Treasures of the natural world

Opening 25 November 2017 - 29 April 2018

This November, embark on an adventure of discovery as treasures of the natural world from the prestigious Natural History Museum London, come alive to take you back in time on expeditions that broke scientific grounds and made history.

ArtScience Museum brings the very best from the museum’s rich and important collection in this hotly anticipated exhibition that showcases the most significant treasures of the natural world. Hand-picked from over 80 million specimens, over 200 of the museum’s star objects will travel to Southeast Asia for the very first time. Selected for their historical and scientific importance, each prized treasure is a marvel that reveals a story of adventure and exploration defined by curiosity and discovery. Featured in this exhibition are scientific specimens and animals from the natural world, boasting a rich record of nature, works of art, gems and minerals, and the manuscript and collection belonging to some of the world's greatest scientists, including both Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace, discoverers of evolutionary biology as we know it today.

The Natural History Museum in London is the custodian of one of the most scientifically significant natural history collections in the world. One of Britain’s most beloved civic institutions, the Museum looks after a wealth of objects that have helped scientists re-interpret our own existence and relationship to the natural world. The value of these treasured objects goes far beyond their price. Together, they have the potential to unlock answers to the mysteries of the past and the biggest questions our species and our planet might face in the future.

Running throughout the exhibition will be a treasure hunt designed especially for children, families and schools. Younger visitors will embark on a series of expeditions and adventures, searching for wildlife, learning about nature, and making their own contributions to the natural world.

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Saturday 25 November | 11:30am – 12:30pm & 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Sunday 26 November | 11:30pm – 12:30pm & 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Venue: Exhibition Entrance, Basement 2

Join us for an unmissable Insights Tour, conducted by the team from Natural History Museum, London. Be guided through the exceptional specimens and artifacts in the exhibition while excavating the unbelievable stories these treasures hold.



Public Guided Tours 
Saturday 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 December | 11:30pm - 12:30pm
Sunday 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 December | 11:30am - 12:30pm & 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Family Fridays 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 December | 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Mandarin Guided Tours
Saturday 16, 23 & 30 December | 2:30pm - 3:30pm & 4:00pm - 5:00pm 
Venue: Exhibition Entrance, Basement 2

Join us on an awe-inspiring voyage into the wonderful world of natural history populated with highlights handpicked from the prestigious institute The Natural History Museum, London. Our guided tour digs into the stories behind some of the greatest geological, flora and fauna specimens, bringing them to life whilst exploring the ever-evolving relationship between humanity and nature, past, present and possible future.   

* Complimentary to ticket-holders of Treasures. Up to 25 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration stickers will be given out five minutes before tour begins at exhibition entrance


Family Fridays 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 December | 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Venue: Rainbow Room, Basement 2

Have you ever wondered how natural selection has led to evolution in the natural world? With ornithology taking centre stage, learn how adaptations in birds are related to their behaviour and lifestyle. Participants will make observations, collect data and even role-play as they soar from activity to activity to discover more about the natural world! 

S$5 per participant. Up to 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.



Saturday, 25 November | 2:00pm
Expression Gallery, Level 4
Free on a first-come, first-served basis.

Natural history is essential to expanding our understanding of the diversity of life in a rapidly changing world – a 4.5 billion year old story that is continuing to unfold. It is deeply marked by human curiosity and longing, representing our attempts to make sense of nature. Yet it also reveals our complicated relationship with it, exposing our hopes, fears, and questions about our place in natural world.

Unfolding across a series of presentations and dialogues, Conversations invites you to contemplate our encounters with natural environments and consider our connection to an extraordinarily complex, fragile network of interconnected natural systems.






The Natural History Museum welcomes more than five million visitors a year and is a world-leading science research centre. Through its unique collection and unrivalled expertise, it is tackling the biggest challenges faced by the world today. It helps enable food security, eradicate disease and manage resource scarcity. It is studying the diversity of life and the delicate balance of ecosystems to ensure the survival of our planet. 
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