The new Museo Dabawenyo in Davao City is set to open next year. 

The P200-million five-storey building that features a futuristic durian-inspired exterior is located inside the city’s People’s Park. 

Scheduled to be completed next year, the project is funded by the Office of the President and the National Museum of the Philippines.

Admission to the museum will be free once it opens. The local government unit and the National Museum of the Philippines will manage the museum.

Museo Dabawenyo will not only display local artifacts and history, but also a museum of national history, according to Winnie Rose Galay-Bulig, the officer-in-charge of Museo Dabawenyo.

She said the new museum, in terms of offerings and features, will “most probably be the same as what we can see at the National Museum in Manila.”

“So, we will be expecting more galleries, exhibition areas not only focusing on local history but also national history as well,” she said.

The new building of Museo Dabawenyo was constructed inside People’s Park so it’s easier for tourists coming to the city to visit the museum, where a one-stop-shop for souvenirs, local delicacies, and gifts will also be put up.

Museo Dabawenyo, which is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is currently located at the University Avenue, Juna Subdivision in Matina.

People who want to visit the museum may take a 3D virtual tour of Museo Dabawenyo through or on the Museo Dabawenyo Facebook page It is available online until December 31, 2020.