What we lost at the National Museum of Natural History?Smriti Saxena
What happened? Fire at Indian natural history museum on the 26th of April 2016 that began on the sixth floor of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) building, where it is housed has caused severe damage to several valuable artifacts and rare collections.
Here’s a short list of what all was lost in the fire at the museum (as reported by Zee News):
- Thousands of exhibits
- Some very old and rare specimens of flora and fauna
- Exhibits of herpetological specimens
- Exhibits of taxidermied (stuffed) animals
- Specimens of butterflies
- Specimens of frogs
- Specimens of snakes
- Specimens of lizards
- Mounted specimens of tigers
- Mounted specimens of leopards
Established in 1972 and inaugurated in 1978, the National Museum of Natural History in New Delhi, under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, was one of the two museums focusing on nature in India.