Manila: National Museum of Natural History Philippines

The National Museum of Natural History in Manila Philippines opened last May 18, 2018 which is in time for International Museum Day. This new attraction features stunning architecture, interior and exhibits of the natural wonders of the country. It’s part of the National Museum complex together with the National Museum of Fine Arts and the National Museum of Anthropology. It houses the unique exhibits of the Philippines’ unique flora and faun, interactive activities, models and life size replica of Lolong, the longest crocodile held in captivity.

There are a lot to look forward to in 2018 with the opening of new National Museum facilities in Batanes, Iloilo and Tagbilaran while upgraded National Museums in Zamboanga, Butuan, Marinduque and Angono will reopen.

The National Museum of Fine Arts (Old Legislative Building) reopened in 2012, National Museum of Anthropology (Old Finance Building) inaugurated in 1998, and the National Museum of Natural History (Old Tourism Building) just opened this year.

Aside from the exhibits, National Museum of Natural History is also known to have intricate design and architecture.


  1. Come as early as you can… the museum opens its doors to the visiting public at 10AM.
  2.  Avoid bringing large bags of any kind, umbrellas (hard to do when you might have to wait under the sun, we realize), selfie sticks, monopods and tripods, all of which will need to be checked in at our baggage counter, which was swamped today with its own huge lines.
  3. In the afternoon, allow for up to an hour, or even more, of waiting time to enter, but remember that the last visitors will be admitted at 4:30PM, and that the museum will strictly close at 5PM. We sincerely apologize if you are still waiting outside in line when the cut-off occurs and we will try to give advance notice to waiting visitors at an appropriate time in the afternoon that it is pointless to stay in or join the line thereafter as you will not be able to admitted by 4:30PM. Please understand that the National Museum runs on a tight budget and is not able to extend its opening hours past 5PM. Thus we encourage all visitors to plan their visit carefully, and be open to returning on another day if the lines are too long for us to accommodate everyone on a certain day.

Featuring the amazing photos of Kerovin Daniel Gaerlan, a hobbyist photographer from Nueva Vizcaya currently residing in Manila. Check out his IG account: @kerovingaerlan

For more information and updates, you can check National Museum of the Philippines Facebook Page.

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