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One Afternoon at the Butuan Museum

My friends and I had the chance lately to check out the National Museum of Region 13 or Caraga Region located in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte. This was actually my second visit to the museum as I had walked through its doors several years back during a trip in Butuan.
There are several interesting archaeological specimens and artifacts in the museum. These include pottery and jewelry among others which shows the trading history between the then Kingdom of Butuan between other countries like China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, India and even Persia. The trading relations existed as far back as 1000 AD between the Kingdom of Butuan and China.
I must mention here that one of the best archaeological finds in Butuan and the region are the balangay boats. There were also gold specimen dug out in the region but some of the best ones are now housed at the Ayala Museum in Makati. The Caraga Museum has a replica of the Golden Tara which was found in Esperanza, Agusan  sometime in 1918. This is a 21-carat golden figurine of a Hindu female deity. The original figurine is now housed at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois.
I would love to see the museum undergo some renovation 🙂 But all in all, revisiting the stories and objects on display at the museum somehow reconnected my present world to that of the past.  That one afternoon made me appreciate once again what had taken place in history and where we are today.

Note: Thanks to Japoy for taking the shot. This post is also linked with Tuesday Travels,  Blog Photo ChallengeThursday Brownies and Wednesday Whites.

19 thoughts on “One Afternoon at the Butuan Museum”

  1. I wish could visit the museum.. I love watching on ancient and antique stuffs.. history makes me curious..=_)
    visiting from 366 BPC

  2. Museums are the most Interesting places to visit for we can be able to learn our history. Thnks for linking this up to BPC.

  3. i have always been fascinated with museums too, but even if i haven’t been to a museum for eons now, my hubby is my perfect walking museum! hahahaha! ask him anything about history and the past, he would give you an answer! hehehe… anyway, would really love to visit one soon… was here for bpc!

  4. agree with chie. i wished every city could provide even a small museum to house its city’s history. for all the future generation to cherish.

  5. I have been here for a quick stopover and that was 10 years ago! Now, nisamot na ka-antique ang tan-awonon diri. Nice! 🙂
    Late BPC hop here!

  6. This is a perfect Tuesday Travels post! Thanks for joining last week’s TT, Ma’am! Please join again; linky for this week is now up! 🙂 Hope to see you!

  7. Museums give me gratitude in my heart for making me realize the difference between the past and the present 🙂 that’s one amazing artifact.
    our family

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