The origin of the museum dates back from 1771, when King Carlos III bought a collection belonging to a Spanish merchant who resided in Guayaquil (Ecuador). During the nineteenth century the museum was located in different buildings throughout the city. Finally in 1910 the museum was moved to its current location in downtown. The Natural Museum of Natural Sciences has outstanding collections of mammals, minerals, fossils etc. worthy of the best museums in the World.
One of the rooms houses a Megatherium Americanum, a creature similar to a huge bear that lived millions of years ago in the Americas. This amazing mammal was over 6 meters tall (almost 20 feet) and had bones as robust as an elephant. In the same room we can see a Glyptodon (a kind of giant armadillo) and a dinosaur skeleton replica really amazing.
The African Elephant (Sudan) is other of the most popular pieces of the Museum. Besides all this, visitors can admire an amazing old Natural History Laboratory with fishes, lizards and snakes preserved in formalin.
National Museum of Natural Sciences
Address: Calle de Jose Gutierrez Abascal 2
Metro: Gregorio Marañon Prices: 6€ / Reduced 3€
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 10:00-17:00 / Saturdays: 10:00-20:00 (July & August: 10:00- 15:00) / Sundays & bank holidays: 10:00-17:00 / Mondays Closed