Tribhuwan University

Natural History Museum

Introduction

Natural History Museum (NHM), Institute of Science and Technology, Tribhuvan University is situated on the lap of Swayambhu Stupa, a world heritage site in the west hillock of Kathmandu valley. This museum was established in 1975 under the management of Institute of Science and Technology, Tribhuvan University, with the  objectives of collecting, preserving, conducting research and displaying the natural heritage of our country. The museum houses a number of biological and geological specimens. As mentioned in various displays shown in the museum, it is home to the Nepal’s graceful collection of natural heritage. It enables people to explore collections for inspiration, learning and enjoyment. The foci of NHM are tracing, collecting and preserving the holistic natural artefacts on the subjects of Anthropology, Botany, Geography, Geology, Earth history, Zoology and many more like evolution, environmental issues and biodiversity. In addition, Natural History Museum is the scientific authority in fauna for CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) since 1990.

Objectives

  • To collect and preserve floral, faunal, geological and other natural specimens from different parts of Nepal.
  • To study and research or make provision for study and research on natural resources, ecology, environment of Nepal.
  • To provide training on natural history of Nepal.
  • To prepare documents of natural history and related fields.
  • To establish collaborations with the business community, as well as other national and international natural history, educational, and environmental institutions /organizations.
  • To create general interest on the conservation of natural heritages and related fields and to arise general consciousness against polluted environment and conserving natural resources.
  • To create general awareness among country people on the  preservation, conservation and sustainable uses of the natural resources.

Activities

Public programs

  • We expand your knowledge of the natural world with our learning activities.
  • We are changing our offer for adults to meet the needs of a wider audience.

Community groups

  • The museum is a great resource for different community groups. Through relationships with local groups, we will develop a program to suit your community's needs. It includes fun and inspiring visits.
  • Program for persons with disabilities.
  • Our museum serves the people who are planning a volunteer work. The museum provides diverse opportunities to participate and learn.                                      

Cooperation with Government of Nepal, Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, District forest Office (s), Nepal Police and Armed Police Force

The museum works for Government of Nepal to identify the individual species so that necessary legal actions are taken against the poachers and carriers of such items.The museum provides expert views on CITES, related issues to the Government of Nepal, Nepal Police and Armed Police Force. Recently we accomplished the micro chipping for the management of Akhetopahar in Narayanhiti Durbar, Faraskhana, Shital Niwas, Singha durbar and Hanuman Dhoka in unison with DNPWC,NTNC and home ministry Nepal and monitoring and evaluating   the  Zero Plastic Movement  started  in Tilottama Municipality of Province -5.

Policy

Natural History Museum, Tribhuvan University inspires natural science research of national/international significance, serves a research and educational facilities with timely environmental information relating natural history to present-day environmental and cultural issues for both Nepalese and foreign researchers, connects the Nepali people with their own country's natural history, and delivers urgent message that the Nepalese themselves are trustees of this fragile natural heritage, promotes understanding of the evolution and diversity of flora and fauna of Nepal.The museum provides expert views on CITES, a forum for interaction and opportunities for collaboration and networking. Further, Natural History Museum hosts seminars for students and communities as well, inside and outside the museum.

Research Activities

Nepal Health Research Council, Ramshah Path, Kathmandu and Natural History Museum, Swayambhu, Kathmandu signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Prof. Dr. Anjani Kumar Jha, Executive Chairman, Nepal Health Research Council (Government of Nepal) and Dr. Ganesh Bahadur Thapa, Chief, Natural History Museum (Tribhuvan University) signed the MoU for EntoCAP Project (PI: Dr. Ishan Gautam, Associate Professor).

- A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between
Central Department of Biotechnology, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu and Natural History Museum, Tribhuvan University, Swayambhu, Kathmandu.

Publications

  • Journal of Natural History Museum
  • Journal articles
  • Books
  • Book chapters
  • Dissertations
  • Reports
  • Other publications
  • Presentations etc.

Library and Publications                                                                                                                       

The Natural History Museum has its own library with books, journals, periodicals and magazines on natural science related subjects. The library service is available at any time during the working hours.

The museum has been publishing the Journal of Natural History Museum since its inception. This journal has the honor of being one of the oldest journals in the areas of biodiversity and nature conservation. The journal is circulated to major institutions of the world. The online version of volume 30 of the Journal has been successfully launched. Books, brochures and posters published by Natural History Museum are also available at the reception of the museum hall.

Future Plans

The NHM building at Swayambhu requires the formulation of an immediate and express master plan based on the present day technology. Furthermore, many officials with curatorial guidance need to be trained for better management of this museum. In addition to the traditional management of NHM, the 21st century requirement demands the content of the collections in the form of images, audio and visual effects and interactive exhibits. There should be human resources  who are able to design the exhibits in the form of high resolution images with detailed information via the internet also. This means that there should be departments that include audio–visual specialists, computer engineers, software designers, audience research and evaluation specialists, writers, editors etc. We are going to construct a large museum hall as soon as possible.

It is true that organizations like this need fixed funds for administration and development from the umbrella organization. The museum can also independently generate extra funds by launching several extra activities. There are several examples of fund raisings by the museum itself to assist the financial status by levying small requisite amounts by giving the service via internet with the help of modern internet banking systems. Many souvenir items can be manufactured and sold to the viewers. Keeping these points in view, immediate action plans could be formulated.

The only Natural History Museum of Nepal, which has a rich collection of natural heritage of our country, is in the process of formulating scientific plans, policies and programs to develop NHM  as a better and robust centre of learning to the general Nepalese public, students and researchers, foreigners, and to conserve our natural heritage for the sake of future generations.

 

Dr. Ganesh Bahadur Thapa

Chief

Natural History Museum, TU                              

Swayambhu, Kathmandu, Nepal

Tel. 977-1-4271899

Email: nhmtu@nhmnepal.edu.np

Website: www.nhmnepal.edu.np