It is no secret to all that the BenCab Museum is one of the most sought after museums in the country.
Founded by our National Artist Benedicto Reyes Cabrera, the four-storey building houses not only his art collections but his actual workshop as well. Perfectly married to nature, BenCab’s house (now a museum) also showcases different art pieces from other contemporary artists around the country.
The structure was designed in a very unique way. The entrance of the building is also the top floor of the museum. And the best way to go around his collections is to go down until you reached the garden and his café. There are no elevators available in this area so you really need to take the stairs.
On the entry level of the museum, you will find the lobby, reception area, museum shop and the loo. They sell out different kinds of souvenirs perfect for pasalubong.
Below the entry level is the centerpiece of the whole entire building. This floor features BenCab’s gallery, the Cordillera gallery, the Print gallery, his Bulol collections, Indigo gallery and the Erotica gallery.
The main Indigo gallery is a place meant for various renowned artists featuring their greatest artworks. The BenCab gallery on the other side is giving out a wide variety of the owner’s personal collections.
Outside the gallery is a wall dedicated for his numerous pieces of Bulol or Ifugao Rice God. Each bulol looks like a carved human figurine and is said to be worshiped.
One of the most intriguing galleries in the museum is that Erotica gallery. Outside, ther is an advisory that reads
This gallery contains works with imagery that may be offensive to minors and to certain individuals.
Level three was designed for the national Artist’s own collections of Philippine Contemporary Art. There’s Gallery 1 near the loo and Gallery 2 beside Maestro gallery.
Lastly, the lowest level is where you can find Café Sabel and the entrance to his garden.
Café Sabel serves Bencab’s family recipes and most of the ingredients used for their dishes were homegrown. The Baguio breeze and the relaxing environment made it easier for the guests to go around the garden and embrace it’s beauty.
The garden has a beautiful and huge Koi pond, greenhouses with ornamental flowers. herb bed, strawberry plantation and a small rice field.
My overall experience in BenCab was amazing. Even though it’s a bit tiring wandering around every crannies, appreciating the works of several Filipino artists’ has never been this rewarding. I highly recommend this museum to be a part of your Baguio itinerary.
More of BenCab.
Tuesdays to Sundays 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
(last entry at 5:30 pm). Closed on Mondays, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Admission to the Museum:
General admission – Php120
Students with valid school ID – Php100
Seniors/ PWD with valid IDs – Php80
Special rates for student & organized groups with minimum of 30 guests
EcoTrail tour – same as above
Car: 15-minute drive from Baguio City center.
Public transport: Jeep to Asin from jeepney terminal near Baguio market.
Same as museum – Open daily except Mondays, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day from 9:00am to 6:00pm (last order at 5:30pm)
• Outside food and drinks are not permitted to be brought into the cafe.
• Smoking is permitted only in the al fresco area of the cafe.