I brought my boys to the National Museum of Singapore before and both got bored pretty soon. At ages 3 and 5, they are not interested in looking at small exhibits with long paragraphs of description. So when I told my children that I was going to bring them to another museum, my 5-year-old actually said he didn't want to go because he remembered his previous encounter at the museum to be particularly boring. Thankfully, my 3-year-old was still game to visit a new place, so off we went with only two kids in tow!
The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) is located at National University of Singapore, at the Faculty of Science. There is a car park right behind the museum but has very limited spaces available. We were there on a public holiday and it actually wasn't crowded.
Unlike the National Museum, entrance to LKCNHM is not free. The admission tickets for Singaporeans and PRs are at $16 per adult and $9 for children ages 3 to 12. We spent about 1.5 hours there.
The dinosaur fossils are the centrepiece of the LKCNHM. They look majestic and are an awesome sight to behold! You can even take a closer look at the heads of the dinosaurs on the second level.
Here is a display of the bones of an elephant. They are absolutely HUGE!
Other than land animals, there is also a wide variety of sea creatures on display. Each display is intricately designed. The array of specimens is dazzling.
This is a gigantic Japanese spider crab!
The skeleton of a whale.
My kids sitting beside an enormous elephant skull! There are specific exhibits at LKCNHM which allow visitors to touch and feel them, which is what I like most about the museum! Young children, like mine, enjoy touching and feeling anything they come across. It is absolutely challenging for them to keep their hands to themselves when certain exhibits look so interesting and are within their reach! Therefore, having such exhibits are fun for little hands and minds to explore and learn!
Having a really close look at a crocodile exhibit.
This section of preserved specimens in jars is quite a sight. Looking at those specimens totally reminded me of my Biology lab sessions in Secondary school where we carried out dissections on various small creatures. Warning: not for the faint-hearted or easily queasy ones.
A gigantic cross section of a tree trunk!
Verdict: The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum is certainly more catered to Primary school children and above. But my 1-year-old and 3-year-old still had a lot of fun. The museum is rather spacious and with exhibits that they can get their hands on, it makes it much more fun and interesting even for the little ones. In general, the exhibits are very interesting, detailed and informative. My favourites were the huge whale and elephant skeletons, dinosaur fossils and the section on insects. Who knew those bugs which I detest so much could be so interesting and colourful!
The LKCNHM also reminded me of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Well, LKCNHM is MUCH smaller in size because we couldn't even complete the entire AMNH in 3 hours when we visited. However, the quality of the exhibits and the variety of specimens displayed are certainly comparable.
Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum may be small as compared to its cousins in other countries, but it sure still packs a punch!
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