Museyo Kutawato, the first ever museum in Cotabato Province, is now open to the public.
Its soft opening was on April 10. And will be officially launched on April 19.
Museyo Kutawato is located inside the provincial capitol ground in Amas, Kidapawan City.
One can never miss this edifice as it is the most modern building in the province with its green glass and metal frames.
Inside, the museum contains artifacts ranging from house items to agricultural tools to even war materiels that has become part of the daily life of the people of Cotabato since time immemorial.
The museum is a two-storey building with a lobby, reception area, offices, storage room, laboratory, audio-visual room, and art gallery areas.
With a curatorial theme “Embracing Diversity, Cotabato Unity”, Museyo Kutawato embodies unity among the people of the province composed of indigenous (lumads), Muslims, and Christians.
The museum showcases the rich culture and traditions of the tri-people as well as the struggles the people endure for peace and unity.
It was in 2014 when the provincial government under Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza first conceptualized the museum.
A curatorial team was created who invited former Museum Association of the Philippines President Dr. Antonio Julian Montalvan as consultant.
Since then, Gov. Taliño-Mendoza kept track of their plan to have the first state-of-the-art museum in the province, if not the whole Mindanao.
At present, there are an estimated 308 artifacts entrusted by its owners to the Museyo Kutawato for the people to see and fully understand the history of the province.
One of the highlights of the said museum is the diorama of the landscape of the province enclosed in a thick glass wherein visitors could step on it and have their selfies.