The UPLB Museum of Natural History is a university-wide unit established in 30 September 1976 by the U.P. Board of Regents in its 877th meeting to become the center of research on systematics which is popularly known at present as “biodiversity”.

As the center of documentation and repository of Philippine biota, it endeavors to support instruction and various public education activities. It continues to generate basic knowledge in support of development research programs that have impact on Philippine flora and fauna.

The creation of the UPLB-MNH was also viewed as a move to arrest the rapid deterioration of extensive priceless collections of biological specimens – preserved or living – in the University of the Philippines Los Banos which are regarded as permanent assets in the study of natural history especially during this era of intense global awareness on the conservation of nature and the environment.