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“Its in a bad shape”

Bengal Natural History Museum
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Ranked #42 of 100 things to do in Darjeeling
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Its in a bad shape”
Reviewed 23 July 2013

Firstly, it is difficult to find. And at times even locals are not certain about it's location.

The contents inside is very good for nature enthusiasts and kids with all the local birds and animals along with life-like models of geographical diversity of Bengal. But the place run by government machinery is in such neglect and disrepair, it turns you off. There is dust collecting on specimen, its badly lit, badly labelled and smells damp.

Visit the Zoo instead. That may be crowded but very well-kept!

Visited June 2013
3 Thank MotoShirish
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Alan_Jha, General Manager at Bengal Natural History Museum, responded to this review, 24 July 2013
Dear Sir

I am sorry for your experience.
The proposal to shift the museum from its present location to a newly built premises inside the zoo is in process.May be by this year end same exhibits shall be in presentable form in its new location, where many people visiting the zoo shall be able to see it.
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English first
Visakhapatnam, India
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“So vintage, so english”
Reviewed 12 May 2013

Who this is for: Student mindsets, knowledge of specimen preservation and dioramas

Not for: the squeamish who fear taxidermy, ignorant non naturalists, and new fangled activists

A taxidermal display of living, endangerd and extinct animals/birds. A fascinating collection of the creatures of the exotic locale. Taxidermy in todays age is perhaps inapropriate. I will visit this time and time again - a valuable knowledge mine. A wonderful vintage relic, untouched by blech globalisation.

We came upon the museum accidentaly as it is within a gulley and not visible from the main road.

While I am impressed at the commitment to maintenance, the cleanliness of the place, I am saddened at the accumulation of dust on these wonderful specimens.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank ShrDs
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London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“can't complain, only 10 rupees.”
Reviewed 5 May 2013

This reminded me of the natural history museum in Tring, england. Only on a much smaller much more more moth eaten scale.
The exhibits look like they have been there with no care or attention since the place opened in early 1900's. Went there because we were told it was the worst museum ever! -It prob is.
The approach to it is amongst a few private rundown dwellings, and the road looks like the surface of the moon.
Only go there to see the worst museum, or if there is really no where else you can think of going to.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank trinity101
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Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Must see!!”
Reviewed 26 April 2013

Visit this place irrespective of your interests. This one place provides you entire info about the nature not only in Bengal but also of the entire North India.

Visited April 2013
Thank Dinesh G
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“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
Thank Miles F
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