LOOK: National Museum of Natural History opens to public

Patrick Quintos, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 18 2018 03:09 PM | Updated as of May 18 2018 11:28 PM

Visitors queue outside the National Museum of Natural History in Manila as it opens to the public on Friday. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Visitors queue up to enter the National Museum of Natural History in Manila as it opens to the public on Friday. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Museum visitors appreciate the Tree of Life at the courtyard of the National Museum of Natural History in Manila during its opening on Friday, International Museum Day. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A visitor tours the museum on Friday. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Students rest at the museum courtyard. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Visitors tour the museum as it opens to the public on Friday. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A huge photo of the Tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis) is displayed on the main hall of the museum. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A visitor takes a photo of a stuffed Philippine Eagle (Phitecophaga jefferyi) inside the museum. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Visitors check displays at the National Museum of Natural History on Friday.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Students learn about the Philippine flora inside the museum. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A visitor takes a photo of different species of starfish inside the museum. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A visitor takes a photo of a replica showing how sea turtles hatch in its natural environment inside the Museum on Natural History on Friday. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A woman shows her daughter a replica of a whale shark inside the Museum on Natural History on Friday. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Visitors visit the Museum of Natural History on Friday. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A visitor reads the notes left by visitors inside the Museum on Natural History on Friday. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Visitors watch an audio-visual presentation inside the Museum on Natural History on Friday. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Visitors visit the Museum of Natural History on Friday. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Visitors take a photo of the Tree of Life at the Museum of Natural History on Friday. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Visitors take a pose near the replica of “Lolong,” the largest saltwater crocodile caught in the Philippines at the Museum of Natural History on Friday. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A photo of a tarsier (Tarsiidae) is displayed at the main courtyard of the Museum of Natural History. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The public may now enjoy learning new things about the country's rich and diverse flora and fauna for free at the National Museum of Natural History, which opened its doors to visitors on Friday, International Museum Day.

People lined up early in the morning to get a glimpse of the new specimens in the galleries of the newly opened museum. A replica of the world's largest crocodile in captivity, Lolong, is one of the specimens displayed inside.

A DNA helix-shaped elevator in the middle gives a scenic 360 view of the museum as it takes visitors to the topmost gallery.

The glass-domed museum, hosted by the former Department of Tourism building within the Rizal Park, houses 10 galleries about plants, animals, and fungi that can only be found in the Philippines. 

However, only 6 of 12 galleries have been opened today. National Museum Director Jeremy Barns said they hope to open the rest of the galleries before the birth anniversary of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal in June.

Ramon Del Rosario, chairman of the board of trustees of the National Museum, said he hopes that this facility will help Filipinos appreciate the natural gifts of the country. 

The National Museum of Natural History, which completes the National Museum Complex, is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Admission is free.