The Aga Khan Museum in Marawi

Aga Khan Museum Mindanao State University Marawi City Lanao Del Sur Location Muslim Collection Exhibit Display Building History Construction Culture History Values Arts Hours Open Mosque Artifacts The Aga Khan Museum is located at the Mindanao State University in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur Province. The University Museum was opened on June 13, 1962 as a one-room affair by Dr. Mamitua Saber. Known today as the Aga Khan Museum, it has the biggest Philippine Muslim collection in the country. It is named after His Royal Highness, Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, whose donation made the construction of the building possible. The Museum was inaugurated on March 23, 1969. The museum has a mandate to collect and preserve folk artwork specimens and artifacts of the Muslim people and other native minorities; organize a systematic collection that could be useful to scholars, researchers of Philippine Muslim culture; promote research in and to provide assistance to the revival and restoring of folk arts; spread knowledge about the people of these regions in effort towards cultural integration.

Today, the museum is one of the significant spots for tourist attractions in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur. Countless vacationers flock yearly to the museum of the “Moro Wars” (jihadic battles by Muslims against the Spaniards and Americans) as captured by the implements used in combat (lantacans or brass canons, krises and kampilans). Other items of cultural interest are the miniaturized, pagoda-type mosques, replicas or portions of the torogan (Maranao royal house), musical instruments (kolintang ensemble, kobing), farm implements, bird traps, and many more. The museum is open free of charge, Monday thru Friday and may be open on Saturday, Sunday and non – working holidays upon request.

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