The Museo ng Makati on J. P. Rizal Street in Poblacion is the repository of Makati’s heritage and culture. The museo building itself offers a slice of Makati's history. Constructed in 1918, the building served as the town hall of Makati from 1918 until 1961. The history of Makati is shown in a collection of rare photographs, dioramas, and murals.
In March 1990, Ordinance No. 1896 was enacted by the Municipal Council under the administration of Mayor Jejomar C. Binay for the restoration of the old Town Hall for its conversion into a museum called the Museo ng Makati.
A year after, the restoration of the building started. In April 23, 1992, the fully restored building turned into a museum had its blessing, with the ceremony presided by Mayor Jejomar C. Binay. In June 1993, the Tourism and Cultural Affairs Division, now the City Museum and Cultural Affairs Office, moved in to manage the Museo's operations.
The Museo served as the community museum where the artifacts, treasures, and relics of the city's historical and cultural heritage are housed and preserved. It is the only museum in Metro Manila that showcases the city's history in relics especially carved for the Museo.
One of the museum's special features is the "living" exhibit of the different regions of the country, showcasing the unique attributes of each region. There are cultural presentations, and art & crafts demonstrations during special events.
The Museum is located in J. P. Rizal Street, Poblacion, Makati City.
Where to Stay
Here is the list of hotels that can be found around the city
- Makati Shangri-La Hotel - Ayala Avenue Corner Makati Avenue, Makati
- LPL Suites Greenbelt - 112 LPL Tower, Legaspi Street, Makati
- The Peninsula Manila - Corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues, Makati
- New World Hotel Makati City - Esperanza Street corner Makati Avenue, Makati
- Hotel Celeste - 02 San Lorenzo Drive Corner A.Arnaiz Avenue, San Lorenzo Village,, Makati
- Somerset Olympia Makati Serviced Residence - 7912, Makati Avenue, Makati
- Ascott Makati Serviced Residence - 6Th Floor, Glorietta 4 Ayala Center, Makati
- Copa Businessman Hotel - 912 Arnaiz Avenue, Makati
- The E-Hotel Makati - 906 A. Arnaiz Ave., (formerly Pasay Road), San Lorenzo Village, Makati
- BSA Suites Makati - 103 C. Palanca St. Legaspi Village, Makati
The Epifanio De los Santos Avenue (EDSA) passes along the southeast part of Makati and connects the city with Mandaluyong City and Pasay City. The South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) runs through the western part of Makati and connects the city with Manila to the north and with southern Metro Manila. The Skyway, an elevated highway built on top of SLEX, provides residents coming from southern Metro Manila a fast way to reach Makati.
Buses plying the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA/C-4) route from Baclaran in Parañaque to Quezon City and Caloocan City pass through the central business/financial district daily. Jeepneys ply Makati's inner roads and connect the city to its surrounding towns and cities. The Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) on EDSA has four stations located in Makati: Guadalupe, Buendia, Ayala and Magallanes. The Philippine National Railways meanwhile has three stations: Buendia, Pasay Road and EDSA.