USC Biological Museum

The USC Biological Museum

Address: Talamban, Cebu City
Tel. No.: (032) 346-1128
Curator (for the Entomological Collection):  Mr. Fidel Bendanillo



The USC Biological Museum was established in 1952 by the late Father Enrique Heinrich Schoenig, SVD from Webachaussen, Southwestern Germany.  He pioneered several biological expeditions conducted in various parts of the country and even other parts of the world.  The accumulation of flora and fauna was also brought about by donations by private individuals, institutions and other museums abroad.

A repository of more than 50,000 preserved specimens divided into four (4) sections, namely; the Marine Collection (14,000 specimens: 250 species of corals, 200 species of fishes & 50 species of deep-water crabs), the Entomological Collection (42,000 specimens: 1,100 species of butterflies & moths, 400 species of beetles, 400 species of dipteran flies, 130 species of bugs and many others), the Herbarium (14,000 species: 6,000 marine algae and the rest include the bryophytes, pterodophytes, gymnosperm, angiosperms and fungi) and the Wildlife Collection (300 individuals: 84 species of birds, 23 species of mammals, 8 species of reptiles, 8 species of amphibians) respectively.

Due to its extensive collections, several amazing and unique species are displayed in the gallery. The most popular are the shells Golden cowrie (Cyprea aurantium), Triton’s trumpet (Charonia tritonis), the largest butterfly in the Philippines (Trogonoptera trojana), the smallest dragonfly in the world (Nannophya pygmea), the longest snake in the world (Python reticularis) and the six-legged albino carabao (Bubalus bubalus), respectively.

There are thousand visitors local or foreign were accommodated and entertained every year.  The number of visitors recorded ranges from 3,000 to 8,000 individuals with a peak season from the month of August to October and month of February to March, respectively. The most recorded were coming from public and private schools in central Visayas and Mindanao. The museum is now recognized as one of the best tourist attraction or destination in the country.  It was established not only to entertain visitors but also to provide information, as venue for research, to inculcate the principles of biodiversity, conservation approach and species awareness to enrich the natural and cultural heritage of the Filipinos and to the world.

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