Caracas

Venezuela



Address:
Plaza Los Museos (Parque Los Caobos)

Phone: 0058 21 2577 5094
Fax: 0058 21 2573 2368
Website: www.museodeciencias.gov.ve

Museo De Ciencias

The Science Museum is a national, official Venezuelan institution. Its mission is to spread science as well as to contribute to the increase of public knowledge and to the appreciation of the sciences and inform on the scientific heritage of the country. It is also concerned with increasing scientific knowledge, researching, preserving and safekeeping the scientific and cultural heritage of the Museum.

In 1844, Juan Manuel Cajigal, Jacinto Rodriguez and José Rafael Revenga presented before Congress a project for the creation of a National Museum, oriented towards the natural sciences and history. The proposal was rejected.

Thirty years later a distinguished personality from scientific circles in Venezuela, the German scientist Adolf Ernst (co-founder of the Society of Physical and Natural Sciences in 1867) revived the National Museum project and its headquarters (built by Luis Muñoz Tébar) was finally inaugurated on October 28th 1875, during the presidency of Antonio Guzmán Blanco.

Later on, during General Juan Vicente Gomez’s government, the National Museum was divided into three large museums: the Fine Arts Museum, the Bolivarian Museum and the Museum of Archaeology and Natural History. It was not until 1935, however, that the construction of its headquarters was undertaken.

The architect Carlos Raul Villanueva designed the building of the Natural Science Museum. It has a neoclassical influence and the sculptures were designed by Francisco Narváez. The Museum was inaugurated on July 24th 1940. The main, historical building of the Museum was designed by the architect, Carlos Raul Villanueva and has since ... [ Read all ]


Permanent Collection

We serve as custodians for eleven collections with a total of almost 200,000 objects, pieces and zoological specimens:

Physical Anthropology, Archaeology, Ethnography, Herpetology, Ichthyology, Invertebrates, Mineralogy, Ornithology, Palaeontology, Teriology and the documentary collection.

These collections constitute the national heritage of the nation.




Cost

Entrance is free


Opening hours

Mondays to Fridays 09:00 to 17:00
Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays 10:30 to 18:00


Getting there

Plaza Los Museos (Parque Los Caobos)
Caracas
VENEZUELA

Tel: (+58) 21 2577 5094 /5103 /5786
Fax: (+58) 21 2573 2368
Email: mcienci3@reacciun.ve


Facilities

Free guided tours with prior reservation


Museum internal and external photos (4)

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Groups

Guided visits for groups of either the museum as a whole or thematically organised are aimed at schools, students and all those people who are interested in further knowing the exhibitions within the Museum.
The visits can be booked by filling out the online form:
http://www.museodeciencias.gov.ve/solicitud_visita.htm


Families

The museum holds a series of workshops and scientific demonstrations for families on weekends.


Children

The museum offers courses and workshops for children and young people during the school holidays. For more information please see: http://www.museodeciencias.gov.ve/actividades.htm#Vacaciones


Venue hire

The Museum space can be hired for special events.