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Inside Museo Sorsogon | Prison Jail Turned Museum

May 27, 2022

I love variety when it comes to traveling. I love a mix of adventure and chill-time which includes a visit to a museum.

One of the places to visit in Sorsogon is the Museo Sorsogon. It is centrally located at the Old Provincial Jail Building at the Capitol Compound, Barangay Burabod, Sorsogon City,

Museo Sorsogon Location
Museo Sorsogon Location
Museo Sorsogon Location

What makes the Museo Sorsogon so interesting and charming, is that it was once a courtroom and provincial jail. A century-old building with so many stories now tells the history, culture, and heritage of Sorsogon.

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Inside Museo Sorsogon , Sorsogon Museum
Inside Museo Sorsogon , Sorsogon Museum
Inside Museo Sorsogon , Sorsogon Museum

We decided to wear our #ExcitingBicol shirts

Having visited several museums in other countries, I am quite impressed with how Museo Sorsogon laid out history and artifacts in such engaging and visually stimulating displays. There is no one spot that is boring or plain. For every gallery section that we explored, I couldn’t even decide which display to focus on. I wish we had more time to read and really absorb everything in the museum.

Inside Museo Sorsogon , Sorsogon Museum

Inside Museo Sorsogon , Sorsogon Museum

Inside the Bartolina

Inside Museo Sorsogon , Sorsogon Museum

Museo Sorsogon has 10 Galleries:

Gallery 1: “Ang Lalawigan ng Sorsogon: Ang mga Bayan at Lungsod Nito” (The Province2 of Sorsogon3: Its Municipalities9 and City)

Gallery 2: “Panahong Prehistoriko at Pagsisimula ng mga Pamayanan” (The Prehistoric Period and the Beginning of Communities)

Gallery 3: “Sorsogon noong Panahon ng mga Espanyol” (Sorsogon3 during the Spanish Period)

Gallery 4: “Rebolusyon sa Sorsogon” (Sorsogon3 Revolution)

Gallery 5: “Sorsogon sa Pananakop ng mga Amerikano” (Sorsogon3 During the American Occupation

Gallery 6: “Sorsogon sa Pananakop ng mga Hapon” (Sorsogon3 During the Japanese Occupation1

Gallery 7: “Pagbangon at Pag-unlad” (Rise and Development)

Gallery 8: “Mga Industriya ng Sorsogon” (Sorsogon Industries), features 4 products: niyog (mature coconut), pagpapanday (blacksmithing), pili (pili nut) and abaka (abaca)

Gallery 9: “Pantomina sa Tinampo”

Gallery 10: “Mga Pook Pasyalan sa Sorsogon”

Inside Museo Sorsogon , Sorsogon Museum
Inside Museo Sorsogon , Sorsogon Museum
Inside Museo Sorsogon , Sorsogon Museum

I like how the museum retains the original prison cells, bartolina, and even the graffiti on the staircase.

Artwork inside the museum

Amazed by the sturcture and design of the museum

Gallery showing Sorsogon’s destinations and products

Mirorring the Guinnes World Record for the Largest Folkdance

At the back of the museum is an open amphitheater for hosting performances and events. The Kape-Terya (Cafeteria) and the Kape-Tolyo (coffee shop) are dining areas inside the amphitheater. On a normal journey, you might find me sitting there and enjoying a cup of coffee, but for this particular day, we skipped coffee for a more thrilling adventure (more on that in the next blog!).

Inside Museo Sorsogon , Sorsogon Museum
Inside Museo Sorsogon , Sorsogon Museum

I really enjoyed our short visit to the Museo Sorsogon which allowed us to understand and connect with Sorsogon’s history. Please add Museo Sorsogon in your Sorsogon Itinerary.

Museum Entrance Fee: Php 20/head

Museum Hours: 8:30am to 11:30pm and 1:00pm – 4:30pm on Mondays, 8:30am to 11:30pm on Tuesdays, and 8:30am to 4:30pm during Wednesdays to Fridays. They are closed during weekends and holidays.

Check out Museo Sorsogon on Facebook for updates on schedule and museum hours.

Thank you Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines for having me!

Thank you to @renassans for some of the photos in this blog.

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