Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (RMBR) Hot
The Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (RMBR) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) houses Singapore’s national and reference collection of preserved zoological specimens as well as the University’s herbarium. The specimens are used for comparative research on the flora and fauna of Singapore and the Southeast Asian region. They are the preserved physical records of the region’s biodiversity. The Museum is named after the founder of modern Singapore, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. Although an amateur naturalist, Raffles was one of the pioneers who applied Western science to the discovery, naming and documenting of the biodiversity in Southeast Asia.
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Great for a Science learning journey
Many years ago, my school brought us on a learning journey to this museum. Truth be told, I was initially uninterested in biodiversity, but I left being informed and more curious about nature in general.
There were many taxidermies of animals such as owls around the museum and they were a little terrifying to little Clarissa. Yet, it was also eye-opening since I’ve never seen so many species of the same animals at once before. For my friends who had an interest in wildlife, they had a whale of a time in the museum.
While I cannot be said to have fell in love with animals after the visit, I think it’s a good place to bring young and old alike to learn more about our ecosystem!
Delightful, but only if you're the target audience
My first thought was that the museum had the strangest smell, while not something extremely unpleasant, it did give me the creeps. Add that to the rather startling realistic stuffed animal staring straight in your face the moment you walk in. Although there is an interesting range of other offerings, the visual impact of seeing such a life like displays was definitely the most impressive.
Personally, I was fascinated. Fascinated that a museum would exist tucked away in the hidden corner of NUS, and that such a small place could house so much. However, this museum is definitely for those with some degree of interest in wildlife and animals, as what it offers are incredibly niche. If you prefer interactive exhibits or excitement, then you would be better off saving the trip.
Great for projects, but otherwise.....no
The place is basically just a large room filled with life-sized specimens, so unless you're looking for information for projects or just interested in wildlife, you'll be better off visiting the zoo, where the animals are actually alive and infinitely more interesting. Even then, surfing the Internet for information and pictures might be a better option, since it's quite difficult to get there.
Due to lack of visitors, the place is eerily silent, and the uncomfortable feeling one gets there is compounded by the fact that one is surrounded by dead glassy-eyed stuffed animals, who look so real that one expects them to move.
Comprehensive range of biodiversity
The Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (RMBR) provides a comprehensive range of animals, including species found in Singapore as well as other parts of the world. For animal enthusiasts like me, you would surely enjoy the experience. It is quite difficult to find the museum if you do not know about it prior to coming to NUS as I myself despite being a student there did not know about its existence at first.
Contrary to popular belief the museum does not simply house stuffed animals, but also specimens of preserved insects, invertebrates and skeleton displays as well. All the displays give you a wide coverage of different aspects of biodiversity from the tiniest bacteria, to squishy shapeless jellyfish, to the magnificent giant turtles.
Admission comes at no cost, and the museum is often quiet as well, so you can enjoy yourself perusing the displays at peace. Some of the lighting in the room is in a strange position though, so it makes photo taking difficult.
Although the museum was sadly small, I really enjoyed every bit of it and enjoyed reading each little card with explanations printed on them. Do visit this museum if you have a passion for wildlife!
Not for everyone
Its basically a small museum featuring stuffed animals and research on plants, located in NUS. There is not much marketing done so I did not know about this place until I had a research project due that required me to visit this museum.
Entry is free!
The curator is ever eager to explain anything in further detail or to suggest certain interesting exhibits.
Personally, I did not really like it as I am not into stuffed animals which looked a tad creepy.
However, I do feel it is a informative museum and if you are interested in such living organisms, it is a great place to check out.
Stuffed Animals Up Close
One of the least known museums in Singapore, the RMBR is a research centre for biodiversity of Singapore and Southeast Asia. The museum houses extensive animal and plant collections but also serve for academic activities as well (research, field trips etc).
The museum is regretfully small but the museum will be moving to a bigger location within Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum soon and it will also house dinosaur relics!
It's the first time I’ve ever seen animal specimens anywhere in Singapore, so this is an refreshing experience for me. Here, you can see the cream coloured giant squirrel and it happens to be the rarest mammal in Singapore. There is also the Malayan colugo/flying lemur and you can see how the animal is able to ‘fly’/glide from tree to tree in its natural habitat. It’s quite cool to see these animals up close because they are shy animals and seeing them in their natural habitats would be quite difficult. There are other animal specimens on display here as well, such as amphibians, reptiles, plant, crabs etc that display the biodiversity of Singapore and its neighbouring countries.
There is also a garden located outside the museum, which houses some plants that are native in Singapore. The place may seem quite boring and very different from all the other museums in Singapore, but for budding enthusiasts looking to learn more about Singapore’s and SEA’s biodiversity, this is the place to go.