To commemorate the opening of Singapore's first and only natural history museum, Singapore Post Limited released a new series of four stamps titled "Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum" on 18 April. The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum at NUS opens its doors to the public on 28 April.
The colourful stamps highlight four iconic animals in the museum: the sauropod dinosaur (1st Local), the Giant Hawker dragonfly (S$0.70), the Black and Yellow Broadbill (S$0.90) and the Leathery Turtle (S$1.30).
Other philatelic products of this issue include the Pre-cancelled First Day Cover and the Presentation Pack, both containing the entire set of stamps, which costs $4.05 and $5.00 respectively.
The stamps and other philatelic products are available from 18 April at all post offices and the Singapore Philatelic Museum. They can also be purchased online at www.stampdelight.com.
The Museum aims to be a leader in Southeast Asian biodiversity, conservation research, education and outreach. Housed in a building reminiscent of a prehistoric boulder covered with terraced tropical foliage, it showcases an extensive collection of the region's natural history and rich biodiversity, including specimens which date back to the 1800s as well as three rare dinosaur skeletons.