Natural History Museum – when dinosaurs walked the earth

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This week I was treated to a visit to the Lee Khong Chian Natural History Museum. The Museum will be officially opened end of this month.  Unlike other museums in Singapore, it is the first natural history museum, collection of once living specimens from land to sea. Compared to other such museums in Southeast Asia, it is the largest comparative collection of southeast asian natural specimens, from the tallest (dinosaurs) to the longest.

Mr Mok Wei Wei, the architect of the museum, brought us on a tour of the facade, showing us how he and his team had designed the evolution garden starting with green algae, moss, cycads and flowering plants.

Interest in natural specimens starts with phycology or study of algae

Interest in natural specimens starts with phycology or study of algae

The layering effect is done through interesting use of planter boxes and using tropical plants.

Cliff vegetation at the facade of LKC Natural History Museum

Cliff vegetation at the facade of LKC Natural History Museum

The facade is a rock resembling Noah’s ark, to me at least.

Cycads reputedly around since dinosaurs roamed the earth

Cycads reputedly around since dinosaurs roamed the earth

Mr Mok entertained us with stories of how he transported the liquid specimens and the dry specimens separately, the caution in not mixing the two, to avoid cross-contamination of bacteria, as well as ensuring that fire hazards, retrieval and other safety precautions are taken care.

Mangrove and freshwater vegetation highlighting the natural transition  to zone of dryland rainforest.

Mangrove and freshwater vegetation highlighting the natural transition to zone of dryland rainforest.

Primarily Singapore plants are introduced.

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