was more or less 20-30 minutes drive from Baguio City. There was a moderate traffic along the way while we were driving out from the heart of the city. It was easier when we were halfway there because there was less traffic. Although the road had a lot of twists and turns.
If you would like to go to the museum via public transport, you may get a taxi to make the travel experience easier. Just tell the driver you want to go to Bencab Museum. The downside of riding a taxi or public transport is that, you might find it hard to go back to your hotel right away because you must wait/look for a ride outside of the museum.
Taxi fare has a base rate of 35Php and then they charge 2.50 to 3.50 per minute thereafter. Don’t worry, taxi drivers in Baguio City are honest. They give your change up to the last peso. Moreover, they don’t choose passengers. They are generally polite.
If you prefer a cheaper way in going to the museum, you have an option to ride a jeep. First, you have to go to the jeepney terminal near Baguio market and look for a sign board that says to “Asin”.
Jeepney fares usually starts from 8Php. Tip: Ask your seat mate nicely how much is the “pamasahe” (fare).
When we got to the museum, I noted that there were a number (almost a lot) of people in the museum during that time. Don’t worry though. They will give you a guide on how to roam around the museum.
The Bencab Museum in Baguio City features a wide array of crafts. It features different works of Filipino artists as well as some foreign artworks. Upon research, “the BenCab Museum is a project of the BenCab Art Foundation, a non-stock organization that supports activities related to the arts and environment“.
It took us less than an hour to roam around the place and check on the displays. Considering that we arrived past 5:00 PM, we only have an hour to see the entire museum. They have to close at 6:00 in the evening.
After roaming around, we saw the cafe below on the ground floor of the museum. If you are hungry, thirsty or simply just want to have some coffee, there’s Cafe Sabel on the building. Cafe Sabel is a nice cafe with a beautiful view of lush greens and a duck pond.
The cafe’s signature coffee blend named as Bencab’s Brew, is also sourced from coffee trees on the farm. Cafe Sabel’s operating hours is the same with that of the museum. They open from 9:00 in the morning and closes at 6:00 in the evening.
Bencab’s hours of operation:
Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. They allow visitors to get in until 5:30 PM.
They are close on Mondays, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Here’s another map to guide you to the museum courtesy of Bencab Museum
Admission to the Museum:
General admission – Php120
Students with valid school ID – Php100
Seniors/ PWD with valid IDs – Php80
Special rates for student & organized groups with minimum of 30 guests
EcoTrail tour – same as above
To learn more about Bencab Museum, please visit their website here: http://www.bencabmuseum.org/