Blame Migs (yet again!) for this little adventure. Migs posted on the Mindanao Bloggers mailing list if anyone wanted to visit the museum with him last Sunday. Owing to the day, Davao Museum was out, but Jojie Alcantara helpfully pointed out the newly-opened Museo Dabawenyo. So it was that Migs, Ria, Andrew, and I descended on the museum last Sunday.
Museo Dabawenyo just opened last May but isn't even inaugurated yet. That will have to wait till the upcoming Kadayawan. However, it is ready for visitors even now. Though the displays are still a little sparse, it's worthwhile trip to get a feel for Davao history and Mindanaoan culture.
The museum is divided into four wings. The ground floor right wing is the Indigenous Peoples Exhibit, which holds native musical instruments, weapons, and handicrafts. The ground floor right wing houses the Moro Peoples Exhibit, the centerpieces being very impressive brass thrones and Moro armor.
On the second floor, the right wing contains some memorabilia from the more recent Japanese and American periods. The left wing is for modern Davaoño art exhibits.
As I said, the exhibits are still a little sparse. The museum is looking for additional donors.
Museo Dabawenyo is located along Pichon Street (formerly Magallanes Street) in Davao City. It is open Tuesdays to Sundays, 9 am - 6 pm. The entrance is free.
See Ria's entry for more impressive pictures.