My wife and kids found out about this place and we knew we had to go and check it out. We are from Chicago and love going to nature museums and gardens. It was a little tricky finding it. Not all taxi drivers know about the place. You can tell them that it is near the holy cross parish behind the Don Vicente Rama memorial national high school. It is off Cebu South Road (aka The Highway). From downtown Cebu you would turn right on Jumalon street. Keep straight. The place will be on your left side at the end of the street.
Entrance fee is 50pesos per person. It is well worth it. The place is open from 9am-5pm. We got there right at 9am and had the place to ourselves. The museum is run by two children of prof. Jumalon. His geneticist daughter gave us the tour. We got to meet his biologist son as well. It was great to see all the different kinds of butterflies from around Cebu, the Philippines and some from around the world. We loved the tidbits about the letters and numbers found in butterfly wings. My daughter was amazed.
Try not to wear bug spray as it can affect the butterflies. Wear long sleeves and light pants to keep mosquitoes away. We got bit a couple of times.
The garden is nice and great to see the butterflies flying freely all about. They are all attracted to the flowers and plants that they have growing in the garden.
All of prof. Jumalon's art work are amazing, especially the pieces made entirely of butterfly wings. The artworks are alive with the iridescent colors of the wings.
This is a well worth place to visit and support. They are in the process of getting a website together to provide more information and opportunities for donations. A couple of long awaited books are also in the works, detailing all of prof. Jumalon's exploits and artwork.
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