Finally time for Adventure Saturdays! We visited the new Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) located in NUS on Saturday afternoon. Lemme share some photos and our experience there!
There happened to be a whale fund raiser on the day that we visited thus we got 50% off admission tickets! Original price is $16 per adult, $9 for child, NSF and Seniors (rates for Singaporeans).
Operationally, the LKCNHM is composed of two major entities. The main component is the plant and animal collections which form the core of its existence. There is also a public gallery section, which includes the teaching and outreach components of the museum.
The main floor is about the history and diversity of life on Earth, with a strong emphasis on Southeast Asian plants and animals. There’s a small exhibition on LKCNHM’s heritage on the second floor. It’s quite a big area and we took about one and a half hours to explore the entire museum.
The sections are arranged as follows: LIFE, PLANTS, FUNGI, MOLLUSCS, ARTHROPODS, “FISH”, AMPHIBIANS, “REPTILES”, DINOSAURS, BIRDS, and MAMMALS.
// LIFE & PLANTS //
In his own world *engrossed*
If I didn’t remember wrongly, these should be different types of pitcher plants. I didn’t know there were so many types! Am always very interested in Pitcher plants cause the way they lure bait is darn interesting.
// FUNGI //
This is one of my favorite foods on earth, so I took quite a bit of interest in this section. So many varieties I have never seen or heard of! Can you spot a heart shaped mushroom in the photo below?
// Molluscs //
// Arthropods //
The main highlight is definitely the three dinosaurs skeletons right in the middle of the museum. I thought they were fake and for display purposes only, till we read the signs and realised that they are real fossils!
The three diplodocid sauropod skeletons are nicknamed “Prince”, “Apollonia” and “Twinky”. Each of them is about 80% complete, making them a rarity in dinosaur discoveries. Even more amazing is that two of these skeletons come with skulls – a rarity as far as sauropod dinosaurs fossils are concerned! These three skeletons were found between 2007 and 2010 in a quarry in a small town of Ten Sleep in the United States and are believed to be part of a herd or even a family. These dinosaurs are the main attraction of the main gallery, showcasing the diversity and history of life on Earth.
There is a dinosaur light show at various timings. To be honest, they just shine a bunch of lights at the fossils and play weird dinosaur and nature sounds. We weren’t super impressed.
There are also many many interesting stuffs – i’m too lazy to go classify them!
This has got to be one of the weirdest things I have ever seen!!
On the mezzanine floor, there is the Heritage gallery showcase which displays plant and animal material from the original Raffles Museum, including many iconic specimens from Singapore! Another is the SINGAPORE TODAY area that displays the geology of the island, and highlights the efforts by agencies to conserve the island’s natural heritage.
The second floor wasn’t too interesting for me personally. Many of the specimens seems to be repeated or found on the first floor.
Overall, we really enjoyed our date at the LKCNHM cause there’s so many interesting things on display and we have learnt so many new things. You can literally spend hours there if you really read all the signs and explanations in detail, which we didn’t… I will recommend this museum more for teens and adults and not for like very young kids.
Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore
2 Conservatory Drive