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“a must see!!”
Review of Butterfly Museum

Butterfly Museum
Ranked #18 of 49 things to do in Shillong
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New Delhi, Delhi, India
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26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“a must see!!”
Reviewed 1 January 2013

see a private collection of over 10000+ bugs and beautiful butterflies!
one of a kind museum on entomology located in the heart of shillong.
got an inspiring story of the collector.

Visited December 2012
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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51 reviews
29 attraction reviews
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“Museum of Entomology”
Reviewed 5 November 2012

Popularly known as 'Butterfly Museum'. This is a private collection of a nature-enthusiast Mr.Sirkar who was never a qualified 'Entomologist'. He was a Bengali and loved insects. His love took him to all nooks and corners of Meghalaya and thus he amassed an overwhelmingly rich collection of tiny but beautiful creatures like moths, butterflies, spiders, centipedes etc. Since majority of the collection comprises butterflies of vibrant colours, people fondly refer to this as 'Butterfly Museum'. Mr.Sarkar married a local Khasi woman and settled in Shillong. He, his wife and their eldest son worked hard to grow this collection. According to Khasi custom, the youngest daughter inherits all property and hence now this property belongs to the youngest daughter of the Sirkar-couple. It is a residential house and the collection is well preserved and open for viewers at the basement of the house. Local taxi-drivers may dissuade the enthusiastic tourist to see this place, but I strongly recommend to visit this place if one loves nature and its children. Best attraction is 'Tarantula Spider'. Be careful before taking photographs, because each snap may cost you Rs.10/-.

Visited October 2012
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Mysuru (Mysore), India
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“Needs support”
Reviewed 5 September 2012

This is a labour of love of a lady trying to preserve her father's legacy with limited support. It would be great if this could be relocated and a butterfly park created, perhaps near Umiang Lake, taking inspiration from Thailand,Malaysia,Edinburgh and Stratford upon Avon.

Visited October 2011
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Coonoor, India
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“Also known as the Wankhar Entomology Museum”
Reviewed 6 June 2012

Wankhar Entomology Museum is a private collection of butterflies, moths, beetles and other insects, started by Dr Sarkar way back in 1939. The museum, at Riatsamthiah, Jaiaw, near Police Bazar (about 2-km away), is at the private residence of Dr Wankhar. The collection is breathtaking. The visit takes normally a little over an hour.

Visited May 2012
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