The Natural History Museum, Kathmandu

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The Natural History Museum of Nepal is located near the World Heritage Site of Swayambhunath. The museum was established in 1975. Since then the museum has collected 50,000 specimens of Nepal’s flora and fauna.''Journal of Natural History Museum''The Natural History Museum of Nepal has been publishing a journal annually since 1977. The journal, entitled the Journal of Natural History Museum, is the oldest journal on nature in Nepal. The museum has also published numerous books and field guides on Nepal's wildlife.NHM and CITESThe museum is the scientific authority in fauna for CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) in Nepal. It conducts training programs on CITES-related issues for teachers, students, and people working in Nepal’s conservation sector.SpecimensThe museum's huge specimen collection is a treasure trove of Nepal's bio-diversity. There are 14,843 specimens of butterflies and moths; 4,142 of beetles; 1,464 of dragonflies and 1,604 of other insects. It also has six specimens of lower chordates, 890 of fish, 107 amphibians specimens, 390 of reptiles and 1,194 of birds. The museum's mammalian specimens total 225, and it also has 22 specimens of skeletons, besides 964 fossils and animal body parts. The museum also houses 107 models of plastic-clay and 74 of rock and minerals. Equally impressive is the museum's botanical and mycological collection: algae (124), fungi and mushrooms (2,320), lichens (61), bryophytes (1,124), pteridophytes (507), gymnosperms (163), and angiosperms (5,034).The museum also has a specimen of the spiny babbler, Nepal's only endemic bird species. A specimen of the golden pheasant, an exotic bird from China, is also on display.
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  • A small venue that offers a overview of Nepal wildlife, don't expect a lot. Lighting is dark, labels difficult to read, and crowded displays are drawbacks.  more »
  • We visited this museum out of curiosity, without having high expectations. We were still disappointed. The museum has a large collection of stuffed animals and animals and plants in jars with formaldehyde. Much of the collection needs maintenance and restoration. The specimens seem to be presented jumbled, not by family or region. There are very few explanations. The collection is poorly presented and there is very little lighting. There's dust everywhere, so you can't see the colors properly. Perhaps this museum may be interesting for some specialists.
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  • Awesome Place to know about animals and plants that found in Nepal
  • Documented thousands of speciments of flora and founa of Nepal in this musium.
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