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Musée national d'histoire naturelle

Until June 1996, the Museum of History and Art shared the buildings with the Museum of Natural History at the old Fishmarket. However, through the decades, their collections and activities differed and multiplied in a way that the responsible persons planed to separate both museums. In the early seventies, the Museum of Natural History started to look for a new building. On February 6th 1986 the parliament voted the project of law having for issue the restoration of the St John’s Hospice ’and the conversion of this historic monument into a Museum of Natural History. The administrative separation of the State Museums into a National Museum of History and Art and a National Museum of Natural History, established by the law of December 28th 1988, reflects the parallel development of two cultural institutes which differ by a different approach to the public and contribute both to the enrichment of cultural life in Luxembourg. Since 1996 the National Museum of Natural History receives the visitors in three buildings along the rue Münster. Each building is destinated to a different type of activities. So, the St John’s hospice was transformed in the ‘natur musée’ with its permanent and temporary exhibitions. The educational building has three classrooms at its disposal for its activities of sensibilization of young people to environmental sciences. The Scientific Research Center houses six offices-laboratories and two stores for the collections. Here, a team of scientists, but above all of voluntary scientific collaborators of the museum, study the specimens of the collections and look after scientific aspects of our natural patrimony.