Located on the banks of the Karanji Lake with the Chamundi Hills as its background, the Regional Museum of Natural History is yet another prominent attraction and landmark in the historical city of Mysore. Inaugurated and established on 20 May 1995, the museum is undertaken by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.
The Regional Museum of Natural History presents an opportunity for visitors to explore and appreciate and value nature and the natural world and to help people understand the natural world, the museum makes use of models, audio-visual aids, and thematic and interactive exhibits and displays. The museum displays plants, animals, and geology of the southern region of India which gives visitors a chance to witness the rich flora and fauna and the geological wealth which we have. Those who are visually challenged can even feel the exhibits of the animals. The Regional Museum of Natural History has three galleries- Biological Diversity in which it deals with natural history with an overview of the biodiversity of South India, with special emphasis on the Western Ghats. It also deals with wetlands and mangrove forests. The second gallery is Life through the Ages which is a walk-through tunnel and it tells about the evolution of man. The last gallery is The Discovery center which is an interactive section of the museum. One can handle and examine specimens and can participate in activities painting and preparing animal masks and costumes. This gallery also has a discovery room, a computer room, a vivarium, and a mini weather station.
There is also a small botanical garden on the grounds of the museum established for the benefit of visually impaired people. It is a great environmental education center built to create awareness among people.
Location: T.N. Pura Road, Siddhartha Nagar, Opp. Nandini Milk Dairy, Mysore
Timings: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM