IRRI welcomes thousands of visitors to its Headquarters every year to learn about rice research and the work that IRRI does. Visitors include dignitaries, scientists, students, government officials, media, agricultural technicians, and farmers making IRRI headquarters in Los Baños, Philippines a bustling hub of activities and events ranging from seminars, workshops, trainings, conferences, and special events.
When you visit IRRI, you will be entering a fully-realized community of scientists working together to alleviate poverty through rice research. Every stop in your visit will show you the rich history and dedication of the people who call and have called this place home.
The Visitor team organizes and coordinates programs suited to the specific interests of visitors.
Riceworld Museum and Learning Center
Riceworld is a treasure trove of rice information, designed for the general public. Its exhibits include permanent displays on the importance and influence of rice as food, as part of the environment, livelihood, and its impact on culture.
Aside from providing information on scientific research on rice, Riceworld also showcases one of the biggest collections of rice farming artifacts in the Philippines and sets up temporary rice exhibitions in local and international locations.
How to book visits
To make a reservation for a visit (individual or group) to IRRI, please send a formal request (by regular mail or e-mail) addressed to:
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
DAPO Box 7777, Metro Manila, Philippines
Kindly indicate the purpose of the visit, date, time, number of persons visiting, name, address of the school/company/institution, and contact details of the coordinators of the visiting party (i.e. phone and fax numbers or email addresses).
Note that requests should be sent at least two weeks before the intended date of visit. Only reservations for weekdays during office hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) are accepted. The Institute is closed on weekends and holidays.
Please confirm your visit by calling two days after sending your formal request.
For cancellations, please inform us at least two to three days before the actual date of visit.
Transport to and around IRRI headquarters
We may require visitors to pay for their own transport costs to recover our own costs for providing this service. Payment for transport may be made at the Guesthouse or with the Residence Officer if staying in the Dormitories on campus.
Estimated costs are:
- Transport from airport to IRRI headquarters:
- Car US$80 (one-way)
- Van US$80 (one-way)
- Coaster US$110 (one-way)
- Los Baños trip (car/van) US$59
- Los Baños trip (coaster) US$66
Below is a map to show you how to get to IRRI if you're bringing your own transportation.
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We may require visitors to pay for their own accommodation costs to recover our own costs for providing this service. Accommodation payment may be made at the Guesthouse or with the Residence Officer if staying in the Dormitories on campus.
Payment may be made via credit card only at the Guesthouse, Suites, and Guestrooms. Only cash payment is accepted at the Cafeteria and IRRI Dining Room. Below are estimated costs.
Estimated costs are:
- Single, US$65 / day
- Double, US$85 / day
Dormitories - MSSwaminathan Suites
- Single, US$55 / night
- Double US$60 / night
Dormitories - MSSwaminathan Guestrooms
- Single, US$21 / night
- Double, US $28 / night
Dormitories - Harrar
- Single, US$20 / night
- Double, US $26 / night
- Breakfast, US$6
- Lunch, US$10
- Dinner, US$12
IRRI Dining Room (Buffet)
- Breakfast, PHP250
- Lunch, PHP350
- Dinner, PHP350
- Breakfast, US$1
- Lunch, US$2
- Dinner, US$2
If you're travelling to IRRI HQ from abroad, here are some helpful resources and links that can guide when visiting IRRI HQ:
When travelling to IRRI HQ, you need a valid passport (at least 6 months validity) with Philippine visa stamped on it. While nationals from numerous countries are allowed to enter the Philippines visa-free, please check with the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs for the visa requirements from your country of origin for the visa requirements from your country of origin. Attach your old passport, if any, to show your past travel(s) abroad.
For more information about travelling requirements to the Philippines, visit: List of Philippine embassies and consulates abroad
Have the following handy just in case:
- Award or invitation letter from IRRI
- Certificate of employment – particularly if this is your first travel abroad
- Return air ticket
Health information for travellers
General recommendations for travellers to the Philippines
- Complete the routine immunization program required by the countries.
- Ensure that vaccinations that require updating are kept up to date, e.g. tetanus, polio, etc.
For more information on recommended vaccinations for travellers to the Philippines, visit: Recommended Vaccinations: Routine Immunizations