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Address: Bishop Eric Benjamin Rd, Darjeeling 734101, India
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Nice but neglected

It was closed when we came here last week. But we had visited it in May last year too. It has a very nice collection of butterflies and insects. Here are lost of dead stuffed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was closed when we came here last week. But we had visited it in May last year too. It has a very nice collection of butterflies and insects. Here are lost of dead stuffed animals. Unfortunately, the maintenance is a bit low, and everything is covered in dust.

Thank bishwaksen
New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

it has been shifted to darjeeling zoo :) though is great place if you want to see the flora and fauna of darjeeling :)

Thank Ishaan3
Patna, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The museum is a treasure trove with superb collection of insect life among many others. However it is need of urgent maintenance as dust has settled over most specimens. Damage to some are also evident.

Thank Rajesh-Patna
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We visited this during our trip to Darjeeling in March 2015.Part of the museum was under renovation and we were allowed into one section only without having to buy any tickets. We saw a good collection of stuffed Himalayan animals, birds and insects. There was a huge crocodile on display along with tigers, leopard,bear, wide variety of birds,butterflies,beetles etc.

Thank kghosh
Pune, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Though this museum is not maintained in it's best condition but you will really find some nice collection here. Collection of flies and beetles is real good. Anyone with a interest in zoology can be really interested in this place. Not many people end up here and we were the only one here.

3 Thank rimpi
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Not many people venture there. But it is a short walk from the Chowrasta Mall. It is an unique museum. Only having the stuffed animals for display. Never did I ever imagine that there could be so many different types of butterflies, moths, beetles and other arthopods. The basement floor is even better. The flora and fauna of Bengal is... More 

4 Thank KaushikSinha
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Firstly, it is difficult to find. And at times even locals are not certain about it's location. The contents inside is very good for nature enthusiasts and kids with all the local birds and animals along with life-like models of geographical diversity of Bengal. But the place run by government machinery is in such neglect and disrepair, it turns you... More 

3 Thank MotoShirish
Alan_Jha, General Manager at Bengal Natural History Museum, responded to this review

Dear Sir I am sorry for your experience. The proposal to shift the museum from its present location to a newly built premises inside the zoo is in process.May be by this year end same exhibits shall be in presentable form in its new location, where many people visiting the zoo shall be able to see it. Regards More 

Visakhapatnam, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Who this is for: Student mindsets, knowledge of specimen preservation and dioramas Not for: the squeamish who fear taxidermy, ignorant non naturalists, and new fangled activists A taxidermal display of living, endangerd and extinct animals/birds. A fascinating collection of the creatures of the exotic locale. Taxidermy in todays age is perhaps inapropriate. I will visit this time and time again... More 

1 Thank ShrDs
London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

This reminded me of the natural history museum in Tring, england. Only on a much smaller much more more moth eaten scale. The exhibits look like they have been there with no care or attention since the place opened in early 1900's. Went there because we were told it was the worst museum ever! -It prob is. The approach to... More 

1 Thank trinity101
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

Visit this place irrespective of your interests. This one place provides you entire info about the nature not only in Bengal but also of the entire North India.

Thank Dinesh G

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