Boac, Marinduque Branch Museum

 

Brief History

The branch museum is housed in an old Spanish building that used to be a library and Municipal Trial Court of Boac, Marinduque. Representative and now Governor Carmencita Reyes, who facilitated the restoration of the building and construction of showcases, made possible the turnover of the lot and building to the National Museum by the municipality of Boac. The museum measures 410 square meters including the mezzanine floor.

Boac, dubbed as a small paradise, is the capital town. The Boac branch museum was formally opened to the public on February 22, 1995.

Collections



Agricultural implements: scythe, coconut-harvesting tools, bolos, plows
Pottery: stove, chicken feed containers, flowerpots, rice pot molder, pottery making devices like clay and molders
Tuba (coconut wine) containers made of bamboomoriones
Morion masks, colored vests, capes, wooden shield
Modern crafts: carved wooden animals, baskets, wall decors, lampshades, fans
10th E8th centuries A.D. tradeware ceramics: stoneware jars, jarlets and plates of Chinese provenance steel skillet, pottery vessels and shards.
Metallic and non-metallic minerals; metamorphic, sedimentary and igneous rocks; fossilized shells in limestone and petrified wood .

Highlights of the Exhibit

Kalutang is an early type of musical instrument in Marinduque that is composed of graduated sets of softwood bars played with pieces of sticks. This instrument is used during special events and celebrations.

Morion Masks are made of woodand are elaborately adornedwith colorful shells, tassels, and crepe papers. These masks, togetherwith colored vests, capes, and wooden shields, are worn byindividuals who act as Roman soldiers during the MorionesFestival. The Moriones is a Lenten tradition inMarinduque that centers on Longinus, the one-eyed Roman centurion who got back his full sight when blood ofthe crucified Jesus spurted into his blind eye.

Category/Type of Museum: Ethnographic, Archaeological, Geological

Location, Museum Hours & Contact No.

National Museum, Boac Branch, Boac, Marinduque Region IV

By land and sea. Manila to Lucena City is about four hours by bus while Lucena to Marinduque ferry services take approximately two hours. Ships that regularly ply to Marinduque are the Montenegro Shipping and the Blue Water.

Mondays-Fridays / 9:00 am - 4:00 pm;
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays by appointment

Contact Information:
ASBMD, National Museum Central Office; 527-4192

email: nm_asbmd@yahoo.com

This page was last modified Monday, February 10, 2014
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