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Project Experience

National Museum of the Filipino People

1997-98

Lord Cultural Resources was appointed by the Philippines’ Presidential Committee to prepare a Master Plan for the National Museum of the Filipino People, the Functional Program for the first building, and the Centennial Exhibition. The new building was the first step in an ambitious project to establish three national museums in central Manila – one for Fine Art, one for Natural History, and one for Archaeology, Anthropology and History – through adaptive re-use of early 20th century government buildings by American architect James Burnham. Lord Cultural Resources developed the Concept for the new Museum, programmed the transformation of the historic building to provide museum conditions, planned and designed the new exhibition, and managed the fabrication and installation of the new exhibits and shows, produced almost entirely by Filipino artisans.

In June 1998 the new Museum opened as the focus of the Centenary Celebration of the Philippines’ Declaration of Independence. The exhibition that we planned and designed tells The Story of the Filipino People from pre-historic times to the present day, introduced by an audio-visual program that continues to delight and educate residents and visitors to Manila today.