Natural History Museum
Some of Malaysia's most rare and endangered animals can be found at the Natural History Museum in Putrajaya
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The Natural History Museum a focuses on mammals and insects in Malaysia. The musem is located in Precinct 15 of Putrajaya and was opened on 1st February 2010. The museum boasts an extensive collection of Malaysian mammals, including endangered and rare species, such as the Asian Elephant, the Sumatran Rhinoceros, the Sun Bear, the Orang Utan and the Malayan Tiger. In addition, the museum also has a vast gallery of local insects, many of which were collected and preserved by members of the museum on various field trips.
The museum is housed in a modern two storey building with tall glass walls. It is not a large museum but is able to offer visitors the chance to view many animals that are synonymous with Malaysia. Without this museum, visitors would have to visit the National Museum to catch a glimpse of some of the animals, and miss out on animals like the Orang Utan that live exclusively on the island of Borneo. The main exhibit currently on display at the museum is the Malaysian Mammals Exhibit, featuring endangered and rare mammals in Malaysia. There are around 14 major displays showcasing various types of animals, from the Tiger Valley display with various tiger species, to the Bat exhibit detailing the numerous bat species that live in Malaysia. An exhibit that is a firm favourite of the younger visitors is the Bryde's Whale exhibit. The skeleton of a Bryde's Whale is displayed prominently at the start of the exhibit, its huge frame stretching against the side of the museum.
The upper gallery is dedicated to insects, which are divided according to taxonomy. Insects are displayed in cases and labelled according to their respective orders. Tucked away in the back of the gallery is a viewing area, where visitors can learn more about insects through videos produced by the museum. There is also a smaller area dedicated to a small but interesting collection of rocks and fossils in the upper gallery.
The museum is open from 9 am to 5 pm daily and is closed only on two Muslim holidays, the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Hari Raya Aidiladha. Admission fees are RM 2 for adults and RM 1 for children. The museum also conducts various activities throughout the year in an effort to promote nature.