6 May 2015 | Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines —
Since Danny and I are not from Manila or anywhere else near the capital of the Philippines, getting to Art in Island in Cubao was tough. We started our journey at around 12 noon on a Wednesday from Pasay City. We asked about 5 or 6 cab drivers to take us there but all of them refused and gave us absurb reasons of “too far or too much traffic jam”. In my mind, some questions were raised — Is 13km that far? A roundtrip from our home to downtown is 7km farther. When did Manila never had traffic jam? But, the last cab driver we caught requested for a fixed rate of Php350. However, we negotiated him for Php300. Finally! But Php300 is still quite expensive. It took us about an hour to reached the museum passing Quirino Avenue to Aurora Boulevard with the traffic.
Before we went in, we grabbed a quick lunch at Bellini’s, just located at the back of the building.
- Adult – Php 500 (US$11)
- Student – Php 400 (US$9)
- Children below 3ft – FREE
Upon entering, we were asked to remove our shoes. Socks or barefoot is okay. They have a shoe counter where we could leave our shoes and may claim after we finish.
A short fact: Art in Island, the largest in Asia, is an interactive 3D trick eye museum where touching the painting and picture taking are allowed. Eighteen (18) Korean artists conceptualized the museum in 120 days and opened just in time for Christmas of 2014.
The first part of the museum is the optical illusion, and some of the pictures were already familiar to me. The museum is divided into 6 zones. These are: (taken from their brochure)
- Aqua – dive deep into the ocean
- Animal – take a trip to experience and photograph safari
- Masterpiece – interact with some of the most famous paintings around the world
- Central Hall – explore the dungeons of the ancient times
- Religion – travel and delve into the religious world of art
- Love & Christmas – feel the love on Christmas Day
Here’s a sneak peek of what’s inside:
We had as much fun as we had during our first time we’ve been to a trick eye museum in Hongdae, Seoul. The key to satisfaction and fun is to have interaction with the painting and to make use of your imagination. As we were roaming around, people were really creative doing their poses with the paintings.
I hope you had a great time reading this post.
Address: 15th Avenue, Brgy. Socorro, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines
Operating Hours: Tuedays to Sundays 9:30am — 9:30pm