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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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Very Interesting

There was more to see than we expected. All the exhibits were clearly labelled and well looked... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Fervent
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England
An old style museum!

This is a small museum that also includes a modest aquarium. If the weather is ordinary outside... read more

Reviewed 12 March 2018
colinsills
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Preston, 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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“local fish” (2 reviews)
“entrance fee” (2 reviews)
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Rua Mouraria 31, Funchal, Madeira 9000-047, Portugal
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(351 91) 22 97 61
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There was more to see than we expected. All the exhibits were clearly labelled and well looked after. Although the aquarium was small it was good to experience. Entrance charge was very reasonable and well worth paying.

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Reviewed 12 March 2018

This is a small museum that also includes a modest aquarium. If the weather is ordinary outside, which it was, and you are quite near the centre of Funchal, it is worth a visit. The building itself is interesting. Also, you have to be quite...More

Thank colinsills
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

We went here as it advertises that it also has an aquarium but we were very disappointed as it’s extremely small with just a few tanks. The museum itself was also disappointing as it’s just a lot of stuffed birds and fish and some fossils,...More

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Reviewed 2 March 2018

This is quite a small museum with a fairly large selection of sea creatures and birds. Unfortunately the day I was there a group of local students were there with a teacher who had very loud voice and dominated the whole building. The small aquarium...More

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Reviewed 23 January 2018

Having read previous reviews I was apprehensive but I was pleasantly surprised.The staff were polite but did not have much information (in English). After my visit they spoke to the curator who came down and answered all my questions. Thank you sir. The aquarium was...More

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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.

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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
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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

1  Thank L B
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Reviewed 17 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.

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Reviewed 16 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

1  Thank John D
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