Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Hey everyone!

This week we visit a ‘hidden-gem’ of a museum in Singapore, located in the heart of the National University of Singapore! The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum hosts a collection of preserved animal and plants species, but its most spectacular exhibits are the three ancient sauropod skeletons, which hover over the visitors in the in the main hall.

DSCF8514

The museum was opened about a year and a half ago, although its history and origins date back to the late 1800s. It was reputedly known as the “Raffles Library and Museum”, initiated by the founder of modern Singapore, Sir Stamford Raffles. The museum is dedicated to exhibiting Southeast Asian biodiversity, as well as raising awareness about biodiversity-related environmental issues. The museum also conducts research on various plant/animal species, and publishes widely.

Nevertheless, this is Singapore’s first prominent natural history museum, so we decided to check it out, and brought our usual camera companions along!

DSCF8517

All that symmetry is rather dizzying…

DSCF8518

The skeleton of a manatee…

DSCF8522

Sandra, inquisitive as ever, checking our tree bark with a microscope!

DSCF8526

Smelly, smelly! The corpse flower derives its name from the foul stench of a decomposing corpse, which it emits when it blooms! It is also one of the tallest flower in the world.

DSCF8534

When someone is captured in the dark standing behind shelves of preserved fauna in glass jars… creepy!

DSCF8535

Meet the sauropods! Believe it or not, they have names: Twinky, Apollonia and Prince. Hmm.

DSCF8536

A rock from outer space!

DSCF8542

An ominous-looking pterodactyl hanging from the ‘sky’…

DSCF8549

The magnificent sauropods are more than 80% complete, which is a rarity for fossil finds! They were all found in the USA.

DSCF8553

The museum was really spacious, and we had gone during a public holiday, so it was not busy!

DSCF8556

The Japanese spider crab, whose leg span is the longest in the world!

DSCF8559

Damian pointing to his crew of turtles and tortoises; we spotted some live ones at the recently closed Underwater World at Sentosa!

DSCF8567

DSCF8568

This skeleton was preserved after a sperm whale had been found dead off the shores of Singapore last year; the glowing orange part of the tail depicts a grievous wound it had suffered.

DSCF8573

DSCF8574

DSCF8581

… WOAH! So life-like!

DSCF8584

We saw a beautiful old medium format camera with exquisite bellows!

DSCF8602

Two happy folks enjoying a short but enlightening trip!

Our instant film companion was our Lomo’Instant Wide, which presented a challenge in the dark environment of the museum. Here are some of our attempts at capturing the fascinating creatures on display:

This museum visit was certainly more unique than the other museums we had visited. So far, we had visited art and history museums, but to be able to learn more about the biodiversity in Singapore and around the world was refreshing and educating for us city-dwellers! We definitely recommend visiting this place if you have the time (although it is not free)!

Till next time,

Damianwithsandra

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s