I love visiting museums so the first time I heard that the National Museum of the Philippines is constructing a building dedicated to natural history, I was excited. I lapped up every bit of news and fell in love when I saw photos of the interiors. When it finally opened on May 18, I wanted to go but I heard the place was crowded. While I’m happy that people are taking an interest in the arts, I also want breathing space when I visit.
Fast forward to a few months later and I finally got to visit!
The National Museum of Natural History is home to exhibits that explore the flora and fauna in the Philippines. Across five floors, guests can learn about Philippine biodiversity, the natural landscape, the marine realm, and our natural history. It’s quite an overwhelming visit so I suggest you allot an entire day to visit.
The building itself is a breathtaking piece of art. The Neoclassical building is the former Department of Tourism and the museum maintains the original plans of architect Antonio Toledo, who also built the Manila City Hall. Once you make your way inside, you’ll see the beautiful sunlit courtyard, which has the DNA Tree of Life, a structure that extends to the ceiling with patterns of leaves and branches. It houses an elevator that offers a 360-degree view of the courtyard and it’s the best way to start your tour. The general advice is to start at the top floor and work your way down.
Some of my favorites were the exhibits on naturalists in the Philippines, or the study of natural history; the different types of natural landscapes; the marine life; and the different taxidermied animals. I know that we have a lot of living creatures here but it’s breathtaking to see many of them in one place.
To make the visit to the National Museum of Natural History in Manila more immersive, LG Philippines celebrated its 30th anniversary by donating one 65-inch OLED TV (E8), one 55-inch OLED TV (C8), and one 55-inch UHD TV to the museum. As part of the donation, LG also commissioned underwater conservationist director and photographer Noel Guevara to create a short video that showcases the richness and beauty of underwater life in the Philippines, said to be the epicenter of marine biodiversity on earth. Guevara’s video was shot in Balicasag Island in Panglao, Bohol.
The video premiered on LG’s 77-inch LG OLED W8 TV, the brand’s newest and most stunning display to date. It’s the perfect device to show off the many colors of Bohol’s marine life in stunning detail, all in a “wallpaper” TV that measures a paper-thin 0.23 inches. The TV also boasts true-to-life picture quality, cinema-quality Dolby Atmos sound, and the new Alpha α9 intelligent processor, which can create the clearest and most detailed pictures with realistic color and ultra-fast response times.
You can also get the chance at having the ultimate viewing experience right in the comfort of your own living room! Every purchase of any LG OLED TV from now until September 2 at participating dealer stores nationwide entitles you to one digital raffle entry. Thirty prizes are at stake, including one 77-inch LG OLED TV W8, one 55-inch Super UHD TVs, two 43-inch UHD TVs, five SK5 SoundBars, eleven PK5 Portable Speakers and ten Netflix Premium memberships (valid for three months).
The National Museum of Natural History is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10AM to 5PM. Admission is free.