Our Trip to the National Museum of Natural History

We visited the museum on the same day that we went to the Children’s Playground in Luneta Park. The museum opens at 10 am so we stayed at the playground until the museum is already letting people inside.

There are actually two entrances to the museum, one is at the main entrance while the other one is at the back, directly in front of the Children’s Playground. The back entrance is where visitors with kids can enter the museum.

Upon entering the museum, you will be asked to log your name and the number of people in your group. You will also need to leave your stuff at the baggage counter and will only be allowed to bring a bag the size of a short bond paper.

The most prominent feature of the museum is the Tree of Life which is right in the middle of the main atrium. The elevator is placed in the “trunk” of the Tree of Life that gives the guests a great view of the entire atrium.

Tree of life

The museum has six floors filled of different exhibits per floor. Here are the sections per floor:

  • First Floor – Main Atrium with the Tree of Life at the center
  • Second Floor – Our Natural Inheritance and Temporary Exhibitions
  • Third Floor – Mangroves, Beaches and Intertidal Zones and The Marine Realm
  • Fourth Floor – Mossy, Montane and Pine Forests, Lowland Evergreen Rainforests, Ultramafic and Limestone Karst Forests and Freshwater Wetlands
  • Fifth Floor – Philippine Biodiversity, The Geology of the Philippines, Minerals and Energy Resources and Life Through Time
  • Sixth Floor – Roof Garden, Function Halls, National Museum Conference Center

Next are photos of what you will find at the National Museum of Natural History.

If you can, take your time and read each label per display to understand what the exhibit is about. Johan stopped at specific exhibits that interested him, read the labels and asked me questions. Jeron kept on pointing at certain displays and told us the names of animals and plants that were familiar to him.

I was unsure if this trip will be successful because this was something new that we tried as a family. It was the first museum that we visited and I am glad that we did because this is a new experience for the kids. It opened up their eyes to the ecosystem, to animal life, plant life and how to take care of our planet.

When we reached the top floor, the kids were tired, we have achy feet, our tummies were grumbling. But, it was educational and is mind-blowing to know how vast the ecosystem is and how varied the living organisms are existing around us. Going to museums is something that I wish our family can do more often.

Some reminders

  1. Bags bigger than the size of a short bond paper should be left at the baggage counter.
  2. Tripods and selfie sticks are not allowed.
  3. Food and drinks are not allowed.
  4. Refrain from wearing caps and bonnets.
  5. Do not touch or lean on the displays.
  6. No videos or wacky poses allowed
  7. You may take photos but no flash allowed.
  8. Minimize your noise
  9. Do not sit on the floors.
  10. No smoking allowed

other things to consider:

Entrance fee to the museum is absolutely FREE! Since people don’t have to pay any entrance fees, expect the museum to be more crowded during the weekends than on weekdays. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. It’s closed on Mondays.

For bookings and reservations (only for groups of more than 20 persons):

Call the Central Museum Visitor Operations Division at the following numbers: (02) 527-7889, 09294573286 and 09663305931.
Email: cmvod.nationalmuseum@gmail.com
Facebook: National Museum of the Philippines

How to get to the National Museum of natural history:

By LRT: The nearest LRT station is the UN Avenue Station. From there, walk towards Kalaw Street and the museum is right in front of the Children’s Playground.

By car: Use waze and direct it to National Museum of Natural History. Side street parking is available across the Central United Methodist Church. You may also park at nearby Robinson’s Place Manila or SM Manila and take a cab or jeepney to Luneta Park.

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