Museum of Natural History Mexico City
The Natural History Museum is in Mexico city, the only museum national level in the field of natural history. It is located in the Forest of Chapultepec (2nd section) of Mexico City, the capital of the country. Through its specimens on display, the museum aims to give visitors an overview of the history of the universe, the earth and human beings.
This museum of natural history Mexico City was founded in 1790 originally as a cabinet of natural history (at that time curio cabinets were the precedents of existing museums). Later, and at some point in its history, its name and location have changed. For example, from 1909 to 1964, he was named "National Museum of Natural History," but from 1964 was renamed,simply, "Museum of Natural History".
Recently, between 2006 and 2012, the museum management proposed a vast renovation project in which the possibility of renaming the museum as "Museo Nacional de Historia" included While it is true that in the XXI century a part of the renovation of the museum has been and is taking place, the official name of the museum finally did not change and actually still officially calling, since 1964, "Natural History Museum"
The history of the National Museum of Natural History of Mexico begins at the end of the Spanish colonial government and was the first public museum of natural history that was founded in the New World. It is since not only open to the public but also an institution for scientific research space.
Taking part in a commission sent by Carlos IV to New Spain in order to complete and illustrate the monumental work of Dr. Don Francisco Hernández came Jose Longinos Martinez, who settled in Mexico City, and initiate whose and personal contribution should the foundation of the Cabinet of Natural History, at 89th street house Plateros, 25 August 1790. They contributed donations to the enrichment of the collections of the Cabinet, Don Fausto Elhúyar and Don José Antonio Alzate and Ramirez, among others many people.
Because of the War of Independence (1808-1814) were in danger of being lost collections, but mostly were rescued and sent to the University, where they joined the archeology, which orders the viceroy Bucareli had been installed in the library of the same institution, it being established in 1822, both the Conservatory of Antiquities and the Cabinet of Natural History.
The Museum of natural history Mexico City offers guided tours of groups. Visits are conducted by biologists and specialized staff and the museum can be for kids in kindergarten through adult group fully.