Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum of Nepal is located near the Swayambhunath Hill and has a stable partnership with the Institute of Science and Technology. Together, they coordinate projects and programs to aid in the research and preservation of rare and threatened fauna and flora species. Since the opening of the Natural History Museum, the institute’s popularity has increased over the years solidifying its importance amongst the museums of Nepal.
Many scientists around the world have a great fascination with the fauna and flora of Nepal. Because Nepal has an extremely varied landscape with high altitudes and diverse vegetation, it can be hard to believe that Nepal would have many flowering plants. If that is what you think, you would be wrong. The small country of Nepal has approximately half the amount of flowering plants that would be found in other countries - such as the United States of America. This alone makes Nepal extremely interesting to botanists. This amazing diversity can be seen in the exhibition hall of the Natural History Museum which boasts with more than 9 000 plant specimens, both non-flowering and flowering.
Nature does not only consist of plants, trees and flowers, but animals, insects and other earthly creatures. The Natural History Museum of Nepal therefore offers visitors a spectacular collection of approximately 40 000 invertebrates and vertebrates. Interesting fossils, prehistoric shells, butterfly collections, snakes and a 100 skeletal remains are also on display. For those who are interested in seeing skeletons that have not lost their outer layers, the Nepal Natural History Museum has many stuffed crocodiles, birds and various animals in their exhibits.
For students, researchers, scholars and botanists, the Nepal Natural History Museum is the answer to all their questions. The museum is able to educate the public, and others who are interested, in the life cycles of birds, animals and plants that are able to survive at high altitudes. The Institute of Science and Technology and the Natural History Museum work together to record the plants and creatures found naturally in Nepal. They also research better ways to conserve and protect this unique natural landscape. Nepal is a land of wonder because of its fauna and flora, and the Natural History Museum hopes to educate people to respect and protect their beautiful natural surroundings.