Museum of Arts and Cultures
The SLU museum is an ethnographic museum. Its collections are generally cultural artifacts which come mainly from the Cordillera Region, i.e. from Benguet, Ifugao, Mountain Province, Kalinga, Apayao, and Abra. A few collections come from the Lowlands. A section of the museum contains Spanish religious relics. Classified as a University community museum that caters to the needs of the students in the university and visitors (local and foreign), the museum is one of the recognized museums in the Cordillera and in Northern Luzon.
The museum adopted the theme, “Unity in Cultural Diversity” as a fitting theme to represent the diversity of cultures in the region and the hope of contributing to subsequent development of the attitude of cultural sensitivity and tolerance among the students in particular and other visitors in general. Guided by the belief that a bridging between cultures becomes possible and meaningful only when the culture and traditions of a people are objectively appreciated and understood by others, the museum is true to its commitment of serving the student community, researchers, tourists, excursionists, and other university visitors.
Nature of Collections
Most of the collections in the museums were donated by students of the university, benefactors, parents, and other individuals who believe in the objectives and commitment of the museum and the university in the preservation and promotion of the cultures and arts of the people.
The range of collections include the following: Igorot house structures, dress and adornments, loom weaving tools/implements, kitchen ware and implements, farming tools/implements, food collecting tools/implements, rice processing tools/implements, fishing implements, carpentry tools, wood carving tools, weapons/fighting paraphernalia, sugar cane presser, gold processing paraphernalia, food storage/containers, transport baskets/containers, musical instruments, wood carved statues and art works, rain protectors, Chinese porcelain/ceramics, potteries, traditional ornaments, burial artifacts and photo documentation, traditional religious paraphernalia, lowland religious paraphernalia and Spanish religious relics, ethnographic reports, pictorials of selected museum collections, and a mini-diorama of Ifugao rituals, festivals, and household activities/occupations, among others.
The museum usually provides visitors basic orientation, lectures and / or demonstrations on the Cordillera culture to students, researchers, tourists, excursionists, and other university visitors. It also provides outreach services such as technical assistance in the development and setting up of other museums in the region.
Museum Location and Schedule
The museum is presently housed at the Second Floor, Msgr. Charles Vath Library Building, SLU Libraries, Saint Louis University, Baguio City. It is opened daily to the public from Monday to Saturday, 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Group/Class visits need prior arrangement. Admission is free.