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Museum of Natural History (Municipal Museum of Funchal)

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

Housed in the old residence of the Count of Carvalhal, this museum's...

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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Don't miss the aquarium

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... read more

Reviewed 16 February 2017
John D
Acharacle, United Kingdom
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Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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134 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 the seal, and there are the claws. There are Madeiran birds of every kind, and... More 

Thank L B
Manchester, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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.

Thank Sue565
Acharacle, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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 point is that this is a marine aquarium well stocked with a great variety of... More 

Thank John D
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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193 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 245 helpful votes
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
Calheta, Portugal
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48 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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.

Thank MadExpat22
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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135 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
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 quaintly old school and has a nice atmosphere.

1 Thank FionaL_11
Wombourne, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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
Guildford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
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 so that I had to leave it immediately, even the revolving door was claustrophobic and... More 

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Reviewed 22 March 2016 via mobile

the museum has an aquarium which is small and not very inspiring just felt sorry for the fish,fauna and flora was ok but stuffed animals was awful if you find yourself at the museum do yourself a favour walk past and save your money have a coffee instead

1 Thank Robert C
Gairloch, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2016

This museum is small and very old-fashioned, mostly a collection of stuffed animals, birds and sea life. Interesting to those of a zoological background, or to fans of bad taxidermy, but not a place that will amuse the kids for hours or enlighten you much about the island's unique ecosystem. Due to Madeira's geological youth, this particular museum doesn't even... More 

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