About City Museum
This museum used to be a water tank built in 1922. The water tower survived the war and now known to be oldest public structure in the city. The restoration and conversion of the water tower by the city government was lauded by the National Museum of the Philippines for its “adaptive reuse of a heritage structure.” This cylindrical building located beside the Archbishop’s Palace, fronting Gaston Park. Ever since it was opened to public, the city museum has become one of the tourist destinations here in Cagayan de Oro City.The water tower-turned-museum has three floors that showcase different antiques, memorabilia, and other artifacts & items that tell of interesting stories about Cagayan de Oro and its people. The ground level of the museum holds photos of Kagay-anon personalities who have contributed a lot in the history of the city and in making it become progressive. It also shows photos of well-known families in Cagayan de Oro. The second and third levels of the museum show photos of the important events that took place in the city; there’s even a photo of the construction of the Water Tower in 1921.The City Museum is open from 9:30 am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday and closed on weekends and holidays. Everyone is encouraged to visit, so there is no entrance fee. It is managed by the city government, with assistance from the CDO Historical and Cultural Commission.