Philippines' Museum of Natural History

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The government is set to "retrofit" the old Department of Tourism (DOT) building in Rizal Park, Ermita, Manila, to house a third museum, to be called Museum of Natural History, as part of Manila's Museum Precinct. Museum Precinct is a group of heritage buildings that was one of the primary focal points of the plan for the City of Manila in 1905.

The first structure of the Museum Precinct is the National Museum of the Philippines, formerly the Old Congress building on Burgos Drive. To the south across Finance Street is the second structure, the Museum of the Filipino People, which used to be the Department of Finance building, facing the Agrifina Circle. Across the Circle is its twin structure, the Department of Tourism building, originally the Department of Agriculture building. The government has allocated R557 million to fund the turnover of the DOT building to National Museum Complex by 2014. The DOT has occupied the building since 1974; in the 2nd quarter of 2013, it will transfer to Makati City to give way to the building's retrofitting.

In 1902, as part of the development of Manila, American architect Daniel H. …