Located in the heart of the city, within the walls of the Intramuros, Casa Manila is both a striking example of Spanish colonial architecture and a working museum dedicated to preserving the history of the Spanish colonial lifestyle in the Philippines. Housed in a beautifully executed reproduction of a traditional Spanish colonial house (at the behest of the infamous Imelda Marcos), Casa Manila is filled with incredible antique furnishings and decorative objects, as well as an impressive collection of artwork from the colonial period. Guided tours are readily available, but whether you choose to join a group or venture on your own, you’re sure to enjoy the terrific splendor on hand. At the end of your visit, refresh yourself with a cup of coffee or iced tea in the outdoor courtyard, which features a lovely fountain.
While you are free to roam the many rooms and halls of Casa Manila on your own, the friendly staff won't hesitate to remind you of the “Look, don’t touch” policy at the museum. Many of the objects housed there are delicate, so be sure to pay attention when visiting with small children. Access to the area is limited, so it’s advisable to flag down one of the many affordable taxis if you're venturing to Casa Manila from outside the Intramuros. Admission is 75 PHP for adults, and 50 PHP for children. It is located on General Luna Street at the Plaza Luis Complex, and the hours of operation are Tuesday through Sunday, 9 am to 6 pm.