Museo Sugbo is located in what was once the Carceldel Distrito, the main prison of the Visayan Islands. Designed in 1869 by Don Domingo de Escondrillas, construction commenced in 1871. It is said that the huge coral stone blocks of the Parian Church nearby were used to build the prison walls after the church was demolished in the 1870s.

The infrastructure has witnessed significant events in Cebu’s history. It served as a prison for the Katipuneros during the Spanish Occupation. In the early American period, the Carcel was also used as a stable for horses that competed in a hippodrome nearby (what is today Hippodromo in Barangay Mabolo). After the liberation, Cebuanos who collaborated with the Japanese were incarcerated here as well.

It served as the Cebu Provincial Jail from the American up to the Post-war period. The front part of the building became the Cebu City Jail in 1945 until it departed in 1975. In the 1980s, the Carcel was renamed the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) after the inmates were moved to CPDRC in 2004 to a more spacious modern complex in Kalunasan, eventually giving rise to the Cebu Dancing inmates phenomenon.

The old Carcel is now a repository of Cebu’s rich history and was inaugurated into a museum on August 5, 2008. From four galleries, Museo Sugbo today has 11 fully air-conditioned exhibits with two other interrelated museums: the National Historical Commissions and the National Archives of the Philippines.


Four rooms comprise the Museo Sugbo Permanent Exhibition Galleries, providing the visitor with a treasure trove of important objects and artifacts which makes Cebu truly the premier province of the country. Over a thousand years of the past, from the New Stone Age up to end of the Japanese Occupation are showcased in the galleries, including Spanish-era documents, American-era photographs and WW II armaments.

Spanish Era



Vicente Rama Memorabilia


Gregorio & Jovito Abellana Special Exhibition


Cebu Journalism and Journalists

Art of Cebuano

National Historical Commission of the Philippines

Museum of Cultural and Political History


National Archives of the Philippines

Art of Cebuano

Panoramic Scenery

For rental admission:

Resident of the Philippines

      • ₱30 – Adults
      • ₱10 – Students, Senior Citizens, and PWDs


      • ₱75 – Adults
      • ₱50 – Students, Senior Citizens, and PWDs

MuseoSugbo also accommodates those who wish to reserve the museum as venue for special functions in the following rates:

2nd Floor San Lorenzo Bldg – P3,000 (good for 4 hours, set-up time free of charge)

Quadrangle – P4,500 (good for 6 hours, set-up time free of charge)


For reservations and bookings contact Museo Sugbo at 239-5626.

Cebu Provincial Capitol, Cebu City, Cebu 6000

Phone: (032) 888-2313 local 1131

Tel. Fax: (032) 253-5642

Mon-Fri (8:00AM – 5:00PM)


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