|Rick Leong enthralls kids at the 2011 Open House.|
The Gallery showcases Singapore's amazing biodiversity
|Tan Sijie guides during a tour in 2008 for nature volunteers.|
found in Siglap in 1883.
Kids have lots of fun exploring and learning about wildlife!
|Taking a closer look during the 2010 Open House|
Here's more about what you can see at the gallery.
Opening hours: 9am-5pm, Mon to Fri, closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.
Location: Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, link to campus map.
Guided and group tours of the Public Gallery is available, pre-registration required. More details on the RMBR website.
Although it is sad to see the beloved Public Gallery close, we can look forward to a much bigger and better gallery in the new museum, with gianormous dinosaurs and more! Here's more about the new natural history museum at the ground breaking ceremony.
Your help needed for the new museum!
While physically, the new natural history museum is taking shape, there is still much work get the 'software' into place. Prof Peter and Prof Leo will continue working hard to raise $10 million in endowment for professorships, fellowships and staff costs. The current museum is now operating with just two researchers and four curators. It will need to boost the team as the collection grows and the museum moves to its much larger, more public premises. It is looking at hiring at least half a dozen more of such staff, who will also take charge of teaching students.
You can donate to the museum online.
More ways to help!
Besides raising funds to pay for manpower, the museum is looking for donations in kind: collections of specimens such as the Fleming collection.
Ordinary people can also help get invaluable specimens by alerting the museum on roadkill.
Marcus Chua explains why this is useful on his post about the pangolin roadkill found recently. He explained earlier how a facebook post of a banded leaf monkey contributed to serious research on the monkey and current efforts to protect it. Also how roadkills were the only verifiable evidence of the presence of leopard cats in Singapore. Marcus is now seriously studying them.
Get updates on the new museum via the RMBR news blog and Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum facebook page.
- MORE about the new museum including:
- What's so special about our natural history collection?
- Why is this collection NOT displayed at the National Museum?
- Would people want to visit the new museum?
- Is a natural history museum important to conservation?