First Biodiversity Museum Opens in Kerala, India

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First Biodiversity Museum Opens in Kerala, India

The Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) has recently inaugurated the first ever biodiversity museum in India.

The Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment, the Kerala State Coastal Area Development Corporation, and the Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation Limited (Keltron) all joined their hands to make the first Indian biodiversity museum a reality. 

Housed in a historical 19th century Vallakadavu Boathouse, the museum is located in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital and the largest city in the state of Kerala. The 5000 sq feet boathouse has united under its roof a 3D movie theatre, LCDs, scale models and hands-on experiences. The museum makes the visitors acquainted with local, national and global biodiversity and increases the awareness on environmental issues we are facing nowadays.

The expositions also feature the Science on a Sphere system, which is essencially a spherical projection system created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the USA allowing presentation of high-resolution videos not on a flat screen but on a suspended globe. The innovative systen has been so far installed only in 130 locations worldwide.

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