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“Moth eaten and ramshackle - in a good way”

Bengal Natural History Museum
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“Moth eaten and ramshackle - in a good way”
Reviewed 31 December 2012

Both interesting and entertaining - the moth eaten clouded leopard exhibit was my favourite. Other highlights - 1,000 variations on a stag beetle and two rhinos feet on the ground floor and fish, snakes and baby mammals in murky jars of formaldehyde in the basement.

Visited December 2012
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Suratgarh, India
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“Not Important”
Reviewed 20 December 2012

If you are not interested in the antique animal horns, teethes, skins and skeletons, do not visit this place. If interested you will find lot of information about the mountain animals' rare species. The upkeep of this Museum is not good.

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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“Insect like Butterflies and Moth lovers would enjoy most”
Reviewed 29 September 2012

This is a small but well organized museum concentrating mainly on fauna of the state of West Bengal. It is very old establishment, conceived in 1903. So there is a bit of history associated with it. Almost all the specimens are preserved using Taxidermy, so the color of the outer is off, still the specimen are quite recognizable. The collection of Moth, Butterflies are great, but I found the collection of Beetle specimen, the best. The collection was recovered from a Japanese National in 1995 who was trying to flee India with those specimen. That being illegal, the Japanese national was prosecuted under Indian Law and the collection confiscated.
The basement has a model of different types of forest available in the State of West Bengal and the corresponding bird species. Different types of snake specimen can also be found in this floor, preserved harmlessly in formalin jar.

To reach this place, there is no use of hiring a car, just have a 5 mins walk from chowrasta (the Mall) with the fountain at your back and taking the left most road down and then taking a right turn. Just ask any local person who would be hapy to guide.

Visited September 2012
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