BenCab Museum: The Heavens, Mountains and the Cordilleras

Updated: July 17, 2017

There are a number of attractions located outside the city of Baguio. One of which is BenCab museum in Tuba, Benguet which houses contemporary Filipino arts expressing cultural heritage of the Cordilleras.

Many travelers love to visit Baguio City not just because of its cold and comforting climate but also its accessibility to a number of tourist destinations. The city is surrounded with other municipalities of Benguet and going beyond the highly-urbanized city will let you explore and discover new attractions that are once unknown to the masses. We took a jeep from Baguio City and bolted our way to Asin Road in Tuba, Benguet wherein we visited a museum positioned on a promontory of forests and mountains.

Asin road is a continuous descending street tracing the mountain edges of Benguet. While riding the jeep, I was amazed on the beautiful landscape and scenery with houses scattered along these boondocks and it felt like I was in a heavenly place because of the clouds shrouding the high altitude municipality. Alighting from the stop, we walked a few meters going to the museum. It was really cold amid past noon and the wind kept on drying our skin.

The House of Modern Contemporary Arts

Entrance sign of BenCab Museum

This is BenCab museum. One of its main founder is Mr. Benedicto “BenCab” Cabrera, declared as one of the national artist in the Philippines. He is known as a master of Filipino contemporary arts and has been in the industry for four decades. This museum houses modern contemporary art with the will to preserve the environment and the cultural heritage of the Cordilleras.

Artwork at the Entrance of BenCab Museum

Upon entering the main hall of the museum, we were greeted with a group portrait depicting random faces of the people in Cordillera. It simply reflects their way of life presented in their sun-kissed skin and strength in their facial expression. The people of Cordillera were known warriors during the time of Spanish colonialism.

Here we paid for the entrance ticket and it will not cost you that much. It is also beneficial because the proceeds of the tickets will be donated to their own foundation. After paying for the ticket, we sauntered towards the heart of the museum.

White clean hallway of Bencab Museum

The whole museum is undoubtedly clean, white and pristine. Since the place is located on a high-altitude municipality, it only needs natural ventilation. The interior design is modern in structure and most doorways, walls and windows are made up of glass.

Exploring the Galleries

The museum is divided to a number of galleries with a specific theme. Most artworks in this museum are created by BenCab himself with some art pieces made by other artists in the Philippines.

Artworks displayed in BenCab Museum

An example of the galleries we visited is the Cordillera Gallery which highlights native items and tools indigenous to the people of Cordillera. It  also represents their culture and heritage. There were also a number of paintings displayed on the other sections of the museum.

paintings and artworks in bencab museum

A visitor viewing the paintings in BenCab Museum

Small paintings at the Maestro gallery of Bencab museum

A woman posing on a painting at Bencab Museum

Paintings on the wall inside Maestro Gallery in BenCab Museum

Visitor in BenCab Museum at the mountain view window

Sculptures and statues on the main lobby of BenCab Museum

Statues and sculptures displayed in BenCab Museum

We explored the museum easily because of its organized interior design and the arrangements of each art pieces are well planned. It is also relaxing due to the cool mountain winds circulating the whole place. We also discovered a lot about the culture and heritage of the Cordilleras and I was able to learn more about their history as well.

The Heavens and the Mountains

I found this museum somehow similar to Pinto Art in Antipolo City. Likewise, Pinto Art museum is also located on a mountaintop and its structures and buildings are starkingly comparable. On the other hand, BenCab museum is quite different because of its location highlighting the forest and mountains. The museum is around three-storeys in height and each floors has a balcony which enabled us in appreciating the wonders of nature.

Misty mountain view at BenCab Museum

Balcony in BenCab Museum

At the balcony of BenCab Museum viewing the mountains

The clouds were touching us when we visited BenCab museum. It is transformational. It’s like nature’s way of covering the mountains and forests into something heavenly. The beautiful artworks and the breathtaking view are memorable which makes BenCab museum unique among the other museums in the country.

The museum also has a cafe located at the ground floor and it has a garden in it. This will be featured on a separate post. For now, I highly recommend visiting this museum. Appreciate and support Filipino arts and learn more about the culture and heritage of the Cordilleras.

BenCab Museum

Museum Location

Address: Km 6 , Asin Road, Tadiangan, Tuba, Benguet, Philippines.

How to Visit BenCab Museum

  • If you have a private vehicle, I recommend using the Waze or Google Maps App for navigation. You just need a stable internet connection if you’re going to use the app.
  • Commuting on the other hand is also easy, there’s a jeepney terminal located in Kayang Street located west side of Baguio City Hall (kindly check the map above for reference). Look for the jeep going to Asin Road in Tuba, Benguet or ask the locals in the area. The fare is around ₱11.
  • You can also have a taxi ride from the city going to BenCab Museum but the fare would be more expensive.

General Information

  • The museum is open every Tuesdays to Sundays from 0900H to 1800H. It is close every Mondays and Christmas and New Year’s day.
  • The entrance ticket costs ₱120 ($2.40). Discounted prices are also available for students with valid school ID (₱100 per head), senior citizens and persons with disabilities (₱80 per head).
  • A guided tour can be requested in the reception area.
  • Outside food and drinks are not allowed inside the museum’s premises. You can have some refreshments or a meal in their own cafe located at the bottom floor of the museum.
  • Still photography are allowed but flash is not permitted as well as video recording.
  • If you want to know about our experience in BenCab’s own cafe then click here.

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14 thoughts on “BenCab Museum: The Heavens, Mountains and the Cordilleras

  1. I would love to visit a museum like this, on top of a mountain. I like to explore art, even if I don’t really understand it sometimes, but it does make you open your mind and think about what the artist must have felt to create it. I think I have seen some similar exhibitions in London, in a temporary gallery at the British Museum. It was really beautiful


    1. If you will visit the Philippines, go up north here in Baguio City and visit this museum 🙂 You’ll surely love it!


  2. Have always found museums to be fascinating, all kinds of museums. Art, Science, History, all subjects equally interesting. The Bencab museum is indeed a window to the history and culture of the place. A great way to have an immersive experience of the place.


  3. Ben Cab museum is a testament of the rich culture in the cordillera region. I am very much fascinated how cordillera has been home to a lot of our great artists. Definitely worth a visit.

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  4. Bencab is one of the places that I recommend to friends when going to Baguio. I do think it’s important what this museum plays in preserving the Igorot culture. I was with a group when I went there and my companions went on a guided tour, I preferred going off on my own though. It’s amazing that photo with the view of the clouds. Wish I’d been Bencab in that kind of weather condition.


    1. When the clouds shrouded the whole place, everything looks heavenly and magical. It was February when we visited this place and the weather is truly comforting 🙂


  5. I m not usually a museum lover. But the variety of artifacts and the paintings at Bencab museum intrigue me. I love the way the exhibits are displayed in a clutter-free way in the minimal surroundings. It is interesting to know that most of the art pieces are made by one person.

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  6. This museum is truly one of a kind, aside from its located near Baguio City, it also owns a beautiful art crafts. I haven’t heard about this Musuem yet and I’ll surely pen this on my bucket list. I once have visited Baguio City and I’ll include this on my next visit, at least I have another reason to visit Baguio again.


    1. Visit Baguio again sir and enjoy the cool fresh air. There are so many new things to see in Baguio and one of it is this museum 🙂


  7. I love all things art! Bencab museum certainly seems like a place I would definitely love to check out.

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  8. I love visiting museums when i visit a new place. Helps me get to know about the culture in the quickest manner possible. Thanks for an informative post. Bencab Museum looks like a treasure of culture and heritage! Out of all the modes of travel to the Bencab museum, I would love to try out a Jeepney. I have heard so much about it!


    1. If you’re going to visit the Philippines you should really try riding a jeep. It’s our common form of transportation here and it’s all part of our culture 🙂

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  9. I like visiting museums in general since they help you get acquainted with the culture and history of the place. I particularly like the house of modern art for the concept that it’s trying to tell – preserving the environment and the lifestyle of it’s tribes by making visitors acquainted with it in the first place. Really appreciate that!


    1. I agree, it brings awareness to its visitors and make us support the purpose it serves. 🙂


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