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Museum of Natural History (Municipal Museum of Funchal)

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Rua Mouraria 31, Funchal, Madeira 9000-047, Portugal
(351 91) 22 97 61
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Interesting exhibits

Some interesting exhibits but very hot and stuffy inside. Main galleries on second floor up wooden... read more

Reviewed 31 October 2017
Bath, UK
via mobile
Intriguing but old fashioned

Reminded me of the quiet and formal museums from the past. Nothing seems to have changed much here... read more

Reviewed 24 July 2017
Leicester, United Kingdom
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Housed in the old residence of the Count of Carvalhal, this museum's mission is to collect and store important information about the flora and fauna of Madeira through its wide collection of many marine-type species and geological samples from the region.
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  • Average29%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible6%
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Rua Mouraria 31, Funchal, Madeira 9000-047, Portugal
(351 91) 22 97 61
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Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

Some interesting exhibits but very hot and stuffy inside. Main galleries on second floor up wooden stairs.

Thank jcpilgrims
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

Reminded me of the quiet and formal museums from the past. Nothing seems to have changed much here in years. Helpful curators but little interpretation in some sections. Best bits were interesting displays on fauna, fungi and fauna. My son aged four ran between the...More

Thank CaptainBlackmore
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Not to be missed! This is a wonderful example of how to display creatures so that people can learn more about the local wildlife. I had [for instance] no idea that a seal has claws on the edges of its flipper - but there is...More

Thank L B
Reviewed 18 March 2017

This is more a museum of stuffed animals than a natural history museum. It is very disappointing, so much more could be made of this attraction, such as interactive displays and at least something about conservation.

1  Thank Sue565
Reviewed 17 February 2017

If you visit the Museum, entrance under 2 Euros for seniors, don't miss the aquarium. It is through a mysterious unmarked door on the right. Take care because it is very dark inside and there are seats in the centre you could trip over. The...More

Thank John D
Reviewed 17 November 2016

A wonderful little museum. Displays of fish, birds and mammals. Small aquarium. Most of the museum was closed for a ten year programme of refurbishment so admission was free. Still worth a visit.

Thank Michael H
Reviewed 6 October 2016

It has not changed much in all the time we have been visiting/living here, except the turtle has gone from the aquarium. Museums have moved on, this one hasn't.

1  Thank MadExpat22
Reviewed 30 July 2016

This small museum close to Sao Pedro Church is worth a look (only costs 3.86 euros). There is a small aquarium with local fish and a photogenic octopus, an exhibitio about the Maderian laurel forests and many stuffed birds and fish. The building itself is...More

2  Thank FionaL_11
Reviewed 20 June 2016

This lovely museum is tucked behind the park opp ritz restaurant at only 3.5 euros entry a bargain you find great collection of birds fish & rocks.

Thank Stephen M
Reviewed 29 March 2016

Having seen natural history displays at the Botanic Gardens we expected to see more exhibits. However we were very disappointed especially have paid to go in, it wasn't worth the entrance fee. We first went to the aquarium which I found very claustrophobic so much...More

2  Thank Dawn C
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