Barcelona

Spain



Address:
Parc de la Ciutadella, s/n

08003
Phone: 0034 933 196 895
Fax: 0034 933 199 312
Website: http://w10.bcn.es/APPS/wp

Museu De Ciències Naturals (Museum Of Natural Science)

The Museum of Natural Science at Ciutadella Park is a public institution of science serving the community. In the year 2000, the Geology Museum and the Zoology Museum merged, forming the current Museum of Natural Science.

The origin of these two museums goes back to the Martorell Museum, which was founded in 1878 from the bequest left by Francesc Martorell Peña. This was the first public museum in Barcelona. The Museum's entire holdings were originally housed at the Martorell building, but in 1924 part of the collections was transferred to the building known as Castell dels Tres Dragons ('Three Dragons Castle'), where the city's Zoology Museum was located until 2000.

The Museum is dedicated to preserving our natural heritage and promoting the zoological and geological holdings of the Museum, whose importance to the scientific, economic, and cultural development of society is evident. The Museum preserves, documents, and expands the collections in order to disseminate knowledge of our country's natural heritage and, in addition, to develop citizen awareness about the need to protect the natural environment.

As a cultural instrument, the Museum promotes the teaching and dissemination of the natural sciences through a variety of activities adapted to the needs and desires of society in general, and schools in particular.


 Permanent Collection Highlights (20)

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Permanent Collection

MINERALOGY, PETROLOGY AND PALEONTOLOGY
A portion of the specimens in the collections, which mostly consist of minerals, rocks, and fossils, are exhibited according to their systematic, genetic, and evolutionary characteristics in order to provide information on the Earth's geological composition and history.
The minerals and rocks are exhibited in the Hall of Mineralogy and Petrology. The general mineralogy exhibit is organized according to Strunz systematics (chemical and structural classification). Meteorites, gems, crystalline aggregates, minerals from Catalonia, radioactive minerals, and fluorescents minerals are exhibited in other display cases.
The petrology exhibit, which occupies the central part of the hall displays the most characteristic rocks from the Earth's lithosphere. The exhibit starts with a display explaining the formation and internal structure of the Earth and the composition, origin, and evolution of rocks and their industrial uses. In consecutive display cases the principle types of rocks (plutonic, volcanic, metamorphic and sedimentary) are displayed.
The Paleontology hall is used for exhibiting fossils, which are arranged in 3 groups of display cases, each with a different focus: specific geological periods for example, the Jurassic; a specific biological group for example, the Graptolites; and paleontology localities, especially those in Catalonia. Twelve full-scale reproductions, made in 1917, of large animals from the past also standout. These were recently restored.
This exhibit was expanded last year with the addition of 8 new display cases containing the following: gems (general information, cut and rough cut), minerals of Catalonia (s...+ [ Read all ]


Exhibitions

ORIGINS: UniverseEarthLifeHumanity
February 28th 2007 to February 28th 2008
In order to help us discover our cosmological, biological, and cultural origins, the exhibition 'ORIGINS' integrates the latest research from diverse scientific fields on the universe, life, the Earth, and humanity. One of the primary goals of this exhibition is to learn about these four areas through numerous scientific disciplines including cosmology, astronomy, geology, paleontology, chemistry, biology, and even anthropology and archeology.
The exhibition explores, following the four themes of the exhibition's title, the growth of the cosmos, the internal forces that make the Earth a 'live' planet, the possibility that life originated from space, and scientific research on the brain that helps us to understand why we are humans. Over time, human ideas and views on the origin and development of the universe, Earth, life, and humanity have evolved and this exhibition uses real, human-made objects to explain these changes. This progress in understanding our origins has been continuously challenged by belligerent geocentrism, creationism, and anthropocentrism.


Previous Exhibitions

Planet Earth: learn and act
June 2006

Mythology of the Dinosaurs
June 2005

The Diversity of LIFE
June 2004

Gems of the Iberian Peninsula: the Great Unknowns
March 2004

The Martorell Museum: 125 Years of Natural Science (1878-2003)
December 2003

The Other Architects
June 2003

The Dream Assignment
November 2003

We Want your Light!
February 2003

Atapuerca
October 2002

Sagrada Familia. Rocks from the Temple, Stones from Time.
April 2002

Bestiary XXX
March 2002

Fallen from the sky
November 2001


Exhibitions (15)

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Cost

ADULTS
*Permanent Exhibitions: 3,50 €
Temporary Exhibition (‘ORIGINS’): 3,50 €
Permanent + Temporary Exhibitions: 4,20 €
Permanent + Temporary Exhibitions + Botanical Garden: 5 €

REDUCED, INDIVIDUAL (Students under 25 years old, retired persons, unemployed persons, families with 3 or more children, Metropolitan Transportation Pass with Companion for people with disabilities)
*Permanent Exhibitions: 2 €
Temporary Exhibition (‘ORIGINS’): 2 €
Permanent + Temporary Exhibitions: 2,70 €
Permanent + Temporary Exhibitions + Botanical Garden: 3,50 €

REDUCED, GROUPS (For more than 10 people)
*Permanent Exhibitions: 2,50 €
Temporary Exhibition (‘ORIGINS’): 2,20 €
Permanent + Temporary Exhibitions: 3,50 €
Permanent + Temporary Exhibitions + Botanical Garden: 4 €

Public library card holders 50% discount and Tourist Bus 20% discount.

FREE ENTRY
Children up to age 16, ICOM members, Barcelona Card, AAMZB members (+1 person), teachers with groups of students, tourist guides and first Sunday of each month.

*Tickets to the permanent exhibitions include the Barcelona Geology Museum, the Barcelona Zoology Museum and access to the temporary exhibition ‘The Martorell Museum, 125 Years of Natural Science (1878-2003)’.


Opening hours

Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 am to 6:30 pm
Sunday 10:00 am to 2:30 pm
Closed Mondays


Getting there

GEOLOGY MUSEUM
Parc de la Ciutadella, s/n
08003 Barcelona
SPAIN
Tel: (+34) 933 196 895
Fax: (+34) 933 199 312

ZOOLOGY MUSEUM
Passeig Picasso, s/n
08003 Barcelona
SPAIN
Tel: (+34) 933 196 912
Fax: (+34) 933 104 999
Email: museuciencies@bcn.cat

By metro: L-1 (Arc de Triomf); L-4 (Jaume I)
By bus: 14, 39, 40, 41, 42, 51, 141, B25
By train: Arc de Triomf




Museum internal and external photos (2)

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Education

DYNAMIC AND GUIDED VISITS FOR SCHOOLS
An educator gives a tour of the temporary and permanent exhibits. The tour focuses on the most important aspects of the exhibit and its objectives. The educator interacts with the students to introduce specific questions designed to stimulate reflection and deduction of the answers.
Educational Levels: kindergarten, elementary school, secondary school to 16 years of age, secondary school from 16 – 18 years of age, and adults.
Schedule: from Monday through Friday at 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 1 pm, and 2:30 pm (check for other days and times)
Number of students per class: 25
Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Tours include:
- Rocks, Minerals and Fossils
- Classification of the Animal Kingdom
- An Inside Look at the Zoology Museum
- Three Dragons Castle. Modernist Architecture at the Zoology Museum


WORKSHOP ITINERARIES
These are tours of different areas of Ciutadella Park, led by an educator. The programmes are designed as educational units involving both observation and handling of specimens in order to consolidate learning. Practical activities are also used to assure that the workshop's objectives are met.
Schedule: from 9:30 am to 2 pm
Number of students per itinerary: 25
Duration: 2 hours
Price: 90€ (2 educators per group)


Groups

GUIDED VISITS
An educator gives a tour of the temporary and permanent exhibits. The tour focuses on the most important aspects of the exhibit and its objectives.
Number of participants per visit: 25
Duration: varies from 75 minutes to 2 hours

List of guided visits for groups:
- Rocks, Minerals and Fossils
- Classification of the Animal Kingdom
- An Inside Look at the Zoology Museum
- Three Dragons Castle. Modernist Architecture at the Zoology Museum


Schools

WORKSHOPS FOR SCHOOLS
These activities are designed as teaching units that are generally given in a classroom/workshop. The programs are run by an educator and the curriculum includes inductive and deductive exercises that involve both observation and handling of specimens from the Museum's collections. This method is designed to consolidate the learning process and work on the activity's objective.
Educational Levels: kindergarten, elementary school, secondary school to 16 years of age, secondary school from 16 to 18 years of age, and adults.
Schedule: from Monday through Friday at 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 1 pm, and 2:30 pm (check for other days and times)
Number of students per class: 24
Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Workshops include:
- Discovering our Ancestors
- Honey Bees
- Evolution and Animal Adaptation to the Environment
- Let’s Classify the Animals
- Let’s Discover Minerals and Rocks
- The Genetics Surrounding Us
- Fossils: History and Footprints from the Past
- Ecosystems and Preserving Biodiversity
- A Carnival of Sounds
- How to Identify a Hominic
- The World of the Ants
- Let’s Get to Know Fossils


Other activities for schools: http://w10.bcn.es/APPS/wprmuseuciencies/Museu.GeneradorPagines?idioma=3&seccio=3


Families

WORKSHOPS FOR FAMILIES
These activities are designed for the whole family and generally take place in a classroom/workshop and the exhibit halls. They are led by an educator and consist of games and exercises in which specimens from the Museum are observed and handled. This is a fun way to learn about the natural sciences.
Number of Participants: 14 to 24
Schedule: Sundays at 12:00 am
Duration: varies from 75 minutes to 2 hours

List of workshops:
- Honey Bees
- Diversity Favours the Ugly. Fairy Tales and Stories of Beasts and Lunatics
- Discovering our Ancestors
- A Carnival of Sounds
- Let’s Identify the Birds in Ciutadella Park
- Do you want to make a copy of a fossil?


Adults

COURSES
The Museum offers courses to provide continuing education to individuals (specialists and interested non-specialists) through the study of current topics in the sciences, specific aspects of the natural sciences, and in depth study of scientific or naturalist topics and concepts.
The courses are taught by specialists who work for the Museum or external organizations.
Schedule: from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Limited enrollment: 14 to 40


Membership

FRIENDS OF THE BARCELONA MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE (AAMCNB)

Individual membership: 30 € / 15 € (students and retirees)
Family membership: 50 €
Supporter: 180 €
Benefactor: 300 €
Corporate Sponsor: 700 € or more
Honorary member: Individuals or companies that stand out for their collaboration and professional support in working to achieve the founding goals of the Museum, according to the criteria set out by the governing board.
Collaborator: 1 € (Individuals who utilize the resources made available by the Museum and the AAMCNB to contribute to the Museum's functions are considered collaborators. Representatives of the Museum and/or the AAMCNB will decide which Museum technician or Association member will be responsible for providing technical support and material depending on availability required to carry out the collaborative project, and, when necessary, obtaining approval from the Museum and the AAMCNB; evaluating, when appropriate, the work performed by the collaborators. The collaborative project is annual and will be evaluated after 12 months).