Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario

The Pinto Art Museum is a beautiful contemporary space for art enthusiasts, fans of Greek architecture, and lovers of nature. Located in a 1.2 hectare property in Antipolo, Rizal, it has become become popular for its artsy, cool vibe, as well as its Instagram-ready facade.

In Filipino, “pinto” translates to “door,” and that’s exactly what the museum is—a gateway for modern and contemporary art.

Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario

Intentional or otherwise, the Pinto Art Museum has changed the way people think museums and exhibits ought to be, altering the face of local museum culture by its existence alone.

What makes the museum so unique is the way it presents its artworks, an expansive and very well-curated collection of modern paintings, sculptures and art installations. 

Unlike more traditional museums—with pieces encased in glass or hanging in the wall, cordoned off from the public; in a closed, air-conditioned room—the Pinto Art Museum manages to display its artworks with its surrounding environment. The integration is so seamless that seeing a tree growing in the middle of a stairway feels natural.

The buildings here are open-air structures, which means guests can find themselves examining an artwork one minute and resting by one of the benches in the gardens the next.

Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario

Pinto Art Museum has a youthful vibe that doesn’t scare away the younger generation. In fact, galleries are assembled in a wonderfully welcoming manner.

The open galleries allow Pinto Art Museum to showcase its extraordinary treasure trove of artwork, collected since the 1960s, both in permanent and rotating exhibitions.

It has seven galleries, the latest one opened earlier this year, just before the lockdown restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic were enforced. The newest gallery is the largest wing in the museum and features “more brilliant artworks and installations by contemporary Filipino artists.”

The rest of the galleries feature a wide range of artworks—from the more traditional art pieces with paintings depicting idyllic scenes of daily life, to more experimental mixed media pieces; from interesting wire sculptures to modern and abstract art pieces.

There’s also a painting gallery and a souvenir shop, as well as a couple of restaurants where guests can have lunch or light snacks while resting in between checking out the art pieces.

Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario

Pro tip: If possible, set aside 3 to 5 hours of stay to fully enjoy the museum. But if pressed for time, spend at least two hours. Unfortunately, the place does not have designated parking spaces, so be ready to park your cars on side streets (which is pretty safe as the museum is inside a subdivision).

All in all, for a regular entrance fee of P250 (discounts for students, senior citizens, and PWDs apply), a visit to the Pinto Art Museum is a must not just for art enthusiats but for everyone.

Editor’s Note: After months of closure due to COVID-19, the Pinto Art Museum has reopened its doors in September 2020.