The Natural History Museum’s Body Snatchers exhibit lets you get up close & personal with parasites

by Vera

Thanks to the award-winning film Parasite, the term has an additional dimension to it these days. In the same vein that not all parasites are necessarily terrible, NUS Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum‘s latest exhibitionBody Snatchers — houses over 50 parasite specimens for you to catch a glimpse of them up close. You’ll find that perhaps, they’re not all that terrifying, after all.

Tape worms, head lice, & others

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With the exhibit curated by the museum’s senior conservator, Kate Pocklington, you’ll be able to get close and personal (but not too personal) with the likes of tapeworms that live in the intestines of human beings, tongue-eating crustaceans that are more common than you think, and other gross (or fascinating!) little creatures.

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Divided into 3 ecosystems — air, water & land

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Mid-20th century horror film-themed

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Think neon lights in the most jarring tones and an unearthly tech-y soundscape — the set up is a nod to older cult favourites in the Frankenstein and Dracula era.

Artwork by local creators

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Book tickets to the Body Snatchers gallery tour here.

Dinosaur zone

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This area features over 2,000 natural history specimens, including three dinosaur fossils that are more than 80% complete — a rarity for its kind. There’s also Singapore’s first (and only, to date) sperm whale on display, salvaged by the museum team after the whale was found washed dead ashore, off Jurong Island.

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Book tickets to the museum here.

Body Snatchers
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📍 National University of Singapore: 2 Conservatory Dr, Singapore 117377
🕒 10am–6pm, last admission at 4.30pm (Tue to Sun), Closed on Mon
🗓️ Now ’til Oct 2022 | Tour dates: 1 to 12 Dec 2021

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