With over 200 years of history, the National Museum of Natural Sciences or Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales of Madrid it brings together a wide representation of the extinct and contemporary fauna of the world.
It is the oldest science museum in the world. Its origins date back to the foundation in 1752. In its display cases you can see approx 6 million specimens including insects, shellfish, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, fossils, minerals and rocks. Notable among his collection of stuffed animals they are elephants, giraffes and rhinos, but we can also see a wolf, an Iberian lynx and the extinct Tasmanian tiger.
The aim of the museum is that visitors, in addition to having fun, learn about our planet, know how it is and how it was, and are aware of the great changes it has undergone since the beginning of life.
What to see at the National Museum of Natural Sciences
This museum has over 6 million specimens in its collections, and this makes it one of the main centers of reference not only for the Spanish fauna, but also for that of other areas of the Mediterranean.
His are also interesting permanent exhibitions:
- such as the one dedicated to the History of the Earth and of Life, in which spectacular specimens can be viewed, such as the replica of a Diplodocus
- the Stone Garden, a set of rocks and petrified tree trunks in the open
- the Mediterranean, nature and civilization, where the ecosystems and fauna of this area are shown
- the Royal Museum, which offers a journey through time through collections with centuries of history.
Certainly one of the most interesting museums in Madrid, suitable for all families, young people, couples and children. A fantastic and unique experience through the discovery and knowledge of the animal and geological world.
The National Museum of Natural Sciences in Madrid is housed in a historic building: the Palace of Arts and Industry, located at number 2.
From Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:00.
Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 10:00 to 20:00
Monday is the museum's closing day.
For more information on opening days and times, visit the official website.
The cost of the full ticket for adults is 7 €
The reduced ticket price for students, unemployed and children between 4 and 14 years is € 3
Over 65s and children under the age of 4 enter for free.
How to reach us
The most convenient way to get to the National Museum of Natural Sciences in Madrid is by meter. You need to take line 7 or 10 and get off at Gregorio Marañon station. Also bus 7, 12, 14, 27, 40, 45, 147 and 150 lead to the museum.