Another feather in the cap of historically rich Rajasthan, the Regional Museum of Natural History in Sawai Madhopur is the country`s fourth regional museum of Natural History with the other three being in Bhopal, Bhubaneswar and Mysore.
Undertaken by the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, the museum is spread over an area of 7.2 acres near Ramsinghpura, Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur. The museum is a vital centre for environmental education and creation of public awareness on conservation of nature and natural resources in the country.
The museum aims at creating awareness of diverse life on earth. The three-floor museum exhibits the flora, fauna, mineral wealth and the geology of the western region and western arid region of India.
The museum comprises of 3 galleries with each of them presenting a distinct theme.
Gallery 1 is devoted to Natural history and is christened as “Introduction to Natural History”. Here, you will experience the way life evolved, diversity and variety of the fauna and flora of the nation and allied details. While one section of this presentation is devoted to evidences and sequences leading to modern day life and the way it has evolved, another section deals with the animal kingdom, endangered species etc.
Gallery 2 presents deals with an overview of the eco system, the role that plants play as primary producers, food webs, food chains, bio-geochemical cycles, decomposition etc. and is appropriately designated as “ Nature’s Network: Ecology”
Gallery 3 is devoted to “Conservation” and deals with the multiple aspects of conserving nature. Deforestation and reckless exploitation of trees by the humans finds symbolic presentation here. In another part of the gallery the focus shifts to depletion of a number of wildlife species and the manner in which it impacts the ecosystem around us.
The museum also provides educational and extracurricular activities for schools while depicting the understanding or interrelationship between plants and animal. Visually challenged students can feel the exhibits of animals on the premises. It houses a library with about 10,000 books on wildlife and nature; the visitors are allowed to pick any of the books for reading for free. Also photography and videography has been kept free of cost.