Natural History Museum of Funchal

The Madeira archipelago is famous throughout the world for its priceless natural heritage. To learn in detail about the rich biodiversity of the archipelago, as well as its evolution over the centuries, a visit to the Natural History Museum of Funchal is a must.

Although it focuses on Natural History, the truth is that this space is also part of Madeira's History itself: this is the oldest museum operating in the archipelago, which opened on 5 October 1933. It is located in São Pedro Palace, one of the most important examples of Portuguese civil architecture, built in the mid-18th century.

The Natural History Museum of Funchal accommodates, in its study collections, more than 50,000 records, equivalent to more than 200,000 species. Among these records are multiple species of fish, birds, land and marine mammals, marine reptiles, insects, invertebrates and plants. It also has a collection of rocks and minerals from the archipelago, as well as marine fossils from Porto Santo.


The Natural History Museum of Funchal houses more than 50.000 records of animal and botanical specimens and is the ideal place to get to know Madeira's unique natural heritage in detail.

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Rua da Mouraria, n.º 33 | 9004-546 Funchal
October to March: 09h00-17h30 | April to September: 09h00-19h30 | Closed: 25th December
Cultural Agenda
20th June 2023 to 20th June 2028

Exhibition "Waterline" by Gonçalo Gomes

Publicising marine life and raising visitors awareness of the importance of ocean conservation: these are the objectives of Gonçalo Gomes' new exhibition "Waterline", which will be presented at the Natural History Museum of Funchal. Through a series of photos and videos, visitors will be able to contemplate an exclusive show of marine biodiversity in the Madeira archipelago.
From 20 June

Exhibition "Gritos Silenciosos: Oceanos em Perigo"

"Gritos Silenciosos: Oceanos em Perigo" is an exhibition that aims to raise awareness of the negative impact that macro plastics have on the marine fauna of the Autonomous Region of Madeira. This exhibition, which will be on display at the Natural History Museum of Funchal, is portrayed through photographs by Cristina Camacho and Bélen Caro.
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