Part of our Davao city tour is visiting Museo Dabawenyo and D’ Bone Collector Museum. The two museums will give you a learning experience even with only 30 minutes of your time.
Museo Dabawenyo was established by the City Government of Davao and was first opened to the public on March 14, 2008. It is one of the two museums showcasing the rich history and culture of Davao, the other one is the Davao Museum. They say Museo Dabawenyo is smaller than Davao Museum but admission is free.
A tour guide is available for all visitors who will show the different parts of the museum while giving a short history and background. Museo Dabawenyo is divided into four parts, housing collections of various arts and crafts, antiques and memorabilia. Some unique finds include several indigenous materials used by the different tribes of Davao like their weapons. You can also find maps pencil drawn by the Japanese during their occupation in the country. A gallery for Datu Bago awardees can be spotted as well. Datu Bago award is named after Davao’s local hero and is the highest honor given to a Davaoeño for his service to the Davaoeños.
Taking photos is strictly prohibited inside the museum. You can only take some shots at the museum’s staircase.
Contact Details and Other Info
Operating Hours: Tues – Sun, 9AM to 6PM
Admission Fee: Free
Contact No. : (082) 222-6011
Websites: http://www.davaocity.gov.ph/museo/, https://www.facebook.com/museodabawenyo
Address: Cor. A. Pichon and C.M. Recto Sts., Davao City
D’ Bone Collector Museum
Aside from the two museums providing the history of Davao, another one can also be found in the place, D’ Bone Collector Museum. It’s the first museum in Mindanao to feature a unique collection of a wide variety of well-preserved skeletons of different forms of animals like deer, turtles, horses, snakes, crocodiles, butterflies and insects, birds and dolphins.
The museum is established and owned by Darrell D. Blatchley who had been collecting animal bones since he was young. Outstanding among his collection is the skeletal remains of a sperm whale which is displayed at the center of the museum.
Some of the skeletons were bought while some were donated by friends and various organizations. Aside from preserving, they also perform autopsy on dead animals’ bodies. From one of their autopsies, they discovered a stomach full of garbage to be the cause of death of a blainville’s beaked whale. The museum is more than just a fancy collection; it actually aims to promote environmental awareness among people.
You can catch Mr. Blatchley personally organizing stuffs at the museum. Guides are also around to assist visitors and to give a background of the different skeletal remains displayed. The museum opened for public viewing on January 2012. It is divided into three floors. The first one is the admission area where some souvenirs can also be bought. The second and third floors are where the bone collections are exhibited.
Contact Details and Other Info
Operating Hours: Mon – Fri, 10AM to 5PM
Admission Fee: PHP50
Contact Nos. : 09214808920 / 09196240744
Address: San Pedro St. Davao City