Museum Of Natural History And Science (Batticaloa).

The Batticaloa Science Museum is not a very good museum and it smells funny (probably because of the live sea creatures in tanks) but it’s interesting in its own way.

Honestly, many Sri Lankan museums are little better than grade-school projects. The Colombo science museum is embarrassing and moldy, the only awesome thing being a two-headed goat in a jar. The Batticaloa Museum, as a museum, isn’t much better. As a collection of weird stuff, however, it’s pretty good. Take, for example, the taxidermy.

Surprised rabbit

You have surprised rabbit, and his friend, inquisitive bird.

Questioning bird

You also have this levitating globe, which is kinda cool, especially if you’ve been watching Fravity.

And a CD-ROM drive, in case you’d forgotten what that looked like.

We’re not making fun of the place, it has a great location near the fort just off New Gandhi Park and a nice caretaker. It’s just sadly neglected in terms of actual scientific content. It’s amusing but we do hope that the Rs. 20 donations will someday add up to better exhibits.

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