The Museum of Natural Sciences of Alava was opened in 1986 at the current site of the Tower of Doña Ochanda. The building that houses the Museum of Natural Sciences of Alava is a defense palace-tower, built in the fifteenth century to defend from the exterior facade the the second medieval walls of Vitoria. It was rebuilt in the sixteenth century by Don Andrés Martínez de Iruña, which gave the name of his daughter, Dona Ochanda of Iruña and Alava.
The Museum of Natural Sciences of Alava shows valuable collections of geological, botanical and zoological.
The installation of the Museum of Natural Sciences in Alava by part of the Provincial Council of Alava in this historic property, caused a reform giving the building of facilities and services both in the exhibition area as in for research. On it highlights the amber fossil remains found in the province and with a great value for biological introductions of the Cretaceous period.
The collection of the Museum of Natural Sciences of Alava is divided into three major sections:
- In the section on Geology visitors can see paleontological and mineralogical collections. The paleontological collection consists mainly of numerous findings in the Basque Basin – Cantabrian in general and of the province of Alava in particular.The mineralogical collection is the fastest growing since the inauguration of science museum, with specimens that come mostly from the Iberian Peninsula, highlighting the appreciated collection of amber seeds.
- In the area of Botany the Museum of Science the visitor can enjoy its magnificent herbarium, known as Herbarium VIT. The herbarium ranks among the top five of the Iberian Peninsula. In its fanerogámico element ranks sixth in number of folds between the Iberian herbariums and in the cryptogamic element ranks second in number of folds between national herbaria.
- In the section dedicated to the Zoology of the science museum the visitor can enjoy the largest collection of the museum, with over three thousand registers of vertebrates and more than three hundred and forty thousand registers among the invertebrates.
The visit to the Museum of Natural Sciences of Alava can be made throughout the year except Mondays that the museum will remain closed.
Price of the entrance 3€
(2€ for groups of over 10 people and 1 € reduced)
Fundadora de las Siervas de Jesús Road, 24, Vitoria-Gasteiz. Tlf: 945 – 18193
More information about the Museum of Natural Sciences in Alava: alava.net
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