The history of the Museum dates to the end of the 19th century with the Rodrigo Botet’s donation to the city of Valencia. The Museum consists of five exhibition areas:
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– TECHNOLOGY AND KNOWLEDGE: In this space is shown the technology as the progress motor for scientific knowledge, from the first optical microscopes with which spectacular discoveries as the Neuronal Theory of Cajal were realized, to the electrical modern miscroscopes which have made possible cellular study and the treatment of hitherto incurable diseases.
– J.RODRIGO BOTET’S PALEONTOLOGICAL COLLECTION: It is considered to be the most important South American collection of Europe leading to the establishment of the first paleontologic museum of the European continent. This collection consisted of more than fifteen skeletons of extinct animals which lived in the Pleistocene in America. It is particularly important the Megatherium specimen.
-HISTORY OF LIFE AND EVOLUTION. A tour through the different eras of the Earth, which shows that the planet and its human populace are the result of a history of more than 4 billion years of evolutionary change, of which we have evidence because of fossils. The importance of the Palaeontology in the Valencian Community is emphasized to understand better how the landscapes and ecosystems of the land have evolved over time until the appearance of man; a figure who once portrayed in his cave paintings the animals with which he coexisted, and which have now become extinct in the areas where they were abundant thousands of years ago.
-MALACOLOGY AREA consists of an interesting mollusc-shell collection belonging to Dr. Eduardo Roselló Brú, complete with a representation of the mollusc fauna of the Valencian region, as well as exotic examples.
-VALENCIAN ECOSYSTEMS.The municipal area of Valencia encompasses a great richness and variety of ecosystems where coexist a great city, a river ecosystem (naturally formed and transformed into green urban spaces), a sea, la huerta (the vegetable garden, a highly-productive agricultural zone), and sites of the greatest naturalistic value, such as the Albufera Nature Reserve and the Devesa which is of enormous international importance.
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15 mar – 15 oct: martes a domingos y festivos 10.00 h a 19.00 h
16 oct – 14 mar: martes a domingos y festivos 10.00 h a 18.00 h