Profile - 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 been declared National Heritage.

On December 20th 1990, the Government created the Science Museum Foundation and the writer Domingo Miliani, who began the renovation of the Museum, headed its first Board of Directors. Raul Nass followed him as President between 1993 and 1995, at which time began a serious process of modernisation and universality of the institution.

Today the Science Museum is the National Museum with the most visitors in the country - almost 900,000 people benefit from our services. The Museum has decided to become a place for the confluence of the different scientific disciplines and the different sectors of society which promote the expansion of knowledge and the democratisation of science; it has become a more accessible place for the public and this functions as an effective tool for reflecting on the country. In the same manner, investigation, learning, the increase of global thought and education in science also help in the understanding of the country.

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