Public Talk: Foraminifera in the abyssal nodule fields of Singapore exploration area, eastern equatorial Pacific

Professor Andrew Gooday has worked extensively on Foraminifera (a kind of Protozoa) and participated in numerous deep sea research over the span of his career. This talk will focus on his research on Foraminifera that were discovered in the abyssal nodule fields in the Singapore exploration area of the Clarion Clipperton Zone.

Title of Seminar: Foraminifera in the abyssal nodule fields of Singapore exploration area, eastern equatorial Pacific
Speaker: Prof Andrew Gooday
Date: 29 September 2017 (Friday)
Time: 7pm (refreshments provided at 6.30 pm)
Venue: Learning Lab 2, Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, NUS

Please refer to the poster for details and click here to RSVP. Thank you.

Foram talk poster

Short Course: Biodiversity of True Bugs (Hemiptera: Heteroptera) 26–29 Oct 2017 at LKCNHM

Our museum’s bug scientist, Dr. Hwang Wei Song will be conducting a short course on True Bugs with international bug specialists at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum this October.

Dates: 26–29 Oct 2017 (Thu–Sun)
Venue: Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, NUS
Limited to 15 participants

Dr. HWANG, Wei Song (National University of Singapore)
Dr. TRAN, Anh Duc (Vietnam National University, Hanoi)
Dr. WEIRAUCH, Christiane (University of California, Riverside)


WHY? True Bugs (>42,000 species) include plant and nuisance pests, beneficial insects, medically important disease vectors, and have astounding morphological and ecological diversity. True Bugs are COOL!

WHERE & WHEN? An intensive 4 full-day Short Course in Singapore, National University of Singapore, on 26–29 October 2017 (Thu–Sun).

WHAT? Learn about True Bug biodiversity through a series of lectures, lab sessions, and a field trip. Participants will gain a broad familiarization of the various groups of True Bugs from this training course.

WHO? Undergraduate/graduate students, researchers, and naturalists.

Application: The course is limited to 15 participants. No registration fee, but participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation, and meals (except final day dinner).

Limited number of travel stipends are available for participants from outside Singapore (up to USD$400 per person). Stipends are given on an award basis.

Application deadline: 22 September 2017

Register by sending a cover letter and your CV to: nhmevents@nus.edu.sg.
Your cover letter should explain how this course can benefit your current professional training, academic or otherwise. Successful applicants will be notified by email.

Fun Rocks @ LKCNHM


Join us for a day of fun and activities on 11 November 2017 at Fun Rocks! Learn how to make cute animal-shaped soap or have a bouncing good time at our inflatable jungle!

Tickets to the carnival are available for sale at $10 per ticket, which also includes admission into the museum as well as coupons to spend on food and games at the carnival!

For enquires on how to purchase your carnival ticket, please contact nhmvisit@nus.edu.sg. Do hurry as tickets are while stock lasts!

Fun Rocks is organised by the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum in support of the NUS Science Merit Scholarship. Through leadership development, mentorship and community service programmes, the NUS Science Merit Scholarship aims to help students to realise their potential while nurturing the value of giving back to society.


JOB OPPORTUNITY: Management Assistant Officer, Visitor Services (1 Year contract- renewable)/Casual Visitor Services Officer (6 months contract – renewable)

The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) is Singapore’s only natural history museum at the National University of Singapore. We are looking for self-motivated and hands-on individuals to provide assistance to visitors in terms of ticketing and admission services, in order to ensure that the needs of the visitors are appropriately met.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Execute ticketing and cashiering duties
  • Assist in crowd control and ushering duties
  • Troubleshoot on ticketing and admission issues
  • Manage the needs of the visitors
  • Provide relevant information to visitors
  • Handle visitors’ enquiries through phone calls and emails
  • Assist in administrative-related matters
  • Assist in events management and emergency procedures
  • Any other duties relevant to operational requirements



  • GCE ‘N’ or ‘O’ Levels certification
  • Customer Services certification or relevant
  • Able to comprehend and converse in English language

Years of Experience

  • For Full-time position: At least 2 years of experience in visitor services and ticketing sales

Knowledge & Skills

  • Familiar with tickets purchase system
  • Proficient in using computer and web-based system
  • Confident in handling visitors’ enquiries through phone calls and emails
  • Able to assist in administrative-related matters
  • Willing to learn new skills and undergo trainings
  • Motivated to provide good visitor services
  • Have a pleasant disposition and enjoy interacting with visitors
  • Able to work independently and cooperate with a team in a fast-paced environment

Work Commitments

  • Must be able to work on eve of Public Holidays, Public Holidays, Weekends, and other hours when required
  • Able to work on shift schedules
  • For Part-time positions: Able to commit at least 4 days per week (of which both Saturday and Sunday are included as part of the 4 days per week)

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

To apply:

Management Assistant Officer, Visitor Services (0067U) https://nuscareers.taleo.net/careersection/jobdetail.ftl?job=0067U&lang=en

Casual/Part-time Visitor Services Officer (0064M)  https://nuscareers.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?job=0064M&lang=en

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Application closing date: 25 Aug 2017.

Egg-citing Easter at the museum

Have an egg-citing time with us this Easter with our Easter Eggy Workshop!

Learn how to make your own Easter egg in this series of workshops in conjunction with Earth Day.


To register, email: alice.goh@nus.edu.sg

Take part in our Egg-dentifying contest and stand a chance to win interesting prizes too! Contest forms are available at the lobby. See you there!


HSBC Intertidal Walks

Thank you for your support! All slots have been fully redeemed. Successful registrants will receive a confirmation email soon.


Missed out on the opportunity to join us for the Marine Open House? Do join us for our intertidal walks instead!

As part of the HSBC Marine Protection Programme, Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum is organising intertidal guided walks to take students and members of the public to some of our offshore islands and explore some of the biodiversity on our shores! During these guided walks, our nature guides will show participants various forms of life including sea stars, corals, crabs, and anemones! These walks will also include a short coastal clean-up component.

These walks are fully sponsored by HSBC!

Date Time Location Target Group
1 29 April 2017 Saturday 5:45am – 10:00am Kusu Island Public
2 30 April 2017 Sunday 6:15am – 10:30am Kusu Island Public/Schools
3 14 May 2017 Sunday 5:45am – 1:00pm Pulau Semakau Public/Schools
4 15 June 2017 Thursday 6:15am – 11:30am Pulau Hantu Public/Schools
5 15 July 2017 Saturday 5:45am – 1:00pm Pulau Semakau Public/Schools
6 12 August 2017 Saturday 6:00am – 11:15am Pulau Hantu Schools

To enquire, please email nhmlearning@nus.edu.sg with the following details: a) date of the walk you are interested in, b) the number of people you would like to register for, and c) your contact number.

The Outreach and Education Unit will respond to your email within three working days.

Terms and conditions

  • Participants must be at least 13 years of age, physically fit, and able to complete a 2-3 hour slow walk.
  • Participants between 13 to 18 years of age require parental consent to participate in the programme.

Visiting Scientist Feature: Dr. Tsunemi Kubodera

Three years of planning, and multiple expeditions consisting of sitting in the dark depths of the deep sea for around eight hours, enclosed in a small submersible. It took all these extensive efforts (and more) for Dr. Tsunemi Kubodera to become the first person to photograph and capture footage of the legendary giant squid (Architeuthis dux) in its natural habitat, 900 m underwater.

When asked about his feelings upon seeing the giant squid live in front of him for the first time, Dr. Kubodera said that he remembers being really excited while viewing the giant squid in the dark through a camera monitor, and being so eager to see it for himself.

“I really wanted to see it with my own eyes (and not just through the monitor),” he said.

Thus, he asked the pilot of the submersible he was in to switch on its bright lights, despite knowing that there is a risk that the giant squid may be scared off by the lights. However, the squid did not flee, but instead continued to feed on the bait that they used to lure it in, allowing Dr. Kubodera to watch it live for a total of about 23 minutes.

Dr. Kubodera, a zoologist from the National Museum of Nature and Science, Japan, is currently here on a research visit to help identify squid beaks that were found in the stomach of our sperm whale. Over the past few days, he has been working with our Mammal Curator, Mr. Marcus Chua, to identify around 1,800 squid beaks.


Dr. Kubodera (left) with Mr. Chua (right) in the LKCNHM research lab. Photo by Tan Heok Hui.

Over the weekend, in conjunction with the launch of our new exhibition “Out of the Water” and book “Whale out of Water”, there will be a public talk by Dr. Kubodera, where he will share his journey towards photographing and filming the giant squid. All seats have been filled as of press time.

The new exhibition features displays and stories on the giant squid, sperm whales as well as other marine creatures. The book “Whale out of Water” documents the journey we took from recovering our sperm whale, to putting her skeleton up for display in the gallery.

We look forward to seeing you here!

We also thank Dr. Kubodera for telling us interesting insights about his giant squid journey, and hope to see him again!

Marine Open House (18 March 2017)


Join us for a day of fun and adventure, seeking out for treasures lurking under the sea and let us take you on a learning journey of our marine world!

500 complimentary tickets are available for the day. Simply register for your tickets at https://lkcnhmmarineopenhouse.eventbrite.sg/

The Marine Open House at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum include complimentary guided tours and public talks on marine science and conservation. Participate in our treasure hunt or come dressed as a marine animal and upload a photo of yourself onto Instagram with the hashtag #lkcnhmopenhouse, and stand to win exciting prizes!

You can also check out our brand new exhibition, “Out Of The Water”, which opens 11 March 2017!

New Exhibition: Out of the Water


Out of the Water

Stories are our means of passing on expressions of our encounters and experiences through time. Generation after generation.

Myths are ‘misunderstandings’ of the truth; a story which is likely to be false, but was, or is, believed. Legends are often seen as historical facts, but are rarely authenticated. These myths and legends are part of what make us human. In times past, our ancestors attempted to rationalise and give meaning to events beyond their knowledge systems. Perhaps this was their way of making the unknown more known, the uncertain more certain. These narratives are the foundations that shaped our stories of mermaids, sea-dwelling monsters, and other magical animals.

In time, our storytelling methods have become more sophisticated; science has become the new narrative, as we unearth the truth of these historical narratives. Today, we are able to look at these myths and legends in a different, new light. We are able to strip away the fictitious, and analyse the fact, in order to make sense of age-old beliefs.

Undoubtedly, there are aspects that we will never truly know. It does not mean that the unknown is untrue. It is just that we do not know. In some ways, these things change, the more they remain the same. Our ignorance remains infinite.

Join us at our newest exhibition “Out of the Water”, where we look at these myths and legends in a different and new light; stripping away the fictitious and analysing the facts in order to make sense of age-old beliefs. Opens 11 March 2017 at 1pm!

From 11–19 March 2017, join us at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum and enjoy 20% off admission tickets! Purchase your tickets here!