The Natural Science Museum occupies two spaces in a huge building overlooking a sloping garden on the Castellana. Much of the north wing is given over to temporary exhibitions: generally a couple of small-scale ones are held annually and a larger, more ambitious one, lasting about a year, is organised every 18 months. They tend to be hands-on, interactive and fun for kids. Permanently in this wing is 'Mediterranean Nature and Civilisation', a large exhibition of Mediterranean flora and fauna, illustrating the region's biodiversity. The Jardín de Piedras (an outdoor rock garden) exhibits rocks and fossilized logs, most of them from the Community of Madrid. A replica of a Diplodocus is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the museum, along with the skeleton of a Pleistocene era Megatherium americanum from Luján, Argentina, and a stunning whale skeleton more than 20 metres long that will wow visitors of all ages.
Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales
|Venue name:||Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales||Contact:|
José Gutiérrez Abascal 2
|Opening hours:||Tue-Fri, Sun, public holidays 10am-5pm; Sat and Sun before public holidays 10am-8pm; Sat in Jul and Aug 10am-3pm|
|Transport:||Gregorio Marañón (M: L10, L7), Nuevos Ministerios (M: L6, L10), Ríos Rosas (M: L1)|
|Price:||€6; reduced €3 (students, unemployed and 4-16s); free admission over-65s and under-4s.|