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
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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
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).
|Regional Museum of Natural History,
The historical city of Mysore added another landmark with
the opening of the Regional Museum of
Natural History (RMNH) on 20th May
1995. Located on the banks of Karanji lake, and with the ba-
Chamundi hills, the Museum provides unique opportunity to explore nature
world through judicious mix of models, translites, AV aids,
diorama, thematic, interactive and pa-
rticipatory exhibits. The learning
in the captivating environment of the Museum is indeed a fun
The broad objectives of the Museum are:
1 Depict floral, faunal and geological wealth of the southern region
2 Depict ecological interrelationship among plants and animals with
emphasis on conservation of Nature and Natural Resources
3 Provide out of school facility for school children on curriculum-based
studies in biology and geology with emphasis on environmental aspect.
4 Develop programmers for masses to create environmental awareness.
The Museum has a gallery with many sections dealing with the Biological
Diversity, Life through the Ages. Future galleries will be on Ecology,
Conservation, Intangible Natural Heritge.
This gallery projects an overview of the Biodiversity
of the Southern region of India with special emphasis on Western
the Ghats. This section also presents the basic concepts of natural
history, the variety and diversity of plants and animals, some endangered
species of plants and animals and the geography and geology of the
The next section on Tropical Rain Forests signifies
the importance of these forests, not only for the countries possessing
them but also for the whole world for the enormous biological and
genetic wealth they hold. The section also projects the various
adaptation adopted by plants and animals of the region for their
The next section deals with the significance
of Wetlands and the Mangrove forests. The section also highlights
some of the adaptation acquired by plants and animals of these regions.
The section on Sea depicts a diorama of a marine
habitat, the adaptation of marine life and the vastness and importance
of different shores, estuaries and deep seas. The section concludes
with a scale model of a blue whale. A huge panel on the other side
shows river Cauvery-the lifeline of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
The gallery concludes with a large exhibit
panel cautioning against the wanton destruction of our natural heritage.
The life on earth today is result of millions
of years of evolution.This fascinating fact has been presented
here in a truly captivating environment through a walk-through tunnel,
where the visitor explores the mysteries of life over time and space.
The tunnel ends with the emergence of the modern man.
Discovery Centre in the museum is an area that
help activate various senses of the visitors, who may choose one
or several activities provided. This Centre consists of a Discovery
Room, and a Computer Room.
The Discovery Room provides opportunities for children
to handle, examine and study specimens through participatory activities
and discover information contained in several discovery boxes. Smaller
children get fascinated with the variety of toys and puzzles. A
mini theatre, a Bioscience lab, a sound booth etc are the other
facilities available to keep children engrossed in fun-filled creative
activities and enjoy learning with fun.
||Bioscience computer Room
This facility is meant for high school
students.It enables them to study biology using computers. The
multimedia techniques provide them an entirely new experience
of learning about nature through interactive facilities.