The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) welcomed its first guests and visitors at a judicious time when the world was commemorating the International Museum Day last May 18, 2018.
Along with eight other museums – Yuchengco Museum, Metropolitan Museum, Museong Pambata, Bahay Tsinoy, QCX Museum, National Museum for Fine Arts, National Museum of Anthropology, and the Planetarium – history-loving Filipinos were able to enter the National Museum of Natural History for free during the International Museum Day.
Admission to the National Museum of Natural History, however, is free even beyond the worldwide museum day celebration.
The National Museum of Natural History is located within the former Department of Tourism Building in Rizal Park and features plants and wildlife specimens that are endemic only in the Philippines. Also on display is the preserved skeleton of Lolong, one of biggest crocodiles to walk the Philippine soil.
“The Natural History Museum is a place where knowledge, appreciation and love for heritage as Filipinos and as people in the fields of anthropology, fine arts, natural world and historical contexts can be found,” said National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) chairman Ramon del Rosario.
In this age of tablets and smartphones, most Filipinos still love visiting museums to marvel at works of art, antique pieces from bygone eras, and ancient artifacts. After all, there is no better way to travel back in time than to walk through the halls of museums.
Del Rosario also said that the National Museum of Natural History “is about instilling sense of pride in our heritage, cultural background, natural endowments and we hope that by having an outstanding museum for this nature in Metro Manila, a lot of generations of Filipinos particularly the young ones will begin to appreciate what being a Filipino is all about and why we’re proud of being Filipinos.”
Currently, there are only six galleries that are open to the public. The rest of the galleries are still being refurbished.
The museum is located at T.M. Kalaw Street, Rizal Park, Manila.
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Source: PNA website
Disclaimer: The photos in this article are not from the National Museum of Natural History but from Pexels.com and from the website of the National Museum. Photos were included to provide visual impact to this post.