The Negros Museum represents more than a collection of Filipiniana. At its core are the stories of a people whose consciousness and collective memories go back hundreds of years. Housed in the grand neo-classic structure that is the former Provincial Capitol Building, the Negros Museum presents in a capsule the bounty that is the history, art, and culture of the people of the Negros Island. Through room upon room of art and artifacts, the museum chronicles the lives of the Negrenses, from the opulence characteristic of the heyday of the plantation hacendero to the austerity that marked the years after the collapse of the sugar industry.
Other than the exhibitions and displays that have made it a major tourist destination in the region, the museum initiates other exceptional projects. Through its Artist Discovery Series and Artist Livelihood Program, local, undiscovered artists and craftsmen gain the immensely valuable opportunity to mount exhibits as well as sell their work at the museum. The museum, in addition, serves as a guide to the artists, helping them from conceptualization to the exhibit to the trade of their work.
How to get there
By air: The city is only 55 minutes from Manila, serviced by the country’s 3 major airlines: Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines, with four round trip flights daily. From Cebu City, Bacolod is only 30 minutes away, with 3 round trips daily through Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific. The New Bacolod-Silay Airport of International Standard is 20 minutes to and from the Bacolod downtown.
By sea: Bacolod is normally a 20-hour cruise to and from Manila aboard world-class vessels; 55 minutes to and from Iloilo on fast seacrafts. The Banago and BREDCO ports are the vessels entry point.
By sea and land: The 18-hour travel time to and from Manila via land and sea transport is now possible through RORO (Roll On Roll Off) vessels traversing through the Strong Republic Nautical Highway using the ports of Iloilo, Caticlan in Aklan, Roxas in Mindoro and Batangas in the Province of Batangas.