Exhibits At The National Museum of Natural History (Part 1)

Last Updated: November 22nd, 2018

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

The National Museum of Natural History

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

The main courtyard

 

Read Part 2 here: Exhibits At The National Museum of Natural History (Part 2)

 

Housed in the Old Agriculture and Commerce Building in Rizal Park, the National Museum of Natural History is arguably the new favorite of museumgoers of places to visit in Manila. With the now-famous “Tree Of Life” in its main courtyard, the long lines and a price tag of around Php 1 Billion, this Toledo-designed neoclassical landmark will surely unseat the National Museum of Fine Arts in the numbers of visitors it accommodates every day.

 

Gallery I: Philippine Biodiversity

Offering a glimpse of the rich biodiversity of the Philippines, the gallery also features the well-preserved taxidermy of “Lolong”–once considered as the largest crocodile in the world before it died in captivity on February 2013.

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

The well-preseved taxidermy of “Lolong”

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

 

 

Gallery II: The Geology of the Philippines

The exhibit features the different kinds of rocks in the Philippines, an interactive volcano  installation that museumgoers can learn from.

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

A huge boulder on display

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

Interactive installation

 

Gallery III: Minerals and Energy Resources

Shows how minerals and energy resources are mined in the Philippines.

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

A miniature version that shows how surface mining is done

 

 

The Tree of Life

Designed by Dominic Galicia and Tina Periquet in collaboration with structural engineering firm, Arup Philippines–the ‘Tree of Life’ welcomes guests as they enter the courtyard of the National Museum of Natural History. In his interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Galicia described how the idea of the Tree of Life “was inspired by natural history and man’s wanting to understand nature and his place in it” and that “even in our indigenous iconography, the Tree of Life motif is found in the arts of the Mangyan, Maranaw, and Ifugao.”

This now-famous landmark-within-a-landmark features a double helix that is said to represent our shared DNA, an elevator, a glass dome, a trunk that stands as the legs of the tree, and an oculus that ensures the courtyard remains well-ventilated.

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

The ‘Tree of Life’

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

 

Gallery IV: Life Through Time

Featuring a replica of the jaws of the megalodon shark in comparison with the present-day bull shark. The exhibit also shows the different types of soil and shells that can be viewed through a telescope and other interactive tools.

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

A replica of the jaws of the megalodon shark

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

 

Gallery V: Mossy, Montane, and Pine Forests

Features a number of species of moss, ferns, a number of taxidermies, and well-preserved specimens.

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

 

 

Gallery VI: Lowland Evergreen Rainforests

Takes museumgoers to a terrain of artificially-created plants and specimens that include the Southern Luzon slendered tailed rat that is native to the Philippines, several winged fruits, and a taxidermy of the Philippine pangolin.

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

Winged fruits

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

Southern Luzon Slendered Tailed Cloud Rat

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

Philippine Pangolin

 

 

The National Museum of Natural History is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10AM to 5PM.

 

Read Part 2 here: Exhibits At The National Museum of Natural History (Part 2)

 

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