I often like small to mid-size regional museums more than large national museums because the collections are less edited, fresh, and the focus on local history is strong.
The interesting bonus here is the architecture itself: designed in 1869 by Domingo de Escondrillas, the lone architect in Cebu at the time, the Cárcel del Distrito served as the main prison for the Visayas District. It is believed that most of the coral stone blocks from the Parian church – which was demolished in 1878 – were used to build parts of the cárcel. The gaol housed not only criminals in its 135-year history but also political prisoners, horses competing at the racetrack nearby, filipino guerrillas held by the Japanese during WWII, and after the war many of collaborators.
The collections are drawn from the Philippine National archives and local sources are interesting in their own right. You will come away more educated about the Philippine culture and politics after visiting here.
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