National Museum to open in Dumaguete

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 24) — The National Museum of the Philippines will open its regional site in Dumaguete in Negros Oriental on Nov. 26.

Artifacts with local significance for Negros Oriental and the rest of Central Visayas will be housed in the Old Presidencia, previously the city hall of Dumaguete.

With the ₱50 million restoration budget, the new museum will feature the region's natural history in geology, zoology and botany on its first floor and will have architecture, archeology and built heritage exhibits on its second floor.

Built in 1937, the Old Presidencia was designed by prewar architect Juan Arella. In 2019, the National Museum of the Philippines declared it as an Important Cultural Property.

With the opening of the site in Dumaguete, the National Museum will have 16 regional museums nationwide.