It was nice to see lots of people coming for the Open House! From the very young to the young-at-heart, from all walks of life!
The main public gallery will remain open until April next year. And even when that closes, lovers of the museum need not wait till the new museum opens to have access to its natural history as it will be holding roving exhibitions as part of its continued public outreach.
The Behind the Scenes tour of the Museum is popular and this will be last look at the situation in the Raffles Museum. Only a miniscule portion of the Museum's collection is displayed in the Public Gallery. Most of the existing collection of 500,000 specimens is packed away in compactors and used for research. The museum's scientific collection will be closed to all but museum staff after September. Joelle Lai not only held up this sign but also held up the entire Open House.
Kate Pocklington shows how she is helping to restore some of our really old specimens. Restoration is truly an art and requires patience and lots of talent!
heart cockle has transparent windows in its shell! This is because the clam, like the more famous Giant clam, has symbiotic algae in its body. The light allows the heart cockle's partner algae to produce food from photosynthesis, which is shared with its animal host. Isn't that awesome?! Thanks Siong Kiat!
the dinosaurs to be housed in the new museum! Just this small part of the dino's leg is taller than the kids! Imagine how awesome the entire skeleton will be!
Prof Leo Tan sharing with visitors at the Gallery. Prof has played a pivotal role not only in making the new museum possible, but also in Singapore conservation in general.
Pei Yan also shared a post about the Open House.
It was bitter sweet to spend the last Open House at the museum. But there's a bright future ahead, with more space for more people, more specimens and of course, dinosaurs!
Currently, the public can glimpse only less than 1% of the total collection of the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, at its tiny but well-loved public gallery. The new Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum will have 10 times the current museum's size devoted to exhibition space, as well as more classroom and activity space.
In some ways, the Open House was one of the triggers that led to the new museum! In 2009, thousands turned up for the museum Open House resulting in letters to the press about the need for larger facilities and broader questions were asked: Is it not high time that Singapore has a stand-alone natural history museum? After much hard work, in what seems a very short time, the new museum is now a reality!
You CAN make a difference for the new museum!
Funds are still needed for the new museum. A website has been launched to accept donations from the public. Your gift will help to create a museum that we all can be proud of! You can donate online, by cheque or call 6516-5082 to make donations in cash or other gifts.
Can the public see anything of the collection now?
Don't worry if you missed the Open House. You can still visit the RMBR public gallery at other times until April 2013. Displaying fascinating specimens from Singapore and beyond, 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.
Even after the main gallery closes in April 2013, lovers of the museum need not wait till the new museum opens in 2014 to have access to its natural history. There will be roving exhibitions as part of the museum's continued public outreach.
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?
About this Open House
- Fun at museum's last open house Jose Hong Straits Times 20 May 12;
- Dinosaurs' lair to have prehistoric facade But the interior of the new museum building will have high-tech features, Tan Dawn Wei Straits Times 19 May 12;
Related media articles
- Let's have a natural history museum for Singapore A specialist showcase will do justice to the richness of the region's environment, Tan Dawn Wei, Straits Times 14 Jun 09;
- Natural history needs more room in Singapore Prized exhibits are now tucked away at NUS, and space is also running out, Victoria Vaughan, Straits Times 4 Jun 09;
- Plans to expand museum at NUS Straits Times Forum 5 Jun 09;