Museum of the Katipunan, the Philippines

Museum of the Katipunan - outside Museum of the Katipunan -galleries

The Katipunan, founded on 7 July 1892, was a clandestine organization aiming to gain independence from Spain through armed means. However, it was denounced to the Spanish authorities in August 1896. Determined to overthrow the colonial regime, Supremo Andres Bonifacio led a group of katipuneros toward San Juan del Monte on the night of 29 August 1896 and, by daybreak, attacked the ammunition depot and water reservoir. Armed only with homemade guns, bamboo spears, and bolos, the Filipino revolutionaries bravely faced Spanish forces despite being outnumbered and outgunned. Though the Katipunan met a tragic loss at San Juan del Monte, their heroism fueled the resolve of other Filipino in nearby provinces to take up arms and support the Philippine revolution.

The Museo ng Katipunan (Museum of the Katipunan) provides an entertaining approach to learning about the Katipunan, its primary movers and their actions. Beyond the Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Jacinto, and other known katipuneros, the Museum memorialises the valiant efforts of the countless Filipino revolutionaries who fought for Philippine independence.

The Museum of the Katipunan is managed by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

Permanent collections of the Museum of the Katipunan include the following:

  • A collection of bladed weapons and rifles used during the Philippine Revolution
  • A collection of amulets in pendant form and textiles used by Filipino revolutionaries
  • A collection of paintings depicting scenes in the Philippine Revolution

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