Many years ago, when I was a student, I chanced upon a natural history* museum in a desert with many preserved specimens of plants, animals and insects and was awed and fascinated by the biodiversity of the area. It provide a chance to look at and learn about animals and plants in the area all in one place. It also provide a space for us to observe specimens of rarely chanced upon animals and plants.
Hence I was excited to learn that there is actually such a space in Singapore and took a chance to visit the gallery during the children’s season open house. It was certainly an eye opener on the biodiversity of Singapore and its neighbors. Some of the specimens were no longer or rarely seen but its is still fascinating.
Some of the Children’s season activities are also extremely engaging and we had fun experiencing a little of the kind of dedication researchers put into excavating and researching about specimens of ancient animals.Unfortunately, 19 May 2012 was the last public event till 2014 when the museum move to its new location.
Where: Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science (Now Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum )
National University of Singapore 6 Science Drive 2 Blk S6, #03-01 Singapore 117546
Hours: Mondays to Fridays: 9:00am to 5:00pm (Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays)
Note: Museum will be close around August 2012 till 2014 when the new museum location is ready.
*Natural history is the scientific research of plants or animals, leaning more towards observational rather than experimental methods of study – Source : Wikipedia
For more info on why Natural History is important to us check out the article Natural history collections –- why are they relevant? by Paolo Viscardi