Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum is the only museum in Singapore that is dedicated to showcasing Southeast Asian biodiversity. It was opened in April last year. I’m so glad to bring Edison for a visit because natural history is one of the things I want to educate him about.
Much to my surprise, he enjoyed himself so much with the amazing exhibits in the museum, ranging from snakes, butterflies, frogs and giant crabs to birds. And not forgetting the museum’s three star dinosaurs – Prince, Apollonia and Twinky.
Located beside the University Cultural Centre at Kent Ridge and opposite Raffles Hall, Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum showcases over 2,000 natural history specimens in two permanent galleries that spread over two floors. It also houses more than 500,000 Southeast Asian animal and plant specimens.
The size of the museum is not very big, but it’s very elaborated and well-organized. We spent almost two hours looking through so many exhibits with detailed scientific information on each of them.
Level 1 is the Biodiversity Gallery where visitors will see thousand species of mammals and over a million species of insects. The well-known Dinosaur Zone is located here. Level 1M is the Heritage Gallery that showcases plant and animal material from the original Raffles Museum, including many iconic specimens from Singapore.
Now, let me show you some of the various exhibits in this museum: