December 30, 2010

Fort Pilar Museum

The National Museum housed in Fort Pilar in Zamboanga City has several collections related to the history of the city. Currently  the two main exhibits feature the Sama, Yakan and Subanen tribes that reside in the peninsula. The Sama and Yakans are sea-dwelling, while the Subanen are river people (the rootword of the tribe's name, suba, means river).

The exhibit includes several full-scale boats used by the two sea-faring cultures, several tools, weapons, fishing and farming implements, clothes, as well as dioramas that depict the dwellings of the three indigenous peoples. 

The museum, located in N.S. Valderoza Street, is open from Monday to Saturday, 8:30am to 5pm. Entrance is free.

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