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 JosĂ© 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 MuĂ±oz TĂ©bar) was finally inaugurated on October 28th 1875, during the presidency of Antonio GuzmĂˇn Blanco.
Later on, during General Juan Vicente Gomezâ€™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 NarvĂˇez. 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 ... [ ]