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Stone and wood structure housing a museum of Catholicism

Learn about Catholicism in Cebu at the Cathedral Museum

The Philippines is predominantly Catholic. The church has had massive changes over the past millennia, but Catholicism is still the most practiced religion throughout the country.A museum in Cebu has a collection of exhibits related to the Catholic faith, giving visitors a walk down memory lane to learn how religion has shaped the country’s culture and people today.The Archdiocesan Museum of Cebu, also known as the Cathedral Museum, is housed in one of the oldest structures in downtown Cebu. It stands right across from the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, hence the nickname.

Jesuit House Museum

Visiting Jesuit House Museum:
A Hidden Hint of History

Claimed to have been built in 1730, the Jesuit House Museum is one of the oldest museums in Cebu. It’s a building that is rich in Philippine history.Located in the former business district of Parian, this heritage house is frequented by many tourists and locals alike.Its owner, Chinese-Filipino businessman Jaime Sy, originally intended to make the building a warehouse. He changed his mind when he discovered its history.

Facade of the Yap San Diego Ancestral House

Visit the Oldest Ancestral
House in Cebu City

The Parian district played a crucial part in the history of Cebu City. This quiet neighborhood was once a center for trading and bartering before turning into a residential area for Chinese settlers in the 1600s.Today, Parian has several historic sites, including the Parian monument, the Jesuit House Museum, and the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House.The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House is the oldest ancestral house in Cebu. It was built near Colon, the oldest street in the Philippines between 1675 and 1700. And it was first owned by a Chinese trader, Don Juan Yap, and his wife, Doña Maria Florido.

The Casa Gorordo Museum and Its
Memories of Colonial Cebu

There are a number of museums in Cebu worth seeing. Old antiques and centuries-long infrastructure give insights on how the city was before today.Casa Gorordo is a perfect spot to learn about the life of Cebuanos during and after the Spanish colonization. This two-storey house keeps many artifacts that have been passed down for several decades by one of Cebu’s most prominent families.This used to be the ancestral house of four generations of the Gorordos, which included the first Cebuano Bishop, Juan Isidro de Gorordo. It was purchased and renovated by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation and was turned into a public museum in the 1980s.

A Euphoric Trip to Cebu History:
Visiting the Museo Sugbo

Museo Sugbo takes you on a stroll along the many years of Cebu history. It houses galleries that transport you back to notable moments from the past and informs you of the lesser known trivia from way back during World War II and the Spanish and American colonial era. This is a place to appreciate the pieces of history and events that summarize all these years of change.The museum is situated in what was once the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC), the main jail of Cebu province. The detention center was famous for the viral videos of the dancing inmates, and it is now situated in the mountainous barangay of Kalunasan.

Jesuit House of 1730, one of the most popular museums in Cebu

Museums in Cebu | The Queen City
of the South over the Years

There are places that would make us remember the past. Towns and cities have museums that will remind them of their histories. The museums in Cebu are some of the places that store the best stories of the island. Here are some of the museums that will take you to a trip down memory lane:

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Learn about Catholicism in Cebu at the Cathedral Museum

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