Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona

The Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona (Natural Science Museum of Barcelona) is an institution with a long track record. Its origins date back to 1878 when the collections bequeathed to the city by the naturalist Francesc Martorell i Peña laid the foundations for what was to become Barcelona’s first public museum.

The Museum holds a patrimony of nearly 4 million specimens in the fields of mineralogy, petrology, palaeontology, zoology and botany.

It consists of four centres located in three of the city’s emblematic Parks. Ciutadella Park houses the Scientific Area (collections, research and documentation centre) and Martorell Museum (the historical building of the museum). Montjuïc is home to the Botanical Garden and the Historic Botanical Garden. And the Forum Park its most recent site since 2011 with new facilities (workshop rooms, laboratories, conference hall, media library, etc.) and a 3,000 square metre reference exhibition “Planet Life”.

The museum is essentially working to generate and share knowledge with the aim of creating a society that is better informed, more connected and more responsible towards nature. It does this by maintaining collections that are the tangible testament of the natural heritage of Catalonia, doing research on biological and geological diversity, and creating experiences that encourage as many people as possible to explore, learn, love, enjoy, enter the dialogue and participate