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Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

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Address: 2 Conservatory Drive | National University of Singapore, Singapore 117377, Singapore
Phone Number:
+65 6601 3333
10:00 - 19:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) is Singapore’s first and...

The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) is Singapore’s first and only natural history museum. The museum, which traces its roots to the original Raffles Museum of 1878, is among the oldest such institution in the region.

Established through philanthropic gifts totalling $56 million, LKCNHM aims to be a leader in Southeast Asian biodiversity and conservation research, education and outreach.

The exhibition gallery is divided into two levels: The main biodiversity gallery, comprising 15 zones, tracks the history of life on earth, among them green plants, fungi, molluscs, arthropods, birds and mammals. The mezzanine floor, home to the heritage zone, presents the history of the Raffles Museum and LKCNHM. This gallery holds the “Cabinets of Curiosities” where visitors can examine Singapore’s history of biodiversity exploration; the people who helped build this; and the biological treasures accumulated over 137 years. A zone titled “Singapore Today” reveals the geology of the island and the important conservation efforts by national agencies.

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A great natural history museum in Singapore

This beautiful new museum that replaced the previous one, is a great spot to learn more about biology, evolution and of course wildlife. Singapore and South East Asia has a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Albany, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Tickers were booked and paid for by KLOOK (APP), which made visit a little cheaper. $21 Adult & child $ 13 each.The museum has a good collection of dinosaur skeletons which our boys aged 6 and 7 really enjoyed.If you like stuffed animals this is also the place for you.Its a smaller museum when compared to the others in Singapore,... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited on a weekday with minimal crowd and felt underwhelmed. The exterior of the building was impressive and the media hype surrounding this museum when it first opened gave me a certain high expectation. LKCNHM pales in comparison with Smithsonian Museum, British Natural History Museum or Vienna's Natural History Museum - these are really world class but It would... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This beautiful new museum that replaced the previous one, is a great spot to learn more about biology, evolution and of course wildlife. Singapore and South East Asia has a phenomenal level of biodiversity and that is featured very prominently in the museum. The highlight for me was the video and information on the colugo, a beautiful animal that is... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This museum has more than 2,000 natural history specimens in two permanent galleries. They are very well presented in a spacious and air-conditioned building. Here are the star attractions: 1. 3 gigantic sauropod fossil skeletons at the Dinosaur zone; 2. Sperm Whale skeleton, salvaged in Singapore in 2015; 3. Model of Ah Meng, the Orang Utan who was the icon... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

This used to be a really old museum in the university but has now been totally transformed into a world class collection of animals, birds, she'll fishes, reptiles and all things living. The singapore whale skeleton and the 3 dinosaurs were very interesting. Although some of the earphones were not working, those that works tell of very interesting real life... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

It's amazing how long it took me to finally step foot inside the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum... and I came out feeling more than a little underwhelmed. My dad and I went in with a question, "who would be the museum's target audience?" We came out asking the same question. That much work went into making the museum... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

Had a great time at the museum, with a good collection of different species. The part that won me over was the wonderful guided tour given by Mae Chong; whose passion and knowledge really shone through that made this museum experience a unique and enriching one.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

It's a snazzy little modern setup, with well-designed exhibits (except for the fact that some of them are not labelled in the most convenient manner - it requires some back-and-forth between the list of contents and the numbered displays in several sections, which is a bit annoying). Clearly the dinosaur skeletons are the highlight, but if you've been to bigger... More 

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Cumnock, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Overall, we felt the Museum was really informative and were especially impressed with the Whale skeleton and even more so due to the fact it was found near Singapore. We did however find the cost to enter the Museum pretty high and that the Museum isn't actually that big. Also a few of the headphones to listen to the TV's... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

I first visited LKCNHM before its renovation in 2008. I am now a student of NUS and admission is free, but I did not drop by until National Day 2016 when I brought my HK friends around. The exterior of the building has obviously been upgraded but I was amazed by the transformation inside. It used to be cramped and... More 

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