Life Thorough Ages and Outdoor Exhibits The ‘Life Thorough Ages’ sectionillustrates evolution of life over time and space.
A walk-through tunnel leads oneto a throwback of eras – Phanerozoic, Cenozoic, Mesozoic and Paleozoic culminatingwith the emergence of modern man. Addingto it, is a dioramic representation of ‘Jurassic Period’ which is popular amongthe visitors. Naturalistic exhibits of Kingcobra, Nilgiri Tahr, Wild Boars, and many more are noteworthy, with exhibits ofRhino and Bison on the cards. Wildlife photo exhibits fasted to the walls makeup for an interesting viewing. An in-house theatre at the Museum, with anapproximate occupancy of 100 (seats) organises films related to naturalhistory, particularly wildlife on a diurnal basis. The theatre can also bepre-booked by those interested such as schools, nature and wildlifeenthusiasts, visiting groups, and forth. Films are screened from 12:00 to 1:00 pmand 4:00 to 5:00 pm. Nonetheless, on pre-booking the schedule is subject tochange.
The BotanicalGarden at the Museum is distinct offering the differently abled, specially the visuallyimpaired various benefits. Interpretations through personal means, Braillelabels and audio commentary helps them understand ‘nature and its diversity.The visitors are also encouraged to touch, smell and feel the leaves and otherparts of the various medicinal plants and herbs available in the garden as partof “Touch, Feel and Learn” live plant bio-resource activity for the visuallyimpaired. On the list ofactivities organised at the Museum, Dr.
G.N Indresha, Scientist D & Head ofOffice, RMNH, asserting said, “We (at RMNH) organize periodical workshops onprotection of the environment, preservation of wildlife and camps for studentsand nature enthusiasts.” “Teacher orientation workshops, nature painting andanimal modelling, singing competition on nature, special programmes for personswith disabilities and school students, and frequent films shows are also held,”he added. Dr. Indresha further stated, “Seminars,workshops, symposiums and conferences on diverse themes and topics of ecologyand biodiversity in collaboration with the government and non-governmentalagencies are conducted at regular intervals and on important occasions.” The Museum has a goodfootfall of visitors, with an average of 400 to 500 daily walk-ins, 50% ofwhich is made up by school children and remaining by visitors and touristsvisiting the city, states S J Shrinivasan, senior exhibit preparator at theMuseum.
However, the months of Oct, Nov and Dec witnesses a peak in thefootfall averaging 800 to 900 on a daily basis, he further states. Divya, a student, visitingthe museum with her friends said, “it is a great place to be and understand theecological interrelationship. A very informative and lively environment,especially for children.” Rajneesh N, atourist visiting with his family in a travel group said, “it’s a good place tobe for nature enthusiasts, environmentalists and those who appreciate naturalsciences…it has good natural ambiance, well maintained and clean.”