Visitor Tips for Art in Island, Manila

Yes, I had been living under a rock for the last few years so I’m probably one of the last to come to Art in Island  but late is better than never! Speaking of rocks, here’s me on one:


In case you haven’t been here either, you too can be part of the spectacularly painted 3D art here in the biggest interactive art museum of its kind in the Philippines. The over-one-hundred paintings are divided into different zones (Illusion, Fantasy, Religion, Love, Christmas, Aquatic, Animal, Central Hall, Masterpiece). Here is a sampling of the artworks you can interact with:


Don’t miss Van Gogh’s Cafe Terrace at Night beside Charlie Chaplin (Masterpiece Zone) like I did.

The entrance ticket comes with a view of the light and sound show at the Central Hall consisting of 30 feet of wall-to-floor art. The light show’s first introduction line sounds like it’s from the bible though the rest of the show is more artistic, not biblical.

The art is stunning. You can imagine the layers and layers of thought, design, and paint that yielded the realistic depth, shadows, and wit for each exhibit!

Art itself can be therapeutic but coupled with all the happy hormones released while exploring Art in Island, the experience is priceless. But you only shell out P500! (They give a discounted rate to seniors, students, and PWD —P400). Children 3 feet and below come in for FREE!)

Take someone you love out here! Or take your whole family, barkada, or school! πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‚

Visitor Tips Before You Go:

  1. Bring your fully-charged camera and power bank(s). No flash photography. All photos here were taken using an iPhone camera. Selfie sticks won’t capture the art designs so bring a friend who also wants to come here and is not in a hurry. The staff are nice but there aren’t many standing by to take photos.
  2. Bring darkish socks (that complement your attire) as no shoes are allowed inside. You need to deposit your shoes before entering the art zones.
  3. A solid-coloured outfit may be more visually pleasant to go with the majority of the paintings specially for the busy designs. Choose something you can sit on the floor with (Avoid dry clean only clothes.) Airconditioning is efficient so dress for cold atmosphere if you’re sensitive to cold.
  4. Don’t miss the strategically positioned floor markers for you to capture the best angles of each artwork.
  5. Pose like no one’s watching. You can check some of the photo suggestions displayed nearby if you run out of ideas.
  6. For everyone’s enjoyment, try not to take a nap in front of the Fountain Artwork πŸ˜‚ #photobomber. Be mindful of inadvertently walking in between someone taking a photo and the person he’s photographing.
  7. Check the light and sound show time so you can get a good spot before it begins. Leaning against the side of the Egyptian statues in the Central Hall seems to give the best panoramic view. Floor squat seats only (unless you brought your own wheelchair).
  8. There is a substantial flight of stairs and no elevator. To address this, there’s a ramp available for children, elderly, or physically challenged guests.
  9. No need to run back to the floor you saw bathrooms in because each floor has (well-maintained) bathrooms.
  10. There is a cafe, photo gallery, and gift shop before you exit.
  11. They’re closed on Mondays. Open Tuesday to Sunday 9:30am – 9:30 pm.
  12. . Don’t leave home without your sense of humour! Enjoy!

Thanks so much, dear Joi, for this very fun, unique, unforgettable surprise day-out gift! And thank you for your brilliant gift of black socks!!!!!!!!!!!😘😘😘 [My dear friend took me here to take photos of me and this is the only photo she agreed to be photographed in!]


12 Comments Add yours

  1. Wilma Zetazate says:

    Woll definitely GO with my barangay ( Dgroup)

    1. Karen E. Young says:

      That’s wonderful Ate Wilms!!! I hope you have a blessed time! Pls tag me on your photos!!:)😘

  2. raastha says:

    That’s beautiful. Kids would enjoy. Thanks for this wonderful post.

    1. Karen E. Young says:

      Thank you for your kind comments, Raastha! Yes, I think kids would love this very much but so would the kids in grownups! I hope one day you get to visit the place! It’s the biggest in Asia, they say!

  3. raastha says:

    Yes, the grown-up would have equally good time. Hope to visit one day soon. Thank you for visiting my page. Vannie, love from India.

    1. Karen E. Young says:

      Indeed!! Hello Vannie!! And thank you for visiting mine! Hi from Manila!!! Where in India are you?πŸ˜€

      1. raastha says:

        Karen, I live Bangalore, Southern part of India.

      2. Karen E. Young says:

        Oh how lovely! Thank you Vannie!! So nice to meet you here πŸ™‚

      3. raastha says:

        Same here, make sure to drop me message if you have any travel plans to South India. I will be happy to host you.

      4. Karen E. Young says:

        Aww you are so kind Vania!!! Do you have a bed and breakfast?

  4. raastha says:

    No, you can stay at my place. My hubby travels a lot for work, so I am alone most of time.

    1. Karen E. Young says:

      Oh you are so sweet! Thank you so much!

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