Historical Society Museum in Davao - Philippines
Something like a counterpart of the Davao Museum in Insular Village I in Lanang District, the Davao Historical Society Museum along Magallanes Street near Magsaysay Park (now Osmena Park) also showcases historical artifacts and records plus a wealth of information on Davao’s indigenous cultures.
It was a brainchild of various groups spearheaded by the Davao Historical Society. There ought to be a museum where history and culture is preserved and presented to the public—both young and old—in a comprehensive manner. Thus, the Davao Historical Society Museum was born.
The museum had to be housed in an equally historical venue—something of the distant past but still relevant in the present time. So the Court of First Instance (CFI) building at the corner of Magallanes (now Pichon) and Claveria (now C.M. Recto) Streets was chosen—near the Bolton River. The building then was housing the National Disaster Coordination Council. It had to be transferred and soon the Davao Historical Society Museum had a home.
We can peek at the city’s past by a visit to Davao Historical Society Museum and see for ourselves artifacts and relics, among many others, dug and collected by the Society members themselves. These are fascinating finds and eye openers on the backgrounds of the different cultures in the city. The Davao Historical Society Museum is open to students, tourists, and everyone, young people or the elderly, interested in the origins of Davao.
Together with the Society, the City Administrator’s Office, the city council on culture and arts, the City Council of Davao, CHED, and UP Mindanao formed the team that conceptualized the plan that concretized into the Davao Historical Society Museum.
The Davao Historical Society Museum is near the A. Bonifacio Monument and San Pedro Cathedral on San Pedro Street, and Maguindanao Hotel along C.M. Recto. It’s also within easy distance from the Royal Mandaya on Palma Gil Street, Apo View on Pelayo Street, and Marco Polo on M. Roxas Avenue.
Shopping centers near Davao Historical Society Museum are Habana Compound on C. Bangoy, Station 91 on A. Bonifacio, Aldevinco Shopping Center on C.M. Recto, and Gaisano South Mall on Illustre. After a swell meal or a shopping spree we may consider dropping by the museum for some Davao City history refresher.
The museum staff and guides are friendly and accommodating. They will answer queries and even offer backgrounders on the displayed pieces or data. A visit to the Davao Historical Society Museum will prove very rewarding.