A project that took 12 years to materialise, the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) is Singapore’s latest attraction and the nation’s first and only natural history museum. Located at the National University of Singapore (NUS) the LKCNHM traces its roots to the original Raffles Museum of 1878, the oldest such institution in the region, according to NUS.
“The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum is an excellent example of a ground-up initiative that brings together Singaporeans from all walks of life, to contribute to a worthy cause. This museum will serve to educate many generations of Singaporeans the importance of protecting our heritage and contribute to regional and global biodiversity research,” said Singapore President Dr Tony Tan during the official opening.
The seven-storey museum that spans 8,500 sqm houses a treasure trove of over a million specimens from the region. It is also home to three highly anticipated diplodocid sauropod fossils: Prince, Apollonia and Twinky. These complete dinosaur fossils, characterised by their extremely long necks are believed to be part of a herd or a family, making them exceedingly rare. These Jurassic period dinosaurs that can grow up to 34 metres in length take centre stage in the main gallery, showcasing the rich diversity and history of life that once roamed Earth.
The other parts of the 15-zone main gallery tracks the history of life on earth and exhibits the evolution of various species, while a mezzanine floor presents the history of the Raffles Museum and LKCNHM as well as Singapore’s history of biodiversity exploration.
The museum will be open to the public from 28 April 2015 onwards and admission tickets can be purchased from sistic.com.sg. Do note that the tickets are only valid for a 1.5 hours stroll in the museum and no selfie sticks are allowed into its premises. So appreciate the exhibits and move on.
Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum ticketing details
Standard Rates: $20 (Adult); $12 (Child – 3 to 12 years old)
Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents: $15 (Adult); $8 (Child – 3 to 12 years old; student, senior citizen, full-time national serviceman, person with disabilities)