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.
The layering effect is done through interesting use of planter boxes and using tropical plants.
The facade is a rock resembling Noah’s ark, to me at least.
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.
Primarily Singapore plants are introduced.