Pinto Art Museum Antipolo : A Hidden Treasure Near Manila
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Do you love art? For those who seek a day out of the bustling, noisy city, there’s a place in Antipolo, Rizal where you can appreciate both nature and art.
I’ve always wanted to visit the Pinto Art Museum, but I hardly ever had anyone to accompany me. So when my friends had some time to spare, I jumped at the chance and planned the visit… Pinto Art museum, here we come…
Less than an hour from the Mega Mall or Shaw Blvd, commuters can actually visit the museum without getting lost trying to follow long and confusing directions. While waiting for the FX, we had breakfast in JCO Mega Mall which is not too far from the Fx terminal. while having breakfast we chatted a bit about what we were expecting to see and do. Thirty minutes later we were on the FX and on our way.
Once we arrived, I went straight to the entrance gates and paid the fee. I also asked the person at the entrance booth (the person that had just collected my entrance fee) if they had any guide booklets or brochures. She simply shrugged her shoulders and said that we can find them inside the galleries..
Hmmm.. Guess what…
We DID NOT FIND ANY..
… and we looked …
Now, this may be a small thing to you but it would have been a lot more interesting to me if I knew the stories behind the beautiful artworks and pieces i was looking at. I’d like to think that she wanted to give me a reason to come back.. You know.. To actually find out the stories behind the art.. 🙂 Uhm a bit of mystery can make it interesting but challenging.. LOL
Pinto Art Museum Antipolo Review
Secluded in the heart of Antipolo City, Pinto Art Museum features a collection of paintings, sculptures, modern art pieces and many other interesting displays. It is located in an almost hidden subdivision. If you didn’t know it was there it would be so easy to miss it. If you are to drive there I must tell you, the Museum does not have a parking lot, but, fortunately the subdivision allows visitors to park along the street.
“Pinto” or “Door” is an apt name as the gallery serves as the gateway for modern and contemporary art.
The gardens and grounds are all Mediterranean-inspired with all the charm and ambiance to match.
The gentle gardens are scattered with intriguing sculptures, nooks, crannies and and attention grabbers all set to a backdrop of vivid white buildings and a tranquil atmosphere.
It actually reminds me of the Santorini in Batangas without the ocean. The grounds and gardens are a work of art in themselves even before you enter one of the galleries.
If you have even the smallest interest in arts and culture, then this place is for you.
Even non-art lovers will appreciate and enjoy many of the numerous exhibits scattered around the grounds.
Remember, it’s not just one gallery but many galleries located in different places on the estate. half the fun is in the exploring. Pinto Art Museum makes art entertaining.
Once you step inside past the gates and inside the doors, art begins. You will be inspired by the creativity and talent that went into each and every painting and art work on display. And guess what… It is so good to see just how talented filipinos are. I can gaze at a piece for hours interpreting my version of the artist’s message. The Pinto Art Museum Gallery style is influenced by a mix of old greek and traditional filipino culture.
Perhaps what draws people to this museum is how different the art is. It is amazing in its eccentricity. These aren’t your ordinary wall-mounted still-life, set-it-and-forget-it pieces of art. They’re some of the best contemporary art pieces Manila has to offer and they are all housed and lovingly presented in an equally gorgeous place that merits its own appreciation. It’s a wide, expansive space, both indoors and outdoors, that gives much room for visitors to explore and really get into the vibe and nuances of the art. Pinto Art Museum is more than “just” art.
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A lot of it is very interactive in the sense that the pieces almost invite you to “join” them in cool perspective shots or actually be part of the piece to complete it. Hahaha!!
It’s a fun, unique experience spending a full morning or afternoon here! You can easily lose yourself in the setting, while enjoying a leisurely, relaxed stroll through the gardens and galleries. This is an ideal place to go for a date… It is so easy to spend quality time with someone in this type of setting with the idyllic upper Antipolo as your backdrop.
Pinto Art Museums “Gallery 1” seems to be devoted to more traditional art pieces. This is where you will find paintings depicting idyllic scenes of daily life in the Philippines. It also features some interesting installations including those rock boulders.
Pinto Art Museum Gallery 2 features a mix of both paintings and sculptures. Some are made from Polychromed wood, Epoxy Resin and even X-rays. It also features a Volkswagen Beetle. I personally find some of the sculptures a little eerie and dark… But I absolutely loved the beetle (so cute)
Yes, the VW beetle in the pic above does look cute but look at the person coming out of the sunroof… Not to mention speaker-man in the background about to jump… What else in this picture looks strange?
Pinto Art Museum Gallery 3 features a collection of interesting steel wire sculptures including The Hallow Man by Alab Pagarigan. It also features another room dedicated for various paintings.
Most of the art at this gallery is mostly contemporary and modern with a few Spanish-inspired masterpiece added in. This is also the section where that famous “We Are The Kids That Your Parents Warned About” display can be found. Some other displays I found interesting in this gallery were the pair of Praxinoscope, the “Like Rats It Returns To Its True Form” display and, of course, Zuma.
This gallery features various paintings depicting the Spanish Era. Most paintings are oil canvas or other traditional painting mediums. It includes a Bird-themed room which features an art piece that apparently includes fossilized leaves. The other room, on the other hand, is adults only as it features imagery related to sex and other mature content that is not suitable for kids (that’s why they encouraged the visitors to always close the door when entering or leaving the room).
This is a two story gallery featuring many great masterpieces including the “Lolong and Loleng” by Demetrio Dela Cruz and the three-piece black and white canvas entitled “Panalo!”. There is also an audio room entitled “Usapang Babae” a room with brain seats, and picturesque balconies.
Just beside Gallery 3 is a themed cafe called the Pinto Cafe. One thing that makes it stand out is it’s Mediterranean styling and Spanish-like ambiance. The terracotta coloring also give it a Tuscany vibe and feel. You are not allowed to bring food inside the museum so you are kind of locked into buying food inside the grounds at one of the restaurants if you are hungry. This is not a bad thing as the food is good and the prices slightly high but worth it for the atmosphere. As I said earlier, this is a great place to spend a romantic afternoon or first, second or third date.
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Roaming around the entire museum will only take you about half a day (That includes a lot of photo session). The ambiance is very peaceful and perfect for art appreciation but the food in the restaurant is a bit pricey but that is to be expected. If you are a fan of paintings this is a good place for you to visit. They take pride of their own by opening to the public the works of well-known and very talented Filipino artist from generation to now. Pinto Art Museum Antipolo is a bit out of the way but it’s worth it. Nevertheless, I love the place.
After the Pinto Art Museum, we headed to another interesting place in Antipolo, the Mystical Cave. However, before we proceed to our next destination, I will have another Pinto Art-related article for my next entry.
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So, what are you waiting for? Go pack your creative minds and head on Pinto Art Museum… And most of all… Enjoy!!!!!
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Museum Hours: Tue – Sun: 9 AM – 6 PM
Some Rules and Policies
- of arts in display. The place in general is already a work of art.bags are subject to
- Security Inspection and not allowed inside the Galleries. Must check in at the Baggage Counter near the entrance.
- Artworks should NOT be touched or leaned on. This should be strictly observed.
- Flash photography and Video Shoots are NOT allowed inside the Galleries (My DSLR automatically flash, nobody
- Food and Drinks are not allowed inside the Galleries (But they sell mineral water)
- No Changing of Clothes and No Props allowed inside the premises (But i did. LOL )
- NO Smoking. Cigarettes and E-Cigarettes are not allowed inside the premises.
- NO Pets allowed inside the premises.
Pinto Art Museum Entrance Fees
- Regular Adult: Php 200
- Senior/PWD: Php 180
- Student with valid ID or any proof of enrollment: Php 100
- 3 yrs old below is FREE
Photo Shoot Rates:
- Php 7,500: Upper garden, lower garden and Indigenous Art Museum
- Php 15,000: Upper garden, lower garden, Indigenous Art Museum and the new museum wing door
NOTE: Photo shoot rates are inclusive of:
- 5 hours shoot (Php 750 per hour in excess)
- 5 pax (Php 300 per head in excess)
- Non-airconditioned room for preps (Additional Php 500 for 5 hours for air-conditioned rooms, plus Php 100 per hour in excess)
How to Get to Pinto Art Museum Antipolo
By Public Transportation:
- Just take any Jeep/FX going to Antipolo from the terminal in SM MEgamall, Greenfield District, in front of Shangri-la Shaw. The fare is just Php 50.00
- Get off at Ynares Center, get a tricycle from there and ask the driver to take you to Pinto Art Museum which cost Php 40.00.
By Private Vehicle:
- Take Ortigas Extension, passing by Cainta-Junction, then Tikling until you reach Ynares Center, turn right then follow the road which will lead you to Grand Heights. For your convenience use the waze apps and it helps you direct there.
1 Sierra Madre St.,, Grand Heights Rd, Antipolo, Rizal
Pinto Art Museum Antipolo