The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) was established as one of the national level institutions set up during the Silver Jubilee celebrations of India's Independence, to portray and promote awareness on the Natural Heritage of the country.
The National Museum of Natural History, an institution devoted to environmental education, derives its strength principally from theme-based exhibition galleries, experiential resource centers such as Discovery Room, Activity Room, and educational and out-reach activities, with the intention to depict the country's rich natural heritage and natural history(geology, botany and zoology).
The objectives of the National Museum of Natural History are:
To develop the NMNH in the country's Capital to achieve the highest level of quality to promote environmental education on a national level.
To develop Regional offices (regional museum of natural history) in various regions of the country in order to extend its activities at the regional/local levels.
To develop museum-based educational projects at the level so as to help school curriculum on environmental education (EE).
To develop EE resource materials (such as audio-visual aids, low-cost teaching aids, school loan kits, etc.) to promote environmental education (EE).
To undertake research (museological and collection based) consonant with the scope and resources of the museum.
To extend professional help to other agencies/organizations regarding natural history collections/museums.
To develop national and international cooperation/collaboration with other organizations/professional bodies/museums related to natural history/EE.