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.
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!
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,