Rare fish and examples of unique Madeira plant life are on display at this historic museum located in the former residence of the Count of Carvalhal. Since about 1850, botanists and biologists have collected species and artifacts that demonstrate the diversity of Madeira’s fauna, flora and mineral reserves. While visitors say the tired taxidermy displays look far past their prime, collections of marine species, geological rock samples and a slightly more-modern aquarium promote the museum’s message of environmental protection and preservation.
The Museum of Natural History is located at Rua da Mouraria no. 31, next to the Sao Pedro Church. It’s open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 6pm. On Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays it is open from 12pm until 6pm. The museum is closed on Mondays.