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The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum is a seven-storey green building with a floor space of 8,500 sqm and home to over 560,000 catalogued lots and over a million specimens from throughout the region. A Public Gallery spread over 2,500 sqm showcases a carefully curated display of the flora and fauna of South East Asia as well as three majestic Sauropod dinosaurs. The bulk of the remaining space is dedicated to our growing Natural History Collections

 

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About the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

The history of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum goes a long way back. From the 1800s where the collections were part of the Raffles Library and Museum, the collections now have a spanking new home in the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum. Read more about the history of our collections and what we have to offer in our new home!

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Our Natural History Collections 

Our Collections are in two parts, the NUS Herbarium (SINU) and the Zoological Reference Collection (ZRC). The SINU Herbarium has more than 33,000 catalogued specimens in its holdings, forming a core facility for botanical research among NUS students and researchers alike. Our Zoological Reference Collection has one of the largest collections of Southeast Asian animals in the region with over 560,000 catalogued lots and over a million specimens in total.

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Our Staff 

The Museum is staffed by 14 scientists, curators, museum officers and collection personnels as well as 20 outreach officers and administrative staff.

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Highlights of the Museum

15 Different sections are devoted the origin of life and all major branches of the Tree of Life. This includes green plants, fungi, molluscs, arthropods, “fish”, amphibians, “reptiles”, birds, and mammals. Other sections are dedicated to demonstrating how terrestrial vertebrates evolved from “fish” and why birds are actually “dinosaurs.”