National Museum of Natural History | Philippines

Saturday, July 7, 2018

The newly renovated National Museum of Natural History has opened its doors to the public last May 18, 2018 on International Museum Day. Since then, I wanted to visit the museum but I knew that lines are quite long since it's free admission to all. So, I figured I wait at least a month before visiting to avoid the crowds, or so I thought.

Things you need to know: 
  • Opening hours: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (admission closes at 4:30 PM)
  • Address: Teodoro F. Valencia Circle, Ermita, Manila
  • Entrance fee: Free admission 
  • The following are prohibited in the museum:
    • Backpacks 
    • Bags larger than short bond paper
    • Caps/hats/bonnets
    • Smoking
    • Food and beverages
    • Touching of museum objects
    • Sitting on floors
    • Disrespectful/wacky poses
    • Flash photography
    • Videography
    • Tripods & monopods
    • Wrapped packages
    • Umbrellas
    • Pens & art materials

How to get there:
  • Ride the LRT heading to Taft. 
  • Alight at United Nations station. 
  • Cross the road towards Luneta Park, and near Rizal's monument is the National Museum of Natural History.

I went there with my sister, Monina, and my cousins, Bianca, Chynna, and Enzo on a Tuesday (June 19). We left home at 10 am and arrived there at around 12 noon - it was hella traffic in Manila (what a shocker). When we got there, we struggled to find the museum's parking space for visitors. Turns out, there was none. The allotted parking was on the street for 20-30 cars ONLY. There was no way anyone would be leaving that early, so we decided to go find another parking space. The nearest establishment that offered parking space was Jollibee at the end of the street - also full. We ended up parking in SM Manila, which was an LRT station away. After parking, we rode the LRT from Central station to United Nations station. 

National Museum of Natural History

Bianca, Yna, Chynna, Enzo, and me
Main entrance (the line around 3:30 pm)

Alas, we arrived before 3 pm. The admission line inside was long, but we were able to go inside after 20 minutes of waiting. If you are with a senior citizen or PWD, you can enter with breeze at the back entrance of the museum.

There is a deposit counter for backpacks and bags that are larger than a short bond paper. 

The museum is made up of 5 stories. In these 5 stories, there are 12 galleries. Currently, only 7 galleries are open, and the rest are still under construction.

June 2018
Tree of Life
Upon entering the museum, the first thing you will see is the Tree of Life. The Tree of Life is a man-made representation of nature located at the center of the museum. It contains an elevator inside of its "trunk" that goes up to the fifth floor. 

I won't go into much detail for each gallery because it is better for you to experience the museum in person. :) Nonetheless, here are some of my favorite shots taken in the museum.

Papilio chickae

Enzo reading about pawikan

Awesome shot by Chynna ♥

Have you visited the National Museum of Natural History?
What was your favorite part of the museum?



  1. Looks and sounds so interesting!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  2. Hi, Melissa! I also want to visit this museum; too bad there are still long queues even on a weekday. Haha. But great photos you have! What camera are you using?

    1. Hi Bianca! For this trip, I just used my iPhone 7. I didn't bring my camera because I thought it wasn't allowed. Haha!


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