About the Museum
The aim of the museum is to create awareness about the state’s and the regions natural heritage & conservation of flora, fauna & natural resources. In display are the biodiversity of Odisha and North Eastern regions including Andaman & Nicobar Islands. apart from that there is a display are the prehistoric fossils of the Madagascar Islands and the African jungles.
The simulated environments of Indian jungles, wildlife of Africa, plus stuffed display, mannequins and skeletons of varied mammals, birds, reptiles and insects, make it a very good outing for the adults, as it gives them a sense of their environment and the habitat we live in.
There is a separate interactive enclosure for the kids too, the “Discovery Centre” coupled with numerous aquariums and the finely manicured lawns- The Regional Museum of Natural History is highly recommended destination for kids and for adults who care for the environment.
The highlight is the huge Baleen Whale Skeleton which is the largest in the country, along with it, is the skeleton of the Toothed Whale, Elephant and Rhinoceros, skulls of various species of whales, rhinos, elephants, tigers and various other animals.
Location: Near Acharya Vihar Square on National Highway 5
Timing: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, closed on Mondays and Odisha Government holidays
Entry is free
Located bang in the heart of the city, the museum is easily accessible.
Around Region Museum of Natural History
Pathani Samanta Planetarium
Located just adjacent to the Regional Museum, it’s one of the 10 planetariums that exist in the country. The Planetarium is named after renowned astrologer “Samanta Chandrashekhar Mahapatra” popularly known as “Pathani Samanta” whose work “Siddhanta Darpana” got special mention from the American and European press in 1899 and added to his legend in the field of astronomy.
Apart from creating awareness about astro physics and space science, it also provides a platform and extends support to the aspiring students and scientists in the field. It has a well equipped library.
Location: – Near Apollo Hospital, Acharya Vihar
Timings-2pm to 5.30 pm, closed on Monday
The English show starts at 4pm
Entry fee- Rs.25/-
Entry fee for Children- Rs.15/-