ANNOUNCEMENT Our gallery is re-opening on 16 July 2020 with precautionary measures for the safety of our visitors and staff. More information coming soon.
Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

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Temporary Closure of the Gallery


The LKCNHM Gallery will be temporarily closed with effect from 26 March 2020 until further notice. The re-opening date will be announced on our website and social media channels once it is confirmed. Our decision follows the advice of the Ministry of Health and the measures set by the Multi-Ministry Taskforce to limit the spread

Changes to Opening Hours


Singapore is now going through a COVID-19 outbreak. As a result, traffic in most museums and public areas have decreased as people take the necessary precautions. With the decrease in visitor numbers, with effect from Tuesday, 24 March 2020, the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum will shorten its gallery operating hours and close at

Untangling the Knotted Identities of Commercially Important Swimming Crabs


Are you sure the seafood you are consuming is what it says on the label or the menu? In 2015, a survey of Atlantic blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) meat sold in supermarkets and restaurants in Maryland, USA, revealed that nearly 50% of the products tested were from totally different, non-Atlantic species. DNA barcoding matched a

Reconstructing a Sperm Whale’s Tale


Four years after a female sperm whale was found dead in Singapore waters, scientists are starting to put the pieces together to reconstruct the story of how she got to be there. Discovered off Jurong Island in July 2015, she was the first (and only) sperm whale sighting that has been recorded here till date.

Visiting Scientist Feature: Ms. Umilaela Arifin


We recently welcomed a new visitor to the museum! Ms. Umilaela Arifin, a PhD student at the University of Hamburg, Germany, has been studying the phylogenetic systematics (evolutionary relationships between organisms) and biogeography of adult and larval torrent frogs over the past few years. Torrent frogs (or cascade frogs)—as their name suggests—are often found in

Visiting Scientist Feature: Dr. Alexander Ziegler


Last week, we welcomed a new visitor to the museum! Hailing from the University of Bonn in Germany, Dr. Alexander Ziegler studies sea urchins as well as other marine invertebrates. In particular, his research focuses on the internal anatomy of sea urchins. Dr. Ziegler at his workstation in one of our research labs. Traditionally, researchers