Gass Forest Museum, Coimbatore

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Gass Forest Museum is a government run natural history museum situated at Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, South India.
Toward the end of the 19th century, an aborted attempt was made by J. A. Gamble, the conservator of forests of Madras Presidency to establish a forest museum in the province. A few years later in 1902, Gamble's successor as Conservator of Forests, Horace Arichibald Gass, succeeded in establishing a museum for forestry. It was opened to the public 15 April 1902 by Baron Ampthill, the then Governor of Madras. When Gass, the first curator, retired in 1905, his successor F. A. Lodge renamed the museum in his honor. It was expanded in 1905 and 1915. In 1912, the Madras Forestry College (currently the Tamil Nadu Forest Academy) was established in the museum grounds to train foresters. During 1942-47, the museum was closed and the buildings used as shelters for World War II evacuees from Malta and Greece. After Indian Independence in 1947, the museum came under the Government of Tamil Nadu. It is currently administered by the management of Institute for Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding (IFGTB), which is also situated in the same campus as the museum. The museum was reopened for public on May 1, 2015 after carrying out renovation works. A 3D diorama depicting wildlife in its natural habitat has been added.
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  • I wanted to see as many sights in Coimbatore as was possible in my short visit, and I spotted this place on the map so decided to head there and take a look with a friend of mine on his scooter. It's ...  more »
  • Fifty years ago my father was teaching at the Forest College. I found some historical momentos that I took over to the college in February 2019. The curator and staff welcomed the items and I was touc...  more »
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  • If you are in Coimbatore, this is a must place to visit. This museum takes you back into history featuring the life cycle of Birds and some Animals. Very well maintained by Central Government Staff. On discussion with the staff they highlighted that, one of the Butterfly species attracts fungus and if not maintained its feathers will become powder. A family visit will be fun filled for kids. There are plenty of peacocks around the building and is a sight to behold.
  • It is really a wonderful place to see varieties of animals, birds, butterflies, guns and woods. It will be helpful for biology students. This museum is located at the centre of forest. It's a pleasant place to spend time. The entry price for adult is ₹40, for Children ₹20 and for foreigners ₹200.
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