Human x Nature: Environmental Histories of Singapore @ National Library Building Singapore

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Trace the history of Singapore's natural environment at Human x Nature: Environmental Histories of Singapore, a new nature documentation exhibition held at the National Library Building Singapore.  

Venue: National Library Building, 10th Floor
Date: 9 Apr - 26 Sep 2021
Time: 10 am - 9 pm 
Admission: Free

Singapore’s natural environment, as we know and experience today, is the result of a long history of knowledge gathering, plantation agriculture and attempts at rehabilitation. Human X Nature, explores our relationships with the natural world from cultural understandings and scientific study to commercial and urban land use, as well as conservation and restoration.

Modelled after our changing natural landscapes, the exhibition features a dazzling array of natural history books, botanical prints, plantation photographs and maps from the collections of the National Library and National Archives, together with herbarium and natural history specimens on loan from the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum and the Singapore Botanic Gardens.


A highlight is the taxidermy specimens in the exhibition, including a tiger, otters and more. Through the various exhibits and interactive elements, children and families will better understand how our past actions have shaped our natural landscape and thus the way it impacts us today. 

Library of Life 

Library of Life is located away from the main exhibition and is at the National Library Building Level 1 Lobby. It features four themed collections: Field Books, Fossil Stories, The Insect World, and Curious Creatures. Browse curated highlights from overseas institutions and the National Library, Singapore. Take part in a fun multimedia interactive display that showcases natural history illustrations and facts about our native biodiversity.

The exhibition is free and will be great for families to spend an hour or so to learn about Singapore's natural history and journey, and what is being done to conserve and restore our natural environments. To find out more, visit the National Library's website for the exhibition. 

*Photo Credits: National Library Board



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Jiarong Yu
Daddy to 2 adorable little ones. Misses them the moment they are not around, regrets missing them the moment they are around.

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