The Clark Museum – A Can’t Miss Delve into the Past, Present and Future
Learning important aspects of the past, the reality of the present, and the direction of the future is the best way to become endowed in the heart of the phenomenon known as the Clark Freeport. Here an extremely valuable informational resource is close by waiting for those with a curious mind. Learn some captivating history while vacationing in this new, exciting leisure and economic development territory.
The museum is housed in a 1980s-era building, the former headquarters of the 3rd Combat Support Group of the U.S. 13th Air Force. It is located along the Stotsenberg Parade Grounds area of Clark. The setting is parklike and is the ideal historic venue for the newly remodeled and expanded museum.
The Clark Museum features area-specific artifacts, impressive scenic dioramas, lifelike replicas, murals, old photos, and fantastic displays and exhibits. Many utilize fascinating interactivity to draw-in the engager and empower them to become more than simply a casual observer.
While the museums overall focus may be on history, it strives to keep current with the ground floor displays attentive to ongoing progress of current and future development and special events of the Clark Freeport Zone and the surrounding area. Here you’ll be offered new and continuously changing informative exhibits that keep you informed as to the latest happenings in and around Clark.
Four Main Galleries in The Clark Museum Experience.
Gallery 1: Between Arayat and Pinatubo, a Geo Hub for the Filipino Spirit. Here the geographical and geological aspects of Clark are explored in relation to the growth and development of a hub of leisure, commerce, communication, and industry.
Gallery 2: People’s Industry and Ingenuity – Filipino Spirit in Craft and Ritual: Focused on the town people in and around Clark and Central Luzon as well as the indigenous people of Mt Arayat and Mt Pinatubo, featuring their influence and participation in craft and ritual in the old military base and new Clark Freeport Zone.
Gallery 3: Interregnum: Clark Airfield – The Filipino Spirit Rechanneled: Here the significant influence of the United States Military is explored over the years from the early 1900s onward to the present. From colonial aspects to Philippine Government involvement in the security of the base, much U.S. military history in relation to geopolitics, social-economic and environment are explored in this gallery.
Gallery 4: Clark Freeport: Celebrating the Filipino Spirit Renewed and Rising: The focus of this gallery is the individual Filipino personalities and their contributions in the past, present and those forging into the future development of Clark. Various local Filipino leaders, managers, visionaries, technicians, workers, companies, and communities engaged, supporting, and benefiting from the development of the freeport are featured here.
The Clark Museum 4D Theater
You must include in your museum visit, a trip to the new 48-seat 4D theater. Here you’ll experience a 20-minute documentary film titled “Risen from the Ashes.” This is a professional produced and unique sensory presentation of Clark’s past and present offering an enthralling delve into the multi-faceted history of the region. You’ll also learn of the commercial, travel, hospitality, industrial economic, social, and continued long-term progress of Clark. This documentary presented in the 4D theater will not only educate you, but also immerse you in the 1991 Mt. Pinatubo eruption. Undergo a superior 3D picture and sound event with added 4D special effects such as mist, bubbles, and wind make for a realistic experience. This is a can’t miss opportunity to become a Clark aficionado while you enjoy a full-throttle display of new technology.
A few of the Early Military Displays at Clark Museum
See an old rail car used on the base and other old military hardware used in the beginning days of operation as a remote American army base of the 1900s. Also, see some original, old American uniforms the soldiers wore during the early decades. See original photos of some of the very first aviators from the U.S. 3rd Pursuit Squadron operated at Clark field from 1921 to 1938. A significant and impressive collection of model aircraft of the early 20th century and up to the 1980s depicting combat jets and large transport aircraft are also on display at this unique museum. Coinciding with the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Philippines fell to the Japanese in December 1941. Shortly after they lost Clark Airbase to the Japanese. Photographs and illustrations of Japanese kamikaze pilots who flew from the Clark as well as weapons, uniforms and other Japanese Army gear are part of the military aspects of museum exhibits.