The Rodolfo B. Gonzales Museum of Natural History is a research and educational facility of the Silliman University Biology Department. It was named after the late R. B. Gonzales who served as professor and chairperson of the Biology Department for thirty five years. The museum houses some 18,000 plant and animal specimens. At least 2,000 of these are found in the Exhibit Room. This includes the rare Philippine Eagle and several endemic species of birds, mammals, and herpetofauna (amphibians and reptiles). The exhibit section contains representatives of vertebrate and invertebrate fauna kept in glass cabinets. They are arranged according to their classification and taxonomic format. Aside from the main glass-enclosed exhibit, the Museum also has several free-standing and specialized displays in the form of kiosks, wall-mounted exhibits, and interactive exhibits.
The Museum has a three-part program called RECON (Research, Education, and Conservation). The Research Program focuses on terrestrial biodiversity assessment and taxonomic studies. The Education Program provides museum information and maintains a web-based museum information system called ?virtual museum.? The Conservation Program promotes advocacy through multimedia presentation and museum outreach activities, e.g. lectures and trainings.
The Museum is open from 9 to 12 in the morning and from 2 to 5 in the afternoon, from Monday to Friday. Special tours can be arranged on Saturdays and other holidays through the Museum Manager. Guided tours are available for group visits and can be arranged through the Silliman University Student Organizations and Activities Division (SOAD)
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
The Musem ManagerGround Flr. Science Complex (East Wing)R.B. Gonzales Museum of Natural History Silliman UniversityTelephone +63 35 4201901 local 314