Santiago de Compostela / SPAIN – PART 2

In this second part we’re going to explore the Historical and National Museum.

If you didn’t read my first post about Santiago, check it —–> here.


About museum

The Museum of Natural History of the University of Santiago de Compostela integrates research, education and scientific dissemination.


The museum has two floors. Let’s find out what you can find there.


#1 Geodiverdese:

  • Minerals
  • Gems
  • Rocks
  • Fossils
  • Meteroites

#2 Edafodiversity:

  • All about the ground



#1 Biodiversity:

  • Molluscs “collection roll”
  • Invertebrates – plants
  • Algae
  • Invertebrates – animals
  • Turtles


  • Fishes
  • Birds

#2 Global terrestrial biodiversity:

  • Biomes and fauna worldwide
  • Savannah
  • Jungle



#3 Temporary exhibitions



The collections of this museum have been shaped since the mid-nineteenth century, mostly with contributions from professors of the University of Santiago de Compostela, scientists and naturalists, as well as individuals and institutions.

Its organization in the general databases, which can be consulted on this portal, is by large taxonomic groups, in order to expedite and facilitate access to the documentation of the units. Thus, in the same general collection are included copies of historical and current collections, although in the archives and warehouses of the museum, each original collection maintains its own identity.


Visits to permanent exhibitions can be done with guidance or without guidance assistance.

For guided tours, prior reservation will be necessary. It is also recommended to make prior reservations in the case of group visits without a guide, to avoid problems of gauging.

You can also take a virtual walk around the museum – here.



Individual entry:
Children under 18 years of age and retired € 2
Adults 3 €

Family entrance:
1 adult + 1 child / a = € 4
For each additional adult or child € 2

Entrance for students, PDI and PAS of the USC: € 1 per person.

Entrance for students and professors outside the USC:
Individual € 2

In organized groups € 1 per person

On the first Wednesday of each month free admission

Check – here.







I hope that you enjoyed in this short walk around the Historical and Natural museum in Santiago de Compostela.

Until some new walks around Santiago, stay tuned 😉

19 thoughts on “Santiago de Compostela / SPAIN – PART 2

  1. Medha says:

    I am not a lot into museums however, I do get to learn a lot when I visit them and sometimes, it’s all about how they’ve been displayed. Santiago’s National Museum of History seems like it could be interesting to explore, especially the floor with fossils, gems and rocks. For some reason, I like exploring that more than the plants & animals.

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  2. Jas says:

    My trips abroad are usually very short so I never have time for museums. This one, however, definitely looks super interesting especially with its jungle section exhibits. Will for sure pay a visit if I’m ever in Spain!

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  3. italiantripabroad says:

    This is a good review of the Natural History Museum of Santiago. It is really worth to be visited. Not just a religious place but even a touristic one.

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  4. Kavita Favelle says:

    Thank you so much for this intro do the Natural History Museum of Santiago, I’m a big fan of natural history museums and it’s great to know what is showcased on each floor and the special collections as well.


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