01 August 2015 - 9:51 pm

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

The establishment of the Natural History Museum at Precint 15, Putrajaya is an effort by the Government to collect, document and exhibit natural treasures encompassing the fauna, flora, rocks, minerals and fossils of this country to benefit all levels of society, as well as foreign visitors. This museum houses thousands of specimens of threatened and endangered fauna, as a reference to the natural heritage of our country. Since the inception of the Department of Museums Malaysia, the Natural History Museum, which used to be known as the Natural History Unit, was set up by the department to conduct research and documentation related to the nation's fauna, flora and geology. The process of collecting specimens of flora and fauna for the museum's collection actually began as early as 1901, and were carried out by English officers who served in the Malay Peninsula at the time. This is proven by the earliest recorded specimen that is still being kept at the museum. The museum was opened to the public in February 2010.

  • To collect, research and exhibit floral, faunal and geological heritage to preserve knowledge and disseminate understanding of the natural treasures of this country to the global community.
  • Make the Natural History Museum a reference centre and information resource for natural treasures, especially flora and fauna species that have become extinct and endangered.
  • To document all collections of floral, faunal and geological specimens for the reference of scientists and future generations.
  • To make the natural treasures of this country one of the nation's tourism assets.

To become the nation's leading Biodiversity and Geodiversity Research and Reference Centre

  • To interpret nature through research, exhibitions and education.
  • To disseminate knowledge on the nation's natural heritage.
  • To trigger inspiration and aspirations in order to foster a love for the wealth of natural heritage

The New Look of Natural History Museum (2015)

Housed in building with modern facilities and surrounded by beautiful landscape parks, the immense collection of the Natural History Museum comprises of flora, fauna and geology of Malaysia. This museum displays some of the most valuable natural heritage of our country that threatened with extinction such as mammals, reptiles, insects, marine life, birds, rocks, minerals, fossils and others to be studied, understood and appreciated.

Malaysian Mammals Exhibitions (2010-2014)

The Malaysian Mammals Exhibition is held on the ground floor of the Natural History Museum. The exhibition displays more than 49 mammal specimens, such as skeletons, skulls, tusks and preserved animals. The specimens are exhibited against a backdrop of its natural habitat, accompanied by brief information about the animals on display. Most specimens are among animals that have become extinct or critically endangered. One of the main attractions at the Natural History Museum is the Bryde Whale skeleton, which is about 39 feet long.

The Odd Rock Exhibitions (2011)

The Odd Rocks exhibition showcased a wide range of unique rocks consisting of meteoric rocks, fossilised wood and various mineral collections. Meteorites, for example, are rocks from space that fall freely to the Eearth's surface as a result of the collision and shifting of asteroids in space. Fossilised wood, on the other hand, results from the deposition of sediment, mineral filling and a suitable environment that prevents the wood from rotting and preserves it. Unique minerals have certain chemical contents, structures of atom arrangements and specific physical characteristics. The result is a crystal formed in different colours, hardness, luster, cracks, grains and streaks. Among the attractions are fossilised stone tools in suevit found in Bukit Bunuh, Lenggong, Perak in 2008. Stone toola artifacts, such as axes and hand-held devices was found embedded in suevit, a type of rock formed by a meteorite impact that occurred 1.8 million years ago. These findings suggest that these artifacts are over 1.8 million years old, because they were found embedded in suevit. This means that the earliest people in the Southeast Asian region existed in Malaysia, especially in the Lenggong Valley.

The Insect Exhibition (2011)

The Insect and Spiders Exhibition demonstrates the diversity of unique and interesting insects in Malaysia. A total of 378 species of insects and spiders are displayed in this exhibition, including a total of 8 major groups of insects - Phasmatodea, Lepidoptera, Coleoptera, Orthoptera, Odonata, Hemiptera, Mantodea and Arachnida. The main attraction of the exhibition are rare specimens like the Long Beetle (Pachyteria sp.), Goliath beetle (largest beetle in the world), giant leaf insect, Atlas moth and more.

Nature Photography Exhibition (2011)

The Nature Photo Exhibition which took place on June 14, 2011, showcased various forms of  photographic arts related to our country's natural history. It was held as a continuation of the organisation of the Environmental Photo Contest that was held on 6 April to 6 May 2011. The objective of the competition is to encourage more people to appreciate the beauty of nature through the art of photography. In addition, it also provides an opportunity for all ages to engage in the art of photography as a medium of photographic creative expression specifically in the appreciation of the natural environment. The more than 230 photographs displayed (70 photographs printed images and 160 photographs were virtual) in the exhibition were the works of the participants of the Environmental Photo Contest 2011. There were two main categories that were contested - the open category (18 years above) and schools (under 18 years) and each participant could choose three main subjects of flora, fauna and rocks.

Mystery of the Crocodile Exhibition (2011 to 2012)

From 26 November 2011 until 29 February 2012, the Mystery of the Crocodile Exhibition was held at the Museum of Natural History Putrajaya. The objective of this exhibition was to provide information to visitors about crocodiles that have existed on Earth since prehistoric times. Despite frequent conflicts between humans and this animal, there are many secrets and interesting stories about the crocodile. The scope of the exhibition covers the early history of the existence of the crocodile, crocodile fossils that prove their prehistoric existence, species of crocodiles found in Malaysia, the life cycle of the crocodile, its nature, aspects of protection and conservation, conflicts between crocodiles and humans, as well as its uniqueness, which affects human life. Some preserved specimens, like the "of Bujang Samarahan" crocodile, the world's smallest crocodile (Osteolaemus tetraspis), the julong julong crocodile (Tomistoma schlegelii), the story of the legendary crocodile 'Bujang Senang' and a replica of Crocodylus porosus, better known as' the Puchong Crocodile," which measures about 5:58 meters, were the main attractions of this exhibition.

Uniqueness of the Bonsai Exhibition (2012)

The uniqueness of the Bonsai Exhibition 2012 was held from 15 March 2012 to 15 April 2012. The exhibition was held specifically to showcase more than 202 unique and high-quality bonsai trees from the entire country for the benefit of visitors to the Museum of Natural History, Putrajaya. The exhibition was held to display the uniqueness and diversity of local bonsai art to the public and to encourage appreciation of nature among the community through bonsai art.

Visitors were also treated to a variety of relevant information including the history of bonsai art, local and international bonsai developments, the basic methods of bonsai care, bonsai styles and shapes, types of bonsai trees, as well as interesting facts about bonsai. The main attraction were 4 types of bonsai trees, which are the most expensive and oldest in Malaysia. In conjunction with this exhibition, visitors also had the opportunity to participate in side events such bonsai competitions, bonsai clinic, as well as sales and auctions of bonsai products.

Frogs & Toads Exhibition (2013-2014)

The Frogs and Toads exhibition was opened to the public since March 22, 2013. The exhibition is held to disseminate information and knowledge of amphibians that are threatened with extinction as a result of increasing environmental damage and climate change. On exhibit are live specimens of frogs and toads, preserved specimens and frogs skeletons along with a description of the species' common traits, morphology, family, life cycle, survival techniques, diet, role in the ecosystem and conservation efforts. Some of the species of live frogs and toads on display in this exhibition are the Azureus Blue Dart Frog, Reindwardt Flying Frog, Malaysian Horned Frog, African bullfrog, and Yellow Spotted Toad, while a total of 82 specimens comprise of wet and dry preserved specimes and frog skeletons. Among the museum's selected collection is the Wallace's Flying Frog, a frog species named after the famous British naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace.

The Red Flower (2015)

Hibiscus or Hibiscus rosa-sinensis has been the official flower of Malaysia for the past 55 years. The hibiscus was officially announced as the country’s National Flower on 28th July 1960 by the Prime Minister, YTM Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj. The hibiscus is a type of medium-sized shrub with wooden branches and serrated leaves. The flowers are available in a variety of colors with five petals that are either clearly defined or overlapping. The hibiscus is known to be the preferred ornamental plant as it strives well in tropical regions and are easily cultivated. However, not many are aware of its numerous benefits and influence it has on various aspects of health, arts, culture, economy and others. This exhibition is held to feature the many facets of the hibiscus from its rich history and scientific anatomy and usages for the benefit of all visitors.

 

Guided tours

Guided tour services are provided by the Museum of Natural History to group visits that apply formally to the Director of the Museum. Through these guided tours, visitors will have the opportunity to interact directly with the museum officials and get a deeper explanation regarding specimens on display.

 

Outreach Programmes

Outreach programmes is a method for the museum to approach local communities in order to promote the museum and also to disseminate information about the country's natural treasures. Typically, this programme will be accompanied by a small-scale exhibition with a specific theme and also an exhibitio of related specimens as attractions. Educational activities are used to enhance visitor understanding of the exhibition and the importance of preserving the flora and fauna of the country.

 

Night at the museum

The overnight programme at the Museum of Natural Museum is organised to expose students to the role of the museum, especially the Museum of Natural History as a point of reference and education that is interesting to visit. Such programs can provide opportunities for students to get to know and approach museums to further enhance the understanding that museums are not dilapidated buildings that hold old artifacts or specimens, but rather an educational institution which conserves, preserves and exhibits the country's most valuable natural heritage.

 

Courses

Human capital development programmes in the field of museology are essential, to ensure that the museum staff is always knowledgeable, skilled and confident to perform tasks in the museum field. Accordingly, the Museum of Natural History organises several courses related to the field of natural history together with the training department and involving local and foreign experts.  Among the courses organised are as follows:

  • Bird Taxidermy Course (2004)
  • Herbarium Management Course (2005)
  • Fish Moulding & Casting Course (2005)
  • Mammal-Deer Taxidermy Course (2006)
  • Diving Course at Tioman Island (2006)
  • Birs Taxidermy Workshop (2010)
  • Basic Preparation Herbarium Specimen Workshop (2011)
  • Fern Specimen Preparation Course (2012)
  • Basic Bird Taxidermy Course (2013)

 

 

ZOOLOGY UNIT

Bil.

Research

Year

1

Research and Collection of Sea Cucumbers in Sabah

2004

2

Research and Collection of Marine Life Specimens in Kapas Island, Perhentian Island and Redang Island

2005

3

Research and Collection of  Marine Life Specimens in Tioman Island

2006

4

Forest Scientific Expedition to Bauk Hill, Terengganu

2006

5

Research and Colection  os freshwater fish specimens at Banding Lake, Grik Perak

2007

6

Inventory of the Biodiversity of Reserved Wildlife in Liar Sungkai, Perak

2007

7

Research on the Diversity of Odonata in the Royal Forest of Belum, Perak

2010

8

Early research on Arthropod, Mollusc and Annelida Phyllum at Pasoh Forest, Negeri Sembilan

2010

9

Research on the diversity of insects in the west coast islands of Peninsular Malaysia

2012

GEOLOGY UNIT

Bil.

Research

Year

1

Research and Collection  of amber specimens in Kapit, Sarawak

2005

2

Langkawi Geological Research

2006

3

Research on Hill Salt Morphology in Bario, Sarawak

2010

BOTANY UNIT

Bil.

Research

Year

1

Research and Collection  of Herb Specimens at Belata Hill, Selangor

2005

2

Research and Collection  of Herb Specimens in Perlis

2006

3

Research and Collection  of Herb Specimens in the Endau-Rompin National Park, Johor

2006

4

Research on the diversity of Moss in the Reserved Forest of Pandan River, Pahang

2010

TAXIDERMY UNIT

Bil.

Research

Year

1

Preservation of a giant shark specimen

2003

2

Preservation of a tiger specimen

2004

3

Preservation of an elephant skeleton in Johor

2005

4

Preservation of a deer specimen

2006

5

Preservation of a Bryde whale skeleton in Labuan

2009

6

Conservation of crocodile and tiger specimens in the collecton of Seri Menanti Palace

2012

 

9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. / Monday- Sunday

Closed on the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri & Hari Raya Aidiladha

Local Adult: RM 2.00

Foreign Adults and Children: RM 5.00

Children under 12 years, senior citizens and children in school uniform: Free

Surau, Toilets, Car Park, Wheelchairs, Toilets for Disabled Persons and Mini Auditorium.

Visitors may use public transport by boarding the Nadi Putra bus, numbers 500 and 501, from Putrajaya Sentral with the ticket price of just RM 0.50.

Coordinates (GPS): 2.946127,101.725427

Address: 
Jalan Diplomatik, Presint 15, Putrajaya.
Tel: 
03-8890 2884
Fax: 
03-8890 2879
Email: 
pr.mas@jmm.gov.my