On the eve of his execution, Jose Rizal sadly wrote to his family to bid them farewell, “I would like to see each one of you before dying, though it may cost much pain. Come the most valiant, I have some important things to say.” Serenely accepting his tragic fate, he composed his untitled valedictory poem, which came to be known “Mi Ultimo Adios.” On 30 December 1896, Rizal calmly faced the firing squad in Bagumbayan.

Reconstructed in 1953 after its destruction in World War II, the Museo ni Jose Rizal Fort Santiago pays tribute to Jose Rizal through its themed settings and relics reflecting his life, achievements, and last hours before his execution. The museum has five galleries:

Gallery 1 

SILID PAGNINILAY

contains facsimiles of his letters to his siblings, parents, and colleagues.

 

Gallery 2: 

SILID PIITAN

is Rizal’s actual prison cell, which contains a life-size wax effigy of Rizal by National Artist for Sculture Guillermo Tolentino.

Gallery 3: 

SILID PAGLILITIS

replicates Rizal’s trial at the Cuartel de EspaƱa through a dramatic light and sound presentation.

Gallery 4: 

KABAYANIHAN

contains a variety of artifactssuch as clothing, photographs, replicas of Rizal’s alcohol stove and valedictory poem, a piece of Rizal’s vertebra enshrined in a reliquary, and the mural-size painting of Rizal’s execution by National Artist for Painting Carlos V. Francisco

Gallery 5: 

SILID PAMANA

houses various reproduction of Rizal’s sculptures, original sketches, personal effects, photographs, and specimens of insects and reptiles named after Rizal

Supplementing the different galleries of the museum are the audio-visual room and Mi Ultimo Adios pathway where translations of Rizal’s valedictory poem are on display.

 

Rizal Shrine Fort Santiago

MUSEO NI JOSE RIZAL, FORT SANTIAGO, INTRAMUROS, MANILA

St. Clara Street, Brgy. 656, intramuros, Manila
Museum Curator: Mr. Jude Roland Ay-Ay
Telephone Number: 263-8821
Cellphone Number: 09178519548
Email: museonijoserizalfortsantiago@gmail.com