Museum Paleontologic and Archaeological Walter Ilha

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Museum Paleontologic and Archaeological Walter Ilha
Museu Paleontológico e Arqueológico Walter Ilha.JPG
Established 1987
Location street Rua Fernando Ferrari, 164, São Pedro do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
Coordinates 29°37′15″S 54°10′44″W / 29.62083°S 54.17889°W / -29.62083; -54.17889Coordinates: 29°37′15″S 54°10′44″W / 29.62083°S 54.17889°W / -29.62083; -54.17889
Type Paleontology, archeology.

The Museum Paleontologic and Archaeological Walter Ilha [1] is located at street Rua Fernando Ferrari, 164, in the city São Pedro do Sul, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. It is a museum of Paleorrota Geopark with information on the region.


The Museum Walter Ilha has a considerable collection of fossil of plants and animals of about 230 million years ago. It also contains a collection of archeology and mineralogy, organized with the intent to show the evolutionary history of life.

The museum was created by Municipal Law No 140-83/88 of November 27, 1987. However, its history is much older. Walter Ilha, a printer by profession and scientist, started to look for the authorities, bibliographies, journals and other means, information on fossils. Walter has become a collection of samples of the fossils. Working together with the Executive and Legislative powers implemented the idea of creating a museum.

After some time, has a room next to the building of Radio City, being inaugurated on September 28, 1980 the Museum Paleontologic Municipal of São Pedro do Sul. Even without being licensed, Walter Ilha was invited to converse on scientific events Paleontology, to be accepted as a member of the Brazilian Society of Paleontology. The history of the museum confused with the life of this character. The fight for Walter Ilha was tireless, always in contact with people who could work with the preservation of the fossils, and searched for every way to preserve the public awareness of these fossils.

In September 1987 Walter Ilha died, but his dreams began to take shape. In November of that year, in honor of Walter Ilha, the museum began to take its name.[2]


The collection of the museum started with the Walter Ilha donation of the collection of mineralogy, paleontology and archeology. The collection has received contributions from UFRGS, UFSM and UNISINOS.

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