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About Cebu Normal University Museum

The Cebu Normal University museum consists of the permanent Collections of Pre-Spanish Era, Spanish Era, Philippine Revolution, Education Gallery, Natural History, and the Art Gallery sections.

The Cebu Normal University museum also features six puso designs, one for every class of gods in the ancient Cebuano animist religion.

Puso, the handy Cebuano invention which makes picnics so enjoyable, actually originated as an offering in religous rituals performed by our forebears during the pre-Spanish era.

The SUDLAY or harrow is a native farm implement used for breaking up large chunks of soil after plowing.

In the art gallery section, Cebu has a little-known classical tradition in sculpture, which has produced many examples of exceptional artistry.

The nude statue inspired by the very first Miss Universe, Armi Kuusela, was one of the later works of master sculptor Jovito Abellana, now in his 90's. Additionally, a bust of his granddaughter, done by award-winning sculptor Dr. Ramon Abellana and the American presence in our country is reflected in this bust of Abraham Lincoln, modeled from life by sculptor Leonard W. Volk in 1860.

Portrait of a typical Grade One teacher - one of the interesting items found in the Education Gallery of the CNU museum. More vintage photographs of early educators and their pupils are on exhibit in this gallery. The Pupils projects dating from the late Spanish and early American eras show fine workmanship can also be found in the gallery.

In the section on the Philippine Revolution is a portrait of the Mysterious Solomon Manalili, reputed to be the arms supplier of the Cebuano Katipuneros, He was later execute by the Spaniards.

The Spanish Era section features religious articles, such as this 1830's print entitled "La Verdadera Vina Cristiana". It also feature a brutal scene from World War II, painted by Cebuano artist Carmelo Tamayo can also be found.

In the Natural History section, the museum also contains a considerable collection of native flora and fauna.

Ambihid and Agusahis are two of our indigenous trees which have not yet been discovered by botanists. They are found in bonsai form in the museum.

The rock and mineral collection has some unusual-looking specimens. Opaline silica, Andesite, Weathered volcanic rock and Serpentinized Peridotite.

Cebu, as a coral-based island, is rich in fossils of various kinds. Many of these fossils are on display in the Natural History Section.

Address: Osmena Boulevard, Cebu City, Cebu

Telephone No. +63(32)253-6223, Fax. +63(32)254-1130

Museum Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, By appointment only

Admission Fees: Elem./High School   5.00
                          College Students   10.00
                          Adults/Professionals   20.00
                          Out-of-school youth and Special Children (in groups)   Free

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Archaeological Gallery of Univ. of San Carlos Museum

Various burial artifacts of pre-Hispanic Filipinos are exhibited at the Archaelogical Gallery. These include boat coffins, lime-stone burial jars and coffins and jars of earthenware. These burial practices attest to the pre-Hispanic Filipinos' belief in life after death and, as well, give evidence of artistic ability. Early pottery for trade abroad is also on display.

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The Spanish Colonial Gallery of Univ. of San Carlos Museum

The Spanish Colonial Gallery contains altar-pieces, religious images, wood-carvings, coins and baptismal records giving evidence of the Catholic heritage of the Philippines.

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The Ethnographic Gallery of Univ. of San Carlos Museum

The Ethnographic Gallery displays the material culture of tribal communities including weapons, ethnographic, costumes, ornaments and betel chewing containers.

Ethnolinguistic map show the distribution of tribal communities across the Philippines. Also exhibited are practices such as teeth mutilation and cranial deformation.

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The National Science Gallery of Univ. of San Carlos Museum

The Natural Science Gallery exhibits diverse flora and fauna of the Philippines. The display includes rare and endemic species of Philippine marine and terrestrial fauna as well as those that are endangered and vanishing.

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About University of San Carlos Museum

The University Museum was founded by Father Rudolf Rahmann, SVD, late anthropologist and former president of the University, 1967. The museum which is located to the right of the entrance of the University's Main Building on P. Del Rosario Street. has four galleries: Spanish Colonial, Ethonographic, Archeological and Natural Science.

Address: P. Del Rosario Street, Cebu City, Cebu

Telephone No. +63(32)253-1000 loc. 191

Contact person: Mrs. Malou Samson

Museum Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
                         Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Admission Fees: USC Free
                          Other Schools 10.00
                          General Public 30.00

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