Casa Manila is a “colonial lifestyle” museum which is located in Gen. Luna St., Intramuros, Manila, Philippines. It is a 10-minute walk towards Aduana St., an alternative route would be to take any pier-bound PUJ in Quezon City and get off at Aduana St. The museum recreates the lifestyle during the colonial period through antique furniture, paintings, lighting fixtures, and other objects of decorative art. As with all new structures built within the walls of Intramuros, facades here are based on colonial period designs.
The museum is a replica of a 19th century Binondo residence where the endeavor is to let know the then culture. In 1981, the Casa Manila was constructed and known as the product of the Intramuros Administration’s initiative to preserve our heritage and showcase the various phases of Philippine life and architecture.
Casa Manila is a perfect setting to step back into the past that is in contrast to the fast pace of the city life. It brings the style of living of the Philippine upper class, or ilustrados as they were known at the time.
Casa Manila is somewhat called a three-storey house that is faithfully restored Spanish colonial house that also offers an insight to the classic lifestyle. The walls of the ground floor are made of adobe stones that you may see or buy antiques, art objects, and souvenir items. The stones or volcanic tuff was quarried from Makati and Meycuayan, Bulacan for building material.
The rooms are set up in period style and decorated with antique furniture, chandeliers, lamps, paintings, vases and bric-a-brac. From the kitchen on the top floor, one can walk down the adobe staircase, old well, the courtyard and fountain. It shows the unique style of architecture and furniture that blends the Spanish and the Asian styles.
The Casa Manila Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday; 9 am – 12 pm, 1 pm – 6 pm. Admission: Adults PHP40; children and students PHP15.