Regional Museum of Natural History
Mysore is a landmark city in its own right. It is known as the ‘city of palaces’ but there is much more to the city than just palaces. Another landmark added to the already glorious city was the Regional Museum of Natural History that was established in the city on the 20th of May 1995.
The Regional Museum of Natural History (RMNH) was an undertaking of the Ministry of Environment and Forests of the Government of India. It is located amidst natural beauty as it is surrounded by the Karanji Lake with the Chamundi Hills in its background. It lays its emphasis on the conservation of nature and natural diversity and also depicts the relationship between plants and the animals. There are various Audio – Visual, Pictoral, Interactive and Thematic Galleries through which you can explore the various aspects of Mother Nature.
Establishment of the MuseumThe museum was established to depict the floral, faunal and geological wealth of the entire Southern part of India. It was established to depict the inter – relation between plants and animals and also to describe the importance of conserving nature and natural biodiversity. Another objective of the museum was to develop programmers for masses to create environmental awareness among them and a major objective was to provide school facilities for children on curriculum – based studies on biology and geology with special emphasis on the environmental aspect.
Galleries in the MuseumThe museum also has three important galleries which provide detailed information regarding the natural bio – diversity of that part of the country:
The first gallery is based on the Biological Diversity of South India with special emphasis on the Western Ghats. This section also includes some endangered species of plants and animals and the variety in diversity of plants and animals of that region.
Another important part of the first gallery is based on the Tropical Rain Forests which are in abundance along the Western Ghats. It depicts the importance of these forests, not only in the context of the countries that possess them, but also for the entire globe and their relevance for the same. Another section deals with the Mangroves and Wetlands and the adaptation undertaken by the plants and animals of that region.
Another part of the first gallery is dedicated to the sea. This section has a large collection of marine habitat of the coastal areas nearby along with their features and the adaptations that they have undergone. The end of the section showcases a scale model of the Blue Whale which is considered to be the largest mammal. The section also depicts the river Cauvery which is an integral part of both states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
The first gallery concludes with a pictorial warnings of not to destroy the natural biodiversity as they have developed after years of evolution. It ends with the depiction of the Evolution of Man.
Discovery Room of the MuseumThe Discovery Room is a part of the Discovery Center of the Museum. It helps in activating various senses of the visitors through the different activities that are available there. The Discovery Room provides the children to study different specimens and discover information on various habitats through several boxes kept there. There are interesting activities for the kids of the smaller age groups as well in the forms of games and puzzles. There are mini – theaters, bio – science laboratories as well as Sound Booths.
Bioscience Computer RoomThis is the last of the three galleries which is meant for high school students. Biology for students can be studied through computers. These interactive facilities help the children study biology in newer forms.
Address of the Museum:
Regional Museum of Natural History
Indira Venkalinga Layout
Mysore, Karnataka, 570019, India
Phone number: +91-821-2447046
Admission is Free