The University Museum was opened on June 13, 1962 as a one-room affair by Dr. Mamitua Saber. Known today as the Aga Khan Museum, it has the biggest Philippine Muslim collection in the country. It is named after His Royal Highness, Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, whose donation made the construction of the building possible. The Museum was inaugurated on March 23, 1969.
Aga Khan Museum aims
- To collect and preserve folk art specimens and artifacts of the thirteen Muslim groups and other indigenous minorities of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan regions;
- To organize a systematic collection that is useful to scholars and researchers of the Philippine Muslim Culture;
- To encourage research and to lend assistance in the revival and salvaging of folk arts; and
- To spread knowledge about the people of these regions in an effort towards culture integration.
Today, the museum is one of the major spots for tourist attractions in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur. Countless visitors flock yearly to the museum of the “Moro Wars” (jihadic battles by Muslims against the Spaniards and Americans) as captured by the implements used in combat (lantacans or brass canons, krises and kampilans). Other items of cultural interest are the miniaturized, pagoda-type mosques, replicas or portions of the torogan (Maranao royal house), musical instruments (kolintang ensemble, kobing), farm implements, bird traps, and many more.
The museum is open free of charge, Monday thru Friday and may be open on Saturday, Sunday and non – working holidays upon request.