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

Last Updated: November 22nd, 2018

 

Read Part 1 here: National Museum of Natural History: Exhibits (Part 2)

The National Museum of Natural History

 

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

 

This article is a continuation to Part 1 of our list of exhibits to see at the National Museum of Natural History. Occupying what once was the Old Agriculture and Commerce Building in Rizal Park, the Php 1-Billion price tag to convert this Toledo-designed architectural landmark into one of the pillars of the National Museum has proved widely successful. With the involvement of Dominic Galicia and Tina Periquet in its redesign, the National Museum of Natural History is now becoming one of the must-visit places in Manila.

 

 

The Ayala Reception Hall

Dangling from the honeycomb-designed ceiling of the Ayala Reception Hall is the skeletal remains of Lolong–once the largest crocodile in the world before it died in captivity on February 2013. A taxidermy of Lolong is also featured in the Philippine Biodiversity exhibit of the museum.

The tooth and bones of the Rhinoceros Philippinensis which were presented as proof of the earliest hominin activity some 709,000 years ago is also on display.

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

The skeletal remains of Lolong

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

The Ayala Reception Hall

 

 

Gallery VII: Ultramafic and Limestone Karst Forests

Ultramafic and other rocks are featured in this exhibit which also includes a lifelike installation of a Limestone Karst.

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

 

 

 

Gallery VIII: Freshwater Wetlands

Offers a glimpse of the different lakes in the country, insects, taxidermied animals including birds and crocodiles.

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

 

The Courtyard

The courtyard features wallpapers that present some of the most recognizable animals that are endemic to the Philippines–the Philippine Eagle, Tarsier, and a herd of Water Buffalo (Carabao).

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

The Philippine Eagle

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

Water Buffalo

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

Tarsier

 

 

Gallery IX: Mangroves, Beaches, and Intertidal Zones

Aside from highlighting the importance of mangrove plantations, this exhibit also features specimens of seashells, marine animals including stonefish and the crown-of-thorns starfish. A realistic installation of turtles hatching under the sand also makes for an interesting view of this gallery.

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

The crown-of-thorns starfish

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

 

 

 

Gallery X: The Marine Realm

Featuring an installation of a submarine, the Marine Realm also displays replicas of some of the most interesting marine animals including dolphins and blue whales while specimens of corals and seashells and where they were collected.

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

 

 

Gallery XI: Our Natural Inheritance

Complete with an audio-visual room, the gallery highlights the importance of the protected areas in the country and how pollution threatens our ecosystem. Also on display is a glistening globe in the middle of the exhibit.

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

 

National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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