The Tiger and I have been wanting to go to the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum at the National University of Singapore (NUS) since its revamp. Having watched The Brain Scoop for a while, I was curious to see how our own Natural History Museum was like. And the Tiger picked our 3rd Anniversary to do it ❤
The first thing you’ll need to note about this museum is that it’s a little tricky to get to. NUS is a huge place, and I had to take a bus from the Botanic Gardens station to get there. The bus route took a roundabout itself, but stopped in front of the museum.
Next, remember to pay for admission before you go in. You can either get the tickets online here or buy them on the spot. The ticket counter is next to the Orang Utan.
Then, you’re set to enter!
You’ll see a long wall of coloured glass upon entering, showing the progression and evolution of nature as time passes on Earth. One of the greatest aspects of this museum was how the curation followed the timeline of evolution.
Though smaller than most museums I’ve been to, this place boasts 16 different thematic zones. We started with bacteria and microbiology, moving on to plants, then insects, amphibians and reptiles, fish, and finally, mammals. All these sections circled a massive centre exhibit of three reconstructed dinosaur structures. The second level presented the heritage gallery – a walk through the museum’s history when it started as the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research.
What’s also great was the fact that each zone had an interactive area, where visitors could listen to the research done by fellows affiliated to, or within the university. The mollusc section had a video about breeding giant clams in an effort to conserve and maintain giant clam population in our waters – a great way to showcase the interesting natural research we have going on, with a local perspective.
Other than that, here are some of my favourite exhibits:
So there you have it! That’s also how we spent our 3rd Anniversary =) While this is just a small portion of the collection NUS has, I do hope we’ll get a chance to visit the research collection, Brain Scoop style, in the future.
For more information on the LKC Natural History Museum, click here.