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“Good regional museum”
Review of Museo Sugbo

Museo Sugbo
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Twin Cebu - Mactan City Day Tour
Ranked #6 of 85 things to do in Cebu City
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

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.

Thank John T
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"nice museum"
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"japanese occupation"
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"tour guide"
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"pre colonial"
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"different periods"
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"political history"
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"national archives"
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"you'll love this place"
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"museum shop"
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"pre spanish"
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"free tour"
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Reviewed 21 February 2018

This historic building used to be the Cebu City gaol.

The ticket office is to the side. The girl hand wrote a receipt. Surely they could use a cash register instead?

Entrance is P75 for foreigners and P30 for Filipinos. This dual pricing is more common in Sri Lanka, and the differential greater.

At the front the museum is two storey.

Rooms are aircon, so good for exhibits.

There are free guided tours available.

Some results of relatively recent archaelogical digging are displayed.

There could be more dioramas.

In the back are stories of famous Cebuano families.

There is good information on therole of the Spanish, the Cathoiic Church and the USA.

Off the back courtyard are offices for the national archives and historical commission.

Taxis are not hard to find once the visit is completed.

Visitors mainly seemed to be South Korean and European while I was there.

Thank Victorianlad
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Reviewed 14 February 2018

Best accompanied by a guide this interesting and well kept museum tells the storyof Cebu/. It is a former prison.

1  Thank buckfast39
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Reviewed 4 February 2018

Visited this museum on a rainy day. If you're a history buff, I think you'll love this place. Well organised with separate rooms for different periods of history and hosted in a lovely, ornate old building. Tour guide was a university student - she spoke very fluently, was quite passionate and knowledgeable and we enjoyed the experience. It was a very small fee to visit (something like 70php, cheaper if you're a student) and definitely an institution that's worth helping preserve. My teenage daughter found it boring but she found the Louvre boring too so if you have teenagers in tow who might not appreciate history yet, I'd park them at one of the shopping malls so you'd have a more relaxing visit ;)

2  Thank domsiow
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Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

I went to Cebu not really knowing anything about the history of the island so it was great to see artefacts and get information from ancient times up until now. We had two guides who were both interns and they were very friendly gave us a lot of extra information that we might not have received if we walked around on our own.

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