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Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, Singapore
(4.5/5 based on 75+ reviews on the web)
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.
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  • It's a snazzy little modern setup, with well-designed exhibits (except for the fact that some of them are not labelled in the most convenient manner - it requires some back-and-forth between the list ...  more »
  • Overall, we felt the Museum was really informative and were especially impressed with the Whale skeleton and even more so due to the fact it was found near Singapore. We did however find the cost to e...  more »
  • I first visited LKCNHM before its renovation in 2008. I am now a student of NUS and admission is free, but I did not drop by until National Day 2016 when I brought my HK friends around. The exterior o...  more »
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  • A great place to bring your kids for fun and knowledge. A big range of species covered, the most impressive part is dinosaurs fossil. Some birds feather can be better taken care of. Amateur photographers can find it hard to get best angle for dinosaurs. Some photospot guides may help.
  • A wonderful natural history museum with lots to learn and see. Specimens were aplenty, and ranged from the microscopic to the dinosaurs. Very intriguing place! Do set aside a good 2-3 hours to fully explore the place. A small outdoor eco garden is present on the upper floor, where real mangrove plants are planted.
  • It was an excellent experience for my family and I as it has many different types of exhibits and are very educational. During the whole visit, there wasn't any point in time to feel bored as it is just so enjoyable and interesting.
  • An interesting place to learn about natural history and see the specimen first-hand. The museum boasts two impressive complete dinosaur sets of bones, as well as one set of whale bones. You can learn a lot, so be prepared to spend a couple of hours here.
  • One of he latest museum attraction in Singapore. Worthwhile to visit for artefacts.