Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales

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National Museum of Natural Sciences
Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales
Palacio de las Artes e Industrias (Madrid) 01.jpg
Museum's building
Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales is located in Spain
Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales
Location within Spain
LocationMadrid, Spain
Coordinates40°26′28″N 3°41′25″W / 40.441036°N 3.690292°W / 40.441036; -3.690292
TypeNatural history museum
Visitors500,000 per year
DirectorSantiago Merino Rodríguez

The Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (Spanish: National Museum of Natural Sciences) is the National Museum of Natural History of Spain. It is situated in the center of Madrid, by the Paseo de la Castellana. It is managed by the Spanish National Research Council.

The Museum was created in 1772 by Charles III of Spain as the Gabinete Real de Historia Natural, changing names several times until its current denomination.[1] The museum originally hosted a collection donated by a Spanish merchant, Pedro F. Dávila. In 1867, some facilities were separated to give birth to other museums (Archeology, Botanic Garden, Zoologic Garden). In 1987 the museum was restructured and enlarged with funds from two smaller museums.

Some of the more relevant components of the Museum collections are:

The museum shares a big building, the Palacio de Exposiciones de las Artes e Industrias, with the Industrial Engineering School of the Technical University of Madrid.

The research departments of the museum are:



  1. ^ "Historia del Museo". Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  2. ^ Pérez García, A. y Sánchez Chillón, B., "Revista Española de Paleontología" vol.24 nr.2, page 133-148 (2009) Historia de Diplodocus carnegii del MNCN: primer esqueleto de dinosaurio montado en la Península Ibérica (in spanish).

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