What To See At The National Museum Of Natural History
The National Museum has always been a favorite stopover for school children and a destination for art enthusiasts and history buffs. With its grand architecture and beautifully curated galleries, one can spend more than a few hours imbibing the country’s rich history and talent.
The main sights to see at the National Museum are, of course, the definitive works of artist Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, Filipino sculptor Isabelo Tampinco, National Artist Guillermo Tolentino and the first National Artist Fernando C Amorsolo. And who can forget the obra maestro of Juan Luna Y Nocio, The Spolarium
Within its walls are also a slew of prehistoric artifacts, some of which date earlier than the birth of Christ.
But now there’s new material to excite museum guests thanks to the recent and highly anticipated opening of the National Museum of Natural History.
Here are some key sites and galleries you shouldn’t miss.
- At the center of the grand lobby, one can fully appreciate the impressive modern architecture, with its gleaming white interiors and gracious use of space. At the center, serving as a fitting “heart” to the museum, is the Tree of Life, a DNA-helix shaped structure that houses the museum elevators.
- Right upon entering the museum, you’ll find the replica of Lolong, once considered the largest crocodile in captivity. But soon, the replica will be replaced with the real taxidermied specimen for guests’ greater appreciation.
If you head to the Ayala Reception Hall on the second floor, you’ll also find Lolong’s skeleton, displayed in its full glory and suspended from the ceiling.
- At the same Reception Hall, take a glimpse at the well-preserved 709,000-year-old rhinoceros bones and primitive stone tools our ancestors once used on their hunts.
- Within the six-story structure, find over 10 galleries that showcase the diverse flora and fauna found in the country. Take Instagram-worthy pics at the mangrove forest and beach gallery, which educates guests on the complex ecosystem that supports the Philippines’ biodiversity.
In another beautifully curated gallery, see the rich marine life endemic to the country. This particular gallery features preserved specimens of turtles, starfish and crustaceans, as well as replicas of the famous Philippine whale shark and manta rays.
Delighting the kids and the kids-at-heart further, find interactive stations at every gallery, which allow you to explore science and history through hands-on crafts and activities.
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