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Regional Museums

Realising that, as a National Institution, the National Museum of Natural History has an obligation to the entire country in respect of creating environment awareness and promoting conservation education, it
was decided during the VII Plan to have regional offices in the form of Regional Museum of Natural His-
tory (RMNH) in different parts of the country in a phased manner so as to extend the activities of NMNH
at regional and state levels.


Accordingly, the first such Regional office was initiated in the 'Southern Region' in 1995 at Mysore (Kar-
nataka State). The second one was developed for the ' Central Region' in Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) in 1997.The third Regional Museum in the 'Eastern Region' of the country was established in Bhubaneswar (Orissa) and operationalised in 2004. The fourth Regional office was established in “Western Region” in Sawai Madhopur in 2008 and it is expected to be operational shortly. A fifth Regional office in “North-Eastern Region” is expected to be established soon in Gangtok (Sikkim).

[ Mysore -Bhopal - Bhubaneswar -Sawai Madhopur ]

RMNH Bhopal

The Museum deals with general aspects of natural history, depicts the flora, fauna and ecosystems of Region and promotes conservation and environmental awareness through its exhibit galleries and educational activities.

The value of a Regional Museum of Natural History in the Central Region of the country to highlight the flora and fauna and natural resources of the area, protection of ecosystems and the environmental awareness needs hardly any justification. It is encouraging that the State Government was keen to have such a facility developed at Bhopal for which the state offered the necessary land.

The RMNH at Bhopal would fulfill the following objects:

  1. Develop exhibits depicting the flora fauna and geology of the region.
  2. Depict ecological relationships among plants and animals including man, and emphasise the importance of conservation exhibits and educational activities.
  3. Provide special exhibits and activities to enrich the school curriculum in Biology, particularly on environment aspects.
  4. Develop appropriate educational programmes for children, adults and family groups to create environments awareness.
  5. Publish popular educational material useful for environmental education.
  6. Develop appropriate institutional material within the Region to promote environment education.