Almost exactly 2 years ago, MF and I visited River Safari on its opening day. Today, the boys and I stepped foot into the spanking new Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) on the first day they opened to public! Woohoo… We are making history! SAHM-hood FTW!
The first thing that greeted us was a beautiful wall motif showing some of the exhibits!
MF was super excited to go in to see the dinosaurs and kept bugging me to pass him his ticket.
So in we go! The first thing we did, obviously, was to take a photo with the dinosaurs!
Me: MF, go stand with didi and take a photo with the dinosaurs.
MF: Don’t want. I take photo for you.
Me: Okay. But make sure you can see the dinosaurs!
MF: *proudly* Nice? Nice?
Me: Can hardly see the dinosaurs!
MF: Can see lah.. THERE! *pointing to the dinosaur’s butt*
Me: Not like that! Come, I show you.
Me: Like this okay? I want to see the head!
MF: I tried already. Cannot.
Oh well… There goes my hope of taking a photo with the dinosaurs. So I just went around taking photos OF the dinosaurs.
I’ve seen photos on Straits Times and on TV before the visit, but the real thing was just too cool!! We were walking with dinosaurs… Literally!!
We spent some time admiring the details. (Okay, I spent some time admiring. The boys were just squealing away about wanting to go upstairs.)
Oh my… Look at those teeth!! Are they real??
MF: Mama!! Are you done taking photos? We are going upstairs!
Worried that the boys would break something upstairs, I ditched the stroller at the bottom of the stairs and chased after them. But they were too engrossed by the view of the dinosaurs from the top to go around breaking things.
MF: Mama, LOOK! There are flying dinosaurs!!
Wow, indeed! I didn’t notice the flying dinosaurs from downstairs! The media was so focused on the 3 Diplodocus that the two flying dinosaurs were neglected. Let me give them some attention.
I asked MF to take a photo of me with the dinosaurs from the second floor.
Now THAT’s much better! He even caught the flying dinosaur.. Lol! I loved the view of the dinosaurs from the second floor. It puts you at just the right height to come face to face with the dinosaurs!
After we were done taking photos with the dinosaurs, we went around to view the exhibits on the second floor. Near the staircase, there was a model of a giant black Marlin. MF said he wanted to compare size with it.
Long way to go kid. They went on to check out some smaller creatures.
There were soooo many showcases of exhibits. I couldn’t tell if they were all taxidermy or mixture of taxidermy and models. They all look super real to me!
After we went through the exhibits on the second floor, we went back to the first floor to see what else there were besides the dinosaurs.
MF: I want to take photo with that bird! It’s so cuteee!
Me: Oh, that’s a Dodo bird! It’s extinct already.
MF: Extinct? What’s extinct?
Me: Means they are all dead. Just like dinosaurs.
MF: Dinosaurs are extinct??? You sure??
Me: Yes! Have you ever seen a live dinosaur walking around?
MF: Errr… No…. How did they die?
Me: I don’t know. It’s a mystery.
MF: HOW?? HOW??
Me: I don’t know! Let’s go see what else there are!
MF: How did dinosaurs die?? How??
Me: Oh look! Orangutan! Those are not extinct! We saw them at the zoo!
Thankfully Mr Grumpy Orangutan made MF forget about extinction. Anyway he sure looked real. Look at those hands and hair… *shivers*
Moving on, we went to see other skeletons. I loved the way they posed the skeletons.
MF: Mama! Is this an elephant?
Me: Yes it is! Wow, you can recognize an elephant skull! Look, there’s even an elephant tusk!
MF: Elephant tusk? Ooo.. Then what tusk is THAT? *pointing to the Narwhal tusk.*
Me: That’s a Narwhal tusk!
MF: NARWHAL?? What Narwhal?
Me: Ermm.. It’s like a unicorn! With a tusk on its head! You know unicorn?
MF: Unicorn? I think so….
Me: My Little Pony!
MF: Oh! My Little Pony’s tusk!! *ran over to admire it more*
Now, are you wondering if there were any human skeletons? Well.. Yes there were!
And I did my best Sadako impersonation with the collection of human skulls.
Eeeks, I’m giving myself nightmares! Let’s go back to animals, shall we?
Okay, this was getting all too morbid. Moving on moving on. We reached one of my favourite showcases, “From Nursing To Learning”. We mummies can sure relate to that!
And this would make all mummies’ hearts melt…
Then there were the less motherly and more ferocious showcases.
There were many many more showcases, but I shan’t go through all of them. Go visit to see them for yourselves! It’ll be worth every penny of your admission fee.
Dinosaur Light Show
Every half an hour from 10.30am to 7pm (except at 12.30pm.. lunch break I guess?), there was a dinosaur light show.
There would be some flashing lights and the colours of the lighting around the dinosaurs would change. It was accompanied by roaring sound of dinosaurs.
It was actually nothing much. And the roaring sounds scared the wits out of two year-old MY who kept crying, “Scared scared.”
The museum shop was a trap. It was full of all kinds of Dinosaur toys! Check out that gigantic cardboard figurine of a T-Rex!
MF: Can we buy that dinosaur home PLEASE??
Me: NO! It can’t fit into our house!
MF: Can can. It would make our house very BEAUTIFUL.
Me: N O.
Shouldn’t have stepped into the shop.
Left with a box of dinosaur cookies.
Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum Commemorative Stamps
There was a booth outside the museum shop selling special commemorative stamps.
Lady: Would you like to purchase a First Day Cover?
Me: What’s a first day cover?
Lady: *said something about first day cover that I didn’t understand.* And look, there’s even a dinosaur chop with today’s date on it.
Me : *more attracted by the chop than anything* How much is it?
Okay, that was WAY cheaper than any of the toys in the museum shop.
MF: Mama, I want to chop!
Okay, let me explain. Chopping is a very Japanese touristy thing to do. Whenever we visited Japan, MF’s favourite activity was to collect chops from everywhere. So I asked the lady if I could borrow the chop to let MF chop on the envelope.
Lady: No no! Don’t chop there!
Me: Err… so where can I chop?
Lady: You can purchase one more envelope.
Me: Huh? And how much is that?
Okay, I forgot the price. It was 55 or 65 cents. I immediately felt super conned!! You mean there was a 55 or 65 cents envelope?? Then why on earth did I buy that $4.05 envelope???
Anyway I later on went to google what First Day Covers were and it finally made sense. They were like some collector’s item. No wonder they cost more and the lady told me not to anyhow chop on it! Felt so suaku.
After the boys had their chops, I literally dragged them out coz they kept wanting to chop more and we were holding up the queue! With that, we ended our super duper FUN trip to the new Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum.
If you want to visit LKCNHM, you need to purchase the entrance ticket from SISTIC before going. Tickets are NOT sold at the door.
Admission is strictly by timing. So you need to decide when you want to go and purchase the ticket for the specific time slot.
Opens on all Tuesday to Sunday (10:00am to 7:00pm)
Closed on Monday (Except Public Holiday)
Session 1 : 10:00am – 11:30am
Session 2 : 11:30am – 1:00pm
Session 3 : 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Session 4 : 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Session 5 : 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Session 6 : 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Visiting with Children
If you are bringing a stroller, not to worry. The whole museum was stroller friendly, all the way from the carpark. There was a lift to go up to the upper floor.
There is also a nursing room at Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum. It is outside the paid area, next to the museum shop.
Children under 3 years old do not require a ticket. They can enter for free.
Local Resident Ticket
S$15 – Adult
S$8 – Child / Student / Senior Citizen / NSF
S$20 – Adult
S$12 – Child
- Sistic Booking Fee of $1 for each ticket applies.
- Child age is 3 – 12 years old. Admission is FREE for children under 3 years old.
Information on Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
Address: 2 Conservatory Drive, Singapore 117377
Tel: 6516 5082