The National Museum of Natural History Manila Guide

The National Museum of Natural History of Manila created quite a loud buzz when it opened recently to the public on May 18, 2018. Last weekend, we were finally able to visit it. Yay!

Here are a few things you should know to help with your planning:

What is the museum’s address?

The address is National Museum of Natural History Rizal Park, Ermita, T.M Kalaw Street corner General Luna Street, Manila.

Schedule?

The museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, 10:00am to 5:00pm

How do we get there?

Admittedly, I get so confused and stressed commuting, so we booked a Grab (price range: P400 – P500 from Taguig).

But, as per user fadedblue09 on Reddit, here’s how to get there through public transport (I tried this once and the rush hour LRT scene was too much for my probinsyana heart haha):

  1. Ride the MRT to EDSA Taft
  2. Switch to LRT Line 1.
  3. Get dropped off at United Nations Ave. station. The Museum is within walking distance from the station.

How much is the entrance fee?

It’s FREE!!! Like Dobby after being given a sock by his master

Do we need a reservation?

Generally, no. You could simply walk in unless you are coming in as big groups (tours, fieldtrips, colpany outings, etc) or if you want to film the place for commercial use.

If the latter, you may need to contact the Central Museum Visitor Operations Division beforehand.

You could contact the said division here: 09294573286/ 09663305931

or send an email to: cmvod.nationalmuseum@gmail.com

(Look for Judy Carla/Ronnel)

Best time to visit?

Even though the hype has definitely simmered, it could still get pretty crowded. Hence, best time to visit the National Museum of Natural History is early in the morning – as soon as it opens at 10am.

What rules and regulations are in place?

  • Backpacks and bags larger than a short bond paper (8.5″ x 11″) should be deposited into the baggage counter
  • Caps/hats/bonnets are not allowed to be worn inside
  • Smoking is not allowed
  • Food and beverages are not allowed
  • Of course, touching of the displays is a big no-no (I always still see people do it – ugh. Visit these places with good intentions or don’t visit at all.)
  • Sitting on floors is not allowed
  • Disrespectful and wacky poses are not allowed
  • Flash photography, tripods, monopods, wrapped packages, umbrellas, and drawing materials are not allowed

What to expect during entry?

  • You must fall in line and wait for your turn
  • A personnel will ask you to write your name on their logbook
  • You will be asked to deposit any of the prohibited items above to the baggage counter

What can I expect to see?

I’ll list only a few as to not completely spoil it. Here are a few things the National Museum of Natural History hold within:

  • Tree of Life architecture
  • The skeleton of Lolong, the Philippine’s largest crocodile
  • An interactive rainforest diarama complete with rainforest sounds
  • Mangrove diarama with interactive quizzes
  • Mineral cave diarama
  • Marine realm

Other good-to-know’s?

  • If you are with children 8 years or below, with a person with disability, are pregnant, or you are a senior citizen, there is another entrance at the back with a wheelchair ramp and shorter line.
  • If you are not into walking up the ramp or up the stairs to each floor, head to the ground floor and take the elevator to the top most floor, then use the ramp going down each floor (we realized too late that it’s easier to start at the top floor heading down – but hey, we could all use the exercise!)
  • Rizal Park/Luneta, National Museum of Anthropology, National Art Gallery, and The Planetarium are walking distance away and also free of charge (except The Planetarium at Php50 per person) – you may want to visit these places while you’re here
  • Every floor has a clean restroom 🙂
  • As per our experience, we hope parents would try to supervise their kids as they could get too rowdy and too loud affecting other people’s experience
  • Wear comfy clothes and shoes

Remember to respect each other and most importantly, respect this place.

Think of how this could benefit future generations. Wouldn’t you want to preserve it the same way it strives to preserve pieces of our history? 🙂

Hope I’ve covered a lot, but if you need more info, you may visit their website:

http://www.nationalmuseum.gov.ph

Much love,

N


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