When in Davao City, one of the tourist destinations that shouldn’t be missed is D’ Bone Collector Museum. It is one of the attractions that sets Davao apart from the many beautiful places in the country. And why not? It is the only bone museum we have here.
I went there during my first day in Davao. It is very accessible from the city center. I just walked to and crossed the overpass at San Pedro Extension (Bucana) and took a pedicab which cost me only Php 5.
That Friday afternoon, I was so lucky as there were no other guests in the museum. By the way, the entrance fee is Php 80 and video taking is not allowed inside. I met Princess and Nicole, two of the guides there. They were both very young: 17 years old, but are really smart girls. Through them, I learned that the D’ Bone Collector Museum is not just a place where bones of different animals are showcased. As I listened to them, I learned that each animal remains preserved there has a story to tell:
“Alcoholic” is a False Killer Whale. It is named as such because it died due to choking caused by an alcohol bottle.
This is a Fraser’s Dolphin. The cause of its death is infection caused by eating human waste.
Clearly, D’ Bone Collector Museum’s advocacy is to educate the public to preserve the environment. The bones all proved that because of people’s lack of care for our environment, a lot of innocent animals are harmed because of the garbage we throw. These animals may look dangerous; but in truth, we humans are more dangerous than them.
It was such a nice experience coming to this museum. I almost skipped this destination as I am not particularly interested in animals, but I’m so glad I didn’t. Congratulations to Darrell D. Blatchley, its owner. Keep up the great work!
Davao Bone Museum
D’ Bone Collector Museum, Inc.
Family Cercus Compound, Bucana Blvd., Davao City
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10AM to 5PM, Saturday 1PM to 5PM