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The Natural history museum is one of the important tourist attractions of Thiruvananthapuram. A visit to natural history museum will be a very rewarding experience for everyone. This museum is located to the nearby vicinity of the more well-known Napier museum or the Government art museum.The Natural history museum at Thiruvananthapuram was started in the year 1885 but modern two storied building in which it is presently housed was constructed only in 1964.
The large building of natural history museum houses a variety of rich collection of ethnographic items. Animal skeletons, stuffed animals as well as birds form part of this exhibit. It can be certainly surprising to be aware of fact that museum was originally started with the personal collection of General Cullen. He presented his personal collection of minerals as well as books and which was all that the museum needed to be proud of during the initial stage. On the other hand as years progressed, the stock got richer.
There are many galleries inside the Natural history museum, Thiruvananthapuram. Each one is exclusively assigned to one specific category of animal kingdom. Therefore you will find individual galleries for the Mammals, the birds, the vertebrates, the invertebrates as well as the skeletons. There is a library and also a laboratory can be found in the museum. The Ethnology gallery provides precious insight into the races of mankind accompanied by their place of origins, their distribution and distinctive characteristics.
Morning 10 AM to 5 PM from Tuesday to Sunday.
However on Wednesdays, the museum is opened only at 1 PM.