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  Museu de História Natural e Aquário (Municipal Museum).  
The Municipal Museum.
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The Museum of Natural History (or Municipal Museum of Funchal) is situated in what used to be the old residence of the Count of Carvalhal, at the Rua da Mouraria. It is also well known as the Palace of Saint Peter - Palácio São Pedro .

The establishment of this museum was undertaken by the old director of the Municipal Library of Funchal, Adolfo César de Noronha. A renowned fauna and flora researcher who published several articles about Madeiran zoology.

The purpose of the museum was to collect and store important information about the fauna and flora, and mineral wealth of Madeira, and to make it available to the general public. Since 1850 important species were gathered, collected, and stored on the premises. Including many types of fauna, animals preserved by taxidermical methods, even mineral rocks, and so on. It is possible then to compare species today with their ancestors from the past.

The collection includes many marine type species - sea birds, mammals - such as sea lions, rare sharks and even fossilised corals. A Special collection of geological samples of volcanic rock are also on display.

On the first floor of the museum there is a small aquarium with live specimens. The museum endeavours to promotes the importance of environmental preservation and is an important resource for nature lovers and botany or biology enthusiasts.


More Info :

  • Opening Hours :
    Tuesday to Sunday:
    open from 10.00 to 12.30 and from 14.00 to 18.00

  • Contact:
    Museu Municipal do Funchal
    Museu de História Natural e Aquário
    Rua da Mouraria 31
    9000 Funchal
    Tel.: (351 91) 22 97 61
    Fax: (351 91) 22 51 80

  • Admission Fees:
    Adults: 250$00 PTE (Portuguese Escudos)
    Pensioners: 100$00 PTE
    Children - ages from 12 to 18 years: 50$00 PTE
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