If you are someone with an interest in the natural history of our country or want to see some rare and extinct skeletons or preserved species, then visiting the Regional Museum of Natural History in Bhubaneswar is an ideal place for you. Displaying a vibrant collection of preserved species of both flora and fauna and showcasing the vibrant diversity of the eastern region of the country, the museum of natural history attracts a horde of visitors throughout the year.
Timing: 10 am to 5 pm (Monday closed)
Location: Acharya Vihar, Sachivalaya Marg, Near Planetarium, Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
Entry Fees: Nil.
Established in 2004, the Regional Museum of Natural History is the only museum of its kind in the eastern region of the Indian subcontinent. The museum is under the administration of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, New Delhi and showcases the rich biodiversity of the state of Odisha, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the North-East, African forests, and even Madagascar through numerous galleries.
The major best part of the museum is the gigantic skeleton of Baleen Whale which is the biggest whale in the country and apart from that the skeletons of Toothed whale, elephant, and rhinoceros, skulls of different species of whales, rhinos, tigers, elephants, and numerous other animals also draw a horde of visitors. Another special item of attraction is the rare fossil ‘egg’ of the now-extinct Elephant bird which is a one-of-a-kind exhibit in the entire country that you will find only in the Bhubaneswar Museum of Natural History. The many other skeletons of mammals and reptiles in the museum catch the attention of many visitors and particularly students who are interested in life science.
Tourists also visit this museum to see the taxidermy gallery which has various animals such as Hyena, Cheetah, Deer, and more. On display, the museum also houses several different types of preserved butterflies, moths, reptiles, etc. The museum premises also has a children’s gallery furnished with fun and interactive displays which are loved by children and small kids. The auditorium and the interaction center host several activities and seminars which also attract a large number of tourists. If you are in Odisha or the capital city Bhubaneswar, make sure to visit the Reginal Museum of Natural History to gain insight into the historic and prehistoric flora and fauna of Eastern India.