Toddycats at the official opening of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Singapore’s very first Natural History Museum officially opened on 18 Apr 2015, and excited Toddycats who had been rolled in to help turned up as early as 8.00am on the bright and cheery Saturday morning.


Toddycats, volunteers and museum staff having breakfast before getting to work!

Volunteers enjoyed a hearty breakfast before reporting to their respective ICs for the event briefing. As registration booths were quickly set up, ushers gathered at the foyer of the opening ceremony venue, the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, to welcome and guide guests to their seats. Excitement was high as everyone mingled and anticipated the arrival of the first guests.


A pre-event selfie by the Toddycats!

The event featured inspirational speeches by Head of LKCNHM Prof. Peter Ng, Ambassador-At-Large Prof. Tommy Koh, and Guest-of-Honour President Dr. Tony Tan, who brought the audience through the history of LKCNHM, and its important role in Singapore.

Toddycats had a chance to be amongst the first to walk through the galleries and look at the three Diplodocus skeletons (Prince, Apollonia, and Twinky) with their own eyes. The gallery brings guests through a timeline through various sections – the early formation of Earth and plants, then molluscs, insects, “fish”, “reptiles”, and then birds and mammals.


A panorama of the gallery


The stars of the show: Twinky, Prince and Apollonia.

“The gallery was magnificent! The dinosaurs were spectacular and the use of interactive tools made the experience truly phenomenal!”
– Audrey Lee, an NUS Toddycat on seeing the gallery for the first time

Toddycats were stationed around the Gallery to guide visitors and highlight some stories amidst the amazing diversity of specimens on display. Gallery guide Sean Yap got to demonstrate to Dr. Tony Tan how scorpions glow under UV light!


Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum will open to the public on 28 Apr 2015 (Tue) from 10.00am to 7.00pm (last entry 5.30pm). Tickets must be booked in advance from the Sistic website. A total of six sessions are available, each lasting 1.5 hours.

Tickets are priced at $20 for Adults and $12 for Children and Senior Citizens. Singaporeans and Permanent Residents enjoy a discounted rate of $15 for Adults and $8 for Children, Students, NSF, and Senior Citizens.

Do book your tickets now!

All Photos by Heng Pei Yan, Ivan Kwan, Kenneth Pinto and Joelle Lai


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