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Step into the Sistine Chapel—in Manila

See the grandeur of Michelangelo’s masterpieces in this traveling multi-sensory exhibit at Estancia Mall

Sistine Chapel
A first in Southeast Asia, 'Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel : The Exhibition' is in the Philippines to present iconic frescoes in a never-before-seen format.
Sistine Chapel

A visual feast of Michelangelo’s iconic artwork at ‘Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition,’ second floor, North Wing of Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Pasig City

Sistine Chapel

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. at the opening of the exhibit, with event organizer Arnold Co

A first in Southeast Asia, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition is running from July 1 to Sept. 30, 2023, organized by ATIN Global Inc. and SEE Global Entertainment Inc.

This globally successful multi-sensory exhibit—which has been all around the world, from New York to Shanghai, London to  Melbourne, Vienna to Los Angeles, among major cities—is now on the second floor, North Wing of the Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Pasig City. Visitors will have a rare opportunity to wonder at Michelangelo’s masterpieces up close and life-size. It should be a good experience for art lovers, historians, students, and travelers alike.

Michelangelo, the Renaissance artist called “Il Divino” (“The Divine One”) for his otherworldly masterpieces, has 34 iconic frescoes on display in this exhibit, such as The Last Judgment and The Creation of Adam.

Through the ingenious use of cutting-edge technology, meticulous research, and precise reproductions, the exhibit “lifts the artist’s work off the Sistine Chapel’s ceilings” and brings them to eye level, so visitors can observe the divine figures, dynamic compositions, and expressive faces with newfound clarity and appreciation. Each image has informative signage and audio guide, which visitors can access by downloading the “Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel” app on their personal headsets.

Stepping into Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition is like being transported to the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. Guests will feel immersed in a new era. The multi-sensory experience begins with the ambient Renaissance music specially curated by Manila Symphony Orchestra conductor Marlon Chan. The scents of the era even linger throughout the halls—patchouli, sandalwood, and frankincense.

Mall-goers get a preview of what’s inside as Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment is displayed along the halls of Estancia, to beckon people to the exhibit.

While in the actual Sistine Chapel, guests are not allowed to take photos inside the chapel or of any Michelangelo’s works, in this exhibit, visitors can take photos and videos (without flash).

The venue is Instagrammable—wall-mounted fluorescent angel wings, photo booths where pictures can be loaded on phone, email, or printed for a minimal fee.

There’s the Sistine Souvenir Shop for souvenirs and merchandise

There’s an Art Room where kids and parents can bond by coloring black-and-white images on the Art Wall. Guests can also give small donations to benefit partner charities.

Food and drinks are served at the curated Caffe Michelangelo, a unique dining experience that marries art and culinary delights featuring Italian desserts and coffees.

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition provides a cultural journey, merging the rich heritage of Italian Renaissance art with the vibrant Philippine arts scene. The exhibit is in partnership with Globe, Philippine Airlines, Department of Tourism, Security Bank. SMDC, Globaltronics, Philippine Red Cross, The Master’s Lighthouse Foundation, and Called To Rescue Philippines.

A portion of the proceeds earned from every ticket sale will benefit The Hapag Movement, a Globe-led initiative that brings together an ecosystem of partners and leverages technology to fight involuntary hunger; and through the Philippine Red Cross’ National Blood Service Program, which aims to deliver adequate, safe, and quality blood supply to the most vulnerable.

Tickets are available at the exhibit or online via

The exhibition rents out spaces for corporate events and special private dinners, weddings, and product launches. For group bookings, schools, and organizations, contact Sistine Chapel Philippines via landline at tel. no. 8631-5470, Danika Cruz via mobile at (0945) 798-7612, or Andre Trinidad at (0915) 306-2273. Email [email protected].

Adult (Weekday) – P650
Adult (Weekend) – P750
Senior/Student/PWD (only available over the counter) – P500
Group ticket (6 pax) – P3,300
VIP Priority (Skip the queue) P950

For further information, visit Stay tuned for updates and announcements at Instagram and Tiktok @sistinechapelphilippines, as well as Facebook @chapelsistine.

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