Opening of National History Museum


The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM), Singapore’s first and only natural history museum, was officially opened on 18 April 2015. The museum, which traces its roots to the original Raffles Museum of 1878, is the oldest such institution in the region. The museum is housed in a seven-storey building with 8,500 square metres of space and is home to over a million specimens from this region, forming an important research resource for Southeast Asian biodiversity researchers.


A large part of the museum will house the internationally renowned Zoological Reference Collection, formerly known as the “Raffles Collection”. This collection dates back to 1849 and is one of the largest collections of Southeast Asian fauna in the region with over 560,000 catalogued lots and over a million specimens. Most of these are irreplaceable and are priceless historical specimens. Of significance are the 150,000 specimens of Southeast Asian vertebrates, including one of the best bird and freshwater fish collections internationally.


The new public exhibition gallery comprises a Southeast Asian-centric Biodiversity Gallery, as well as a Singapore Heritage zone which traces the history of the Raffles Museum and features historically important specimens. It also features three iconic genuine dinosaur fossils – three massive sauropods, the largest of which measures 27 metres long!


From Faculty of Science Research Newsletter June 2015 Issue


Photo credit: Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum