(November 12, 1999 to November 12, 2002)
Museo Ilocos Norte showcases the varied ethnicity and multi-faceted cultural heritage of a sturdy, hard-working people known for their industry, resourcefulness and loyalty. The Museo nicknamed Gameng, from the Iloco word meaning treasure, symbolizes the wealth of Ilocos Norte.
Housed in the historic Tabacalera warehouse, the museum was primarily designed to instill a sense of pride for roots of the young Ilocanos, Yapayaos, Isnegs, Igorots and other citizens of the province. It aims to deepen, among both the young and old, feelings of belonging to their ancient homeland.
By imbuing the Ilocanos and province-mates with a more intimate knowledge of their ancestry and legacy, they will grow in awareness and take pride in their local culture.
The symbol of the Museo, a many-rayed sun, is taken from one of the finials at the back of the 19th-century church in San Nicolas.