Silliman University Ethno-Anthro Museum

Silliman University one of the oldest institute of the Philippines founded by an American Businessman and Philanthropist Horace Brinsmade Silliman, also houses one of the top tourist destinations in Dumaguete City the Silliman Ehtno-Anthropology Museum.

The museum exhibits artifacts and archeological treasures dating some 2000 years ago. Aside from these archeological finds, the museum also showcases the ethnographic collection from tribal minorities in the country.

Silliman University holds and maintains three museums: the Anthropology Museum, the Gonzales Museum of Natural History, and the Marine Mammal Museum of the Institute of Environmental and Marine Sciences (IEMS.)

History of the Silliman University Entho-Anthropology Museum 

In all started in 1970 by an American Presbyterian missionary and also a former faculty member of the Sociology-Anthropology Department of Silliaman University. Dr. Hubert I. Reynolds thought to house the collection of the Cultural Research Center that started in 1964, the exhibits are extraordinary and priceless that dated as early as 200 BC.

It was built primarily to bring importance of the Filipino’s cultural heritage to the public. The collection of artifacts displayed is from fieldworks, excavations, purchases, and donations.

Location of the Silliman University Entro-Anthropology Museum 

Talk about history, the museum is located at one of the oldest building in Silliman University and considered to be one of the historical possessions of the country, the Silliman Hall. The museum is situated on the first floor of the hall and occupies the entire second and third floors.

The third section of Silliman Hall is a collection of both old and modern photos portraying the events that occurred during World War II and Japanese occupation in the Philippines.

The Exhibits of the Silliman University Entro-Anthropology Museum

The exhibits of Silliman Museum are divided into two categories and seven galleries: four artifacts found around the island of Negros, three for Philippine ethnic groups collection, and the mountainous areas of Cotabato.

Visitors can expect all sorts of prehistoric weapons, earthen jars, pre-Hispanic style coffins, some skulls, musical instruments, century-old potions from Siquijor, some paintings, and even style of clothing which are centuries old.

There is also a room which contains the Sultan Kiram collections.  

How to Get to the Silliman University Entro-Anthtropology Museum

The museum is a short walk from downtown Dumaguete and is less than ten minutes drive from the Dumaguete Airport. It is accessible by any means of transportation.

From downtown Dumaguete, one can take a pedicab that would cost 10 PHP fare. If you are coming from North or South, one can take the Ceres bus or V-hire and tell the driver to drop you off along the boulevard which is very close to Silliman University. 

Silliman University Ethno-Anthro Museum

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