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“A hidden gem”

Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
Ranked #88 of 842 things to do in Singapore
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) is Singapore’s first and only natural history museum. The museum, which traces its roots to the original Raffles Museum of 1878, is among the oldest such institution in the region. Established through philanthropic gifts totalling $56 million, LKCNHM aims to be a leader in Southeast Asian biodiversity and conservation research, education and outreach. The exhibition gallery is divided into two levels: The main biodiversity gallery, comprising 15 zones, tracks the history of life on earth, among them green plants, fungi, molluscs, arthropods, birds and mammals. The mezzanine floor, home to the heritage zone, presents the history of the Raffles Museum and LKCNHM. This gallery holds the “Cabinets of Curiosities” where visitors can examine Singapore’s history of biodiversity exploration; the people who helped build this; and the biological treasures accumulated over 137 years. A zone titled “Singapore Today” reveals the geology of the island and the important conservation efforts by national agencies.
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Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile

'Hidden' because it's in the University area, West Singapore, off the tourist grid. A beautifully curated museum. And quieter, we've never had to battle crowds or very small children. There's a variety of animal and plant displays carefully arranged, three dinosaurs, the skeleton of a sperm whale washed up here a few years back, tools of well known naturalists, and often a topical exhibit. You need about an hour and half to go through all the exhibits. Last admission is at 17:30h. Mondays closed.

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Reviewed 1 June 2018 via mobile

Brought my 7 year old to LKCNHM to see the exhibit on the dinosaur and the sperm whale exhibits. She was also fascinated with the regional plants and learn about flowers ,plants and Changi tree. The Diplodocid sauropods fossil exhibit was informative and even have a video detailing the process of bringing the fools to Singapore.

Exclusive to this period, in the Biodiversity Gallery, there is a Christmas Island red crab exhibition as well

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Reviewed 16 April 2018

The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) offers you an amazing tour throughout Natural History, demonstrating how life evolved in our planet with its vast collection of artifacts and specimens. It is a non-profit museum that depends on donations and visitor's fee for the upkeep of its biodiversity collection.

The museum is located inside the National University of Singapore (NUS) campus. We took a taxi to get there (around 20-30 mins from the city center). Just tell the driver to take you to the NUS main campus. When we got there, I was surprised to find out that they didn't accept cash for admission fee. Luckily I had my credit card with me to pay with. Entrance fee was SGD 21 per head. Be sure to check the schedule of the guided tour in English when you visit the place.

It was my personal interest in biodiversity that brought me to this museum. I also wanted to see their collection of three gigantic sauropod fossil skeletons, which constitute the main highlight of the entire collection. The over 2,000 natural history specimens are on display on two levels. You have the Biodiversity Gallery on the lower ground and the Heritage Gallery on the upper ground. It took me around an hour to view the more important items on display. It would certainly take you a much longer time if you want to check out every single specimen in the museum.

As to the facilities, the museum is very modern, well organized, clean, accessible, etc. All the items are properly labeled, providing precious info to visitors. Aside from the museum itself, you can also visit the landscaped areas around it, with lush gardens, mangroves, swamps, etc. Very educational and highly recommended!

Thank CzarEmmanuel
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Greeted with smile by staff Yuhanis.well explained on permanent and temporary collectionTicketed at $21 for adult. Very educational exhibits.definitely will come back with family.

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Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

I have not had the chance to visit many natural museums around the world, so this is my first.

Took my young kids to this museum, there were many informative displays and things to touch and see. We taught them that if humans do not take care of the earth and animals, this is probably where the future will ever get to know about animals.

The dinosaur fossils were the highlight of coz, so was the sperm whale bones on display. We used it as an educational tour for our kids to teach them about conserving the planet.

We spent almost 4 hours there, going through all the exhibits.
Bus 151 takes you all the way in front of the museum and back to the nearest mrt station.

Definitely a must try for families!

Thank Jennifer K
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