Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, Singapore

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The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum is a museum of natural history at the Kent Ridge Campus of the National University of Singapore. Officially opened on 18 April 2015, it houses the Raffles Natural History Collection.The idea for a natural history collection was first mooted by Sir Stamford Raffles, and the collection of Southeast Asian biodiversity was begun in 1849 at the Raffles Museum . In 1972, the Government of Singapore removed the natural history collections from the National Museum and gave them to the Zoology Department of what was then the University of Singapore. They were housed in various temporary premises, including the Nanyang Technological University for seven years. Subsequently, they were returned to the NUS and housed in the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research. LKCNHM inherited the natural history collections from the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research.The Museum currently has more than 560,000 catalogued lots in its collection and over a million specimens from throughout the region. About 2,000 of these will be on public exhibition.In February 2016, the museum announced that $1 million was raised for scientific and educational efforts related to the 10.6m adult female sperm whale carcass dubbed "Jubi Lee" found in Singapore waters July 2015. The "Jubilee Whale Exhibit" was unveiled on 14 March 2016.
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  • Though small, the museum hosts many local specimens and a thorough collection gathered by some of the leading experts from the past, present and future of natural history studies. Probably not best fo...  more »
  • Fascinating, educational collection of regional flora and fauna specimens. Located within NUS, and certainly one for the fsmily.  more »
  • We visited today. My 11yo and 7yo were very excited when I told them we'll be seeing skeletons of dinosaurs, sperm whale, dolphin, mammals, humans... and many other exhibits from the animals, insects ...  more »

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