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National Museum of Natural History

One of the many reasons the Philippines has become a popular choice among tourists is its unparalleled biodiversity. From the Tubbataha Reef in Palawan to the Tarsier Sanctuary in Bohol, you’ll find many opportunities to appreciate nature wherever in the country you may go.

All these natural wonders are captured in the National Museum of Natural History, the fourth and newest building opened to the public by the National Museum of the Philippines. Boasting not only a unique educational display of the country’s natural beauty but also several feats of architecture, the National Museum of Natural History is a great way to learn more about what makes the Philippines a landmark of biodiversity.

What to expect

When you enter through the museum’s Corinthian columns, the first thing you’ll notice is the so-called “Tree of Life”, a towering structure at the center of the museum’s lobby, surrounded by large images of three of the Philippines’ most recognizable animals: the Philippine Eagle, the Philippine Tarsier, and the tamaraw. Its architect, Dominic Galicia, said that the piece symbolized “man’s wanting to understand nature and his place in it,” and there’s no better way to gain this understanding than to go through the National Museum of Natural History’s various galleries!

The museum spans six floors, many of which housing displays, dioramas, and images of zoological, botanical, and geological discoveries around the country. One of its main attractions is the skeleton of Lolong, which is said to be the largest crocodile in captivity recorded in the Philippines, that hangs above the museum’s lobby. One of its galleries also features a submarine replica where you can experience what it’s like to be surrounded by marine life!

Whether it’s expanding your knowledge on the country’s biodiversity or appreciating its modern architecture, the National Museum of Natural History is a must-see!

Where to experience it

The National Museum of Natural History can be found within Rizal Park, which is located in the city of Manila. From the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, it will take you around 30 minutes to get to Intramuros via land. If you’re staying in Makati City, it will also take you around 30 minutes, while if you’re coming from Quezon City, that travel time increases to around an hour.

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