Samar Archeological Museum in Calbayog

Samar Archeological MuseumThe first ever to be established in the province of Samar, this museum is one of the vital contributions of Christ the King College in preserving the rich cultural heritage of the Filipino people. A collection of many artifacts gathered from all points of Samar Island, the museum also houses ancient coins, jars, Chinawares, bracelets and beads that date back to as early as the 14th century. The place can easily be visited at Christ the King College within the Calbayog City proper.  Opened on April 11, 1970, the museum houses a collection of archeological artifacts including burial jars and covers, log coffin, jarlets, cups, bowls, saucers and dishes of the 15th Century, coins, heirlooms, old household items, and religious items.

The Samar Archeological Museum and Research Center is situated on Christ the King College in Calbayog City. The museum was opened in 1970 and was the first museum on the entire Samar Island. It features numerous collections and exhibits of archeological finds. These artifacts include several notable pieces which can be traced back centuries. For example, there are jars and covers, log coffins, saucers and dishes dated to the 14th century. The Samar Archeological Museum and Research Center is also home to coins, household items, heirlooms and some religious items including chalices and altars.

The Samar Archeological Museum was established in 1969 by Fr. Cantius Kobak, a Polish missionary assigned to the Philippines who saw the lack of public awareness about Samar’s history and culture.

Since opening to the public in 1970, the museum has been able to preserve the island’s cultural treasures and expose younger generations to histories past. Artifacts of early Samarnon life include knives, arrow heads, and bowls.

As in most museums, the Samar Archeological Museum deals not just with life but with death, too. Aside from the burial jars and wooden coffins, a highlight of the tour is getting to see the remains of early Samarnons.

Most of the artifacts were found in Capul, a small island under the jurisdiction of Samar—proof that culture knows no area, that each town has a story to tell.

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