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After over two years of being temporarily closed for its renovations as well as in accordance with the earlier COVID-19 restrictions, museum-goers and art enthusiasts will be able to finally go back to the esteemed arts, culture, and heritage institution

The Ayala Foundation has just announced the soft opening of the Ayala Museum and Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL), after being closed for renovation since June 2019, to cap off the foundation's milestone year.

The soft opening will give art enthusiasts, museum-goers, and everyone who has missed the state-of-the-art museum at Ayala Centre, Makati a glimpse of the renovation improvements of its five galleries and library. There would be pre-booked admissions, timed entries, and limited capacity on admissions, in accordance to the IATF guidelines for the current pandemic situation.

"In response to the global pandemic and to ensure guests will feel both inspired and safe when visiting, operational adjustments and safety protocols have been adopted," the official press statement said. "All guests visiting the museum and library, regardless of age, must be fully vaccinated and will have to provide proof of vaccination upon entry for the safety of all visitors and staff."

The new look of the Ayala Museum is expected to redefine the experience of every visitor with the aid of its refreshed exhibitions and new spaces built for events and retail. Leandro V. Locsin Partners (LVLP) designed the iconic building in 1974 and also helmed the renovations since 2019. Its new inviting lobby marked by a distinctive Asian sensibility and borrowed landscape is a must-see. Being seamlessly integrated to the Greenbelt complex and its environs, the public would feel safer, comfortable, and one with nature. "The resulting outside-inside atmosphere is a wise pandemic response alongside plans to ensure the museum is a safe zone, defined by physical distancing and safety from the transmission of disease," the statement said.

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At the soft opening, five new exhibitions will be displayed as well as a new Ayala Museum website and mobile app, which is expected to roll out fully soon.

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The museum takes part in the country's quincentennial celebration of the circumnavigation of the world through the exhibition entitled, "Intertwined: Transpacific, Transcultural Philippines". It explores the resulting entangled cultures brought about by man's ability to circumnavigate the world by exhibiting 240 carefully curated objects and artworks. Meanwhile, the gallery dedicated to Fernando Zobel has been redesigned and will be unveiling the exhibition "Landscape into Painting: Fernando Zobel Serie Blanca".

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The Orientations Gallery of the museum will showcase tangible objects from the museum's rich collection of the nation's heritage, representing the diverse cultures and peoples throughout the islands and history.

A Digital Gallery located in the museum's new lobby, believed to be the country's first of its kind, will be unveiled as well. "Made up of 8 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 for free," the statement said.

Those who have missed the Diorama Experience, which the Ayala Museum is well known for, will be relieved that they will be seeing it again with enhanced details and refreshed experience.

The Ayala Museum expects to unveil the rest of its features by the first half of 2022.

In response to the changing times in terms of art appreciation, party triggered by the current health crisis, the Ayala Museum resorted to an omnichannel approach. In this way, visitors would have access to the museum and library's treasure trove onsite and online.

"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. The move was planned pre-pandemic but the decision to go omnichannel has likewise proven timely with audiences now comfortable being online," the statement said. 

Now with the newly renovated Ayala Museum, there would be multiple channels enthusiasts and patrons can connect to digitally and seamlessly, making appreciation of Philippine art and culture possible 24/7. The onsite exhibitions will be supported by exclusive content that enriches the viewer’s understanding through the upcoming Ayala Museum app. A newly revamped Ayala Museum portal will be the online destination to (1) book visits (2) participate in workshops, conferences, concerts & performances (3) access the Ayala Museum collection online (4) visit new exhibitions (5) explore learning resources (6) and link up with the stand-alone FHL website.


To learn more about the museum and library’s new protocols, what to expect during the soft opening, and how to book your tickets, you can visit their website at ayalamuseum.org and filipinaslibrary.org.ph.

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