Art enthusiasts and museum goers ready your eyes and cameras! National Museum of Natural History will soon open its doors to the public on May 18, just in time for the International Museum Day.

When the museum had their sneak peek of the newly renovated building October 29 last year, we can’t get enough on how it was beautifully designed with all its white and Neoclassical motif. The building completes the National Museum Complex in Manila together with National Museum of Anthropology and National Museum of Fine Arts.

In 1939, the constructed  museum previously held the offices of the Secretary of Agriculture and Commerce, as well as the Department of Tourism. In 2013, it was restored and designed by the architectural firm Dominic Galicia Architects and interior design company Periquet Galicia.

The National Museum of Natural History is coming back with a glass dome structure that permits  natural light into the courtyard. This is where a large DNA double-helix structure can also be seen. It also has “Tree of Life” design of the elevator from the ground floor to the fifth floor. The museum will feature various preserved flora and fauna you may especially find in the Philippines.

You may see the replica of the remains of the longest crocodile held in captivity, Lolong. The crocodile was 6.17 meters long and weighed 1,075 kilograms.You can also trace plants and see the preserved specimen up close like some butterflies and other insects displayed in the museum. The museum’s collections are displayed and curated across their 12 galleries.

New discovery

Just yesterday, the National Museum posted on their Instagram account about the discovery of the “oldest evidence for the peopling of the Philippines by the hominins,” species generally of the genus  Homo where modern humans came.

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: EARLY HUMAN PRESENCE IN THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS AS LONG AS 709,000 YEARS AGO HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED. The National Museum takes great pleasure in announcing the publication of the paper “Earliest known hominin activity in the Philippines by 709,000 years ago”, in the May 10, 2018 issue of the journal Nature (with an online version published today, May 3, 2018). This journal article discusses the discovery of the oldest evidence for the peopling of the Philippines by hominins (species generally of the genus Homo, including Homo sapiens or modern humans) by an international team of prehistorians led by Dr. Thomas Ingicco from the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, France, with Mr. Clyde Jago-on, Ms. Catherine King, Ms. Marian C. Reyes, and Mr. Angel Bautista from the National Museum, Philippines, among others from different institutions around the world.. The archaeological excavations in Rizal, Kalinga, which have been ongoing for the last several years, in 2017 yielded animal remains including an almost complete skeleton of Rhinoceros philippinensis, stone tools and a tektite. The rhinoceros remains showed butchery marks (cutmarks and percussion marks), suggesting defleshing and bone marrow extraction. All these archaeological findings are indirect evidence for a very old presence of early humans on the island of Luzon far beyond the former earliest published evidence of 67,000 years relating to a hominid bone fragment from Callao Cave, Cagayan. The release of this journal article has already swiftly generated international interest, and its findings are indeed of the highest importance to the prehistory of the Philippine islands and the remote origins of the peoples who came to inhabit them. To present more details from this landmark scientific paper, the National Museum will hold a media and press briefing on May 10, 2018 at 10:30AM at the National Museum of Natural History (former Department of Tourism Building) in Rizal Park, Manila. The contact person for this event is Mr. Erwin Sebastian, who can be reached at (63-2) 5271143 and at [email protected] #NationalMuseumPH #pamana #kulturaph #archaeology

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They excavated a (now extinct) rhinoceros remains with butchery marks that suggests defleshing and bone marrow extraction. These archaeological findings are indirect evidence that early humans of Luzon might have existed way before 67,000 years ago (as the discovered  hominid bone fragment in Cagayan).

You may also visit the other museums in the complex like the National Museum of Fine Arts , National Museum of Anthropology, and the Planetarium.

If you wanted to get to know more about the country, it is best to visit these museums. You don’t have to worry for the expenses since the entrance is absolutely free. Visiting the museum with your friends and family is certainly a great bonding activity. You can also enjoy walking around Rizal Park afterwards.

You can find National Museum of Natural History at P. Burgos Drive, Rizal Park, Manila. They are open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm.


What are you looking forward to see in this museum? Let us know in the comments!


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