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 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 the Dinosaur Gallery, three remarkable dinosaur specimens, Prince, Apollonia and Twinky, are on display. They are among the most intact fossils ever found. And they belong to the family Diplodocidae, a group of relatively slender but long dinosaurs with short legs. The exhibition also houses a full size model of dodo. The skull and bones of a real dodo can be viewed in a display case.
Starting with flowers and trees, life-sized replicas are on display in the Plants Gallery. there is a life-sized replica of Sumatran flower, the world’s largest flower. Visitors can also examine cells, the building blocks of living things, found in wood under a microscope.
Biodiversity in the Sea is a gallery for sea creatures such as sponges, sea jellies and shells. The gallery devoted to arthropods or animals with external skeletons, among the interesting exhibits here are fossils of trilobites, a marine creature that existed before the dinosaurs. Other specimens here include ‘live’ scorpions and giant crabs.
The Land Animals Gallery houses reptiles, birds and finally mammals. In the reptile section, a huge crocodile specimen will surely catch the attention of visitors. Amazingly, it was found in Sungei Serangoon right here in Singapore! There is also a cast replica of the Archaeopteryx fossil. The importance of this fossil is that it shows an animal with both reptilian and bird-like features, supporting the theory that the ancestry of birds can be traced back to dinosaurs.
Whatever you choose to do, make sure to explore all that the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum has to offer and you will walk away amazed by the biological diversity found in this world. Get more information about the museum visit http://lkcnhm.nus.edu.sg/.