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Singapore’s first natural history museum to open doors


We’ve seen and heard in TV series and movies about the American Museum of Natural History, and now Singapore finally has one to call their own - the newly opened Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM), which is set to open to the public next week onwards.

The seven-storey museum is located at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and is the first and only natural history museum in Singapore, which traces its roots to the original Raffles Museum of 1878, the oldest such institution in the region, according to NUS.

(Photo source: LKCNHM FB)

The museum which began operations last Saturday, houses more than 560,000 catalogued lots and over a million specimens from the region, including dinosaurs.

The main gallery of the museum comprised of 15 zones with three diplodocid sauropod fossils: Prince, Apollonia and Twinky, taking the centre stage.

The gallery tracks the history and evolution of life on earth, while the mezzanine floor which is the home to the heritage zone, presents the history of the Raffles Museum and LKCNHM.

LKCNHM will open its doors to the general public starting from 28 April onwards, with its operating hours from Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am to 7pm, including public holidays.

The admission tickets can be purchased from sistic.com.sg, and the details are as follows:-

  • Standard Rates: SGD20 (Adult); SGD12 (Child – 3 to 12 years old)
  • Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents: SGD15 (Adult); SGD8 (Child - 3 to 12 years old; student, senior citizen, full-time national serviceman, person with disabilities)
(Main photo source: nus.edu.sg)

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