The museum is actually a branch of the National Museum of the Philippines and is situated within the historical building Fort Pilar which has been restored after damages. The fort has been considered as a National Cultural Treasure from 1973. The Marine Life of Zamboanga, Basilan and Sulu is a permanent exhibit that showcases 400 species of marine life dioramas of the city and neighbouring islands, including archeological exhibits from the Griffin which sank in the 18th century. Another exhibit showcases the Griffin shipwreck with a diorama and relics. There is also a rock collection that showcases the geological periods of the Philippines. The Yakan, Subanun and Sama exhibit displays clothing, blankets, a weaving loom and utensils that were used by the tribes in their daily lives. The Lepa houseboat of Sama D’ Laut is an exhibit that is the highlight of the museum complete with cooking utensils that were used by them as well.
Free of charge
Monday to Friday - 9 AM - 4 PM Open by appointment only on Saturdays, Sundays and during national holidays.
More than an hour
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families or children
Dioramas. Lepa Houseboat, Griffin shipwreck
Muslim travelers to the museum will not find prayer facilities at the location. However there are Mosques near the building such as Masjid Zambagora, Masjid Magay, Grand Masjid Barbara and Fishpond Little Masjid.
Zamboanga has a Muslim population, so finding Halal food at places will not be very hard. You can ask locals to direct to Halal restaurants near the museum that are within the city. If you are not sure, ask the staff if the food is Halal or order vegetarian or seafood meals.