Museo Dabawenyo is one of the two museums in Davao City. The other museum is known as the Davao Museum which is slightly bigger than Museo Dabawenyo and is located inside the Insular Village in Lanang.
The Museo Dabawenyo building is formerly the Court of First Instance. It was restored and rehabilitated to house and showcase the rich history and diverse cultural heritage of the people of Davao. It was established by the City Government of Davao, through the initiative of the 14th City Council under City Ordinance No. 0266-06, Series of 2006 signed into law by Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte on November 15, 2006. It was funded under the Special Education Fund of the Local School Board. The museum was first opened to the public during the 71st Araw ng Dabaw grand opening celebration on March 14, 2008.
Museo Dabawenyo is meters away from the Andres Bonifacio Rotunda and Osmeña Park and is situated along Fr. Selga Street going to Pichon Street. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday at 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, and 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. It is closed on Mondays for maintenance works and during Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Black Saturday, Easter Sunday, All Saints Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission is FREE to the viewing public.
Museo Dabawenyo is divided into four rooms:
The Indigenous People’s Gallery is a collection of arts, crafts, musical instruments, weapons and the like made by the different tribes who lived in the Davao.
The Moro People’s Gallery is a collection of miniature houses; lamps, boats, musical instruments, chairs, weapons, armors and crowns used by the Muslim people in Mindanao.
The Contemporary Gallery is a collection of classic and modern designs from wood carvings to paintings among many others.
The Memorabilia Gallery is a collection of olden day clothes, bills (money), musical notes, porcelains and many more.