Museu de Ciencia da Universidade de Coimbra, Coimbra

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The Science Museum of the University of Coimbra (Museu da Ciência da Universidade de Coimbra) gathers the historical scientific collections of several units of the University of Coimbra, in Coimbra, Portugal. It includes the collection of scientific instruments from the 18th and 19th century of the Physics Museum, the collections of botanics, zoology, anthropology and mineralogy of the Natural History Museum, and the collections of the Astronomical Observatory and the Geophysical Institute of the University of Coimbra.

Formerly there were several museums in the university, including a museum of physics, a museum of zoology, a museum of natural history, and a museum of mineralogy and geology, which were managed by different university departments. They merged in 2006/2007 to form the Science Museum of the University of Coimbra.

Most of these collections date back to the reform of the University promoted by the Marquis of Pombal in 1772, where the teaching of the sciences took major importance, and are lodged in the contemporary buildings of the 18th century. This constitutes the most important science collection in Portugal and one of the most important ones in Europe.
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  • This section is fantastic, and full of interesting information. Well preserved, and the section on animal deficemcies was incredible - see attached photo. Well worth a visit! 
    This section is fantastic, and full of interesting information. Well preserved, and the section on animal deficemcies was incredible - see attached photo. Well worth a visit!  more »
  • This museum has 2 buildings, one for natural history and the other for chemistry, physics and temporary exhibitions. We enjoyed the visit and the staff was very nice. 
    This museum has 2 buildings, one for natural history and the other for chemistry, physics and temporary exhibitions. We enjoyed the visit and the staff was very nice.  more »
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  • Half of things didn’t work ( they look broken or malfunctioning)and the biological part is closed , they should reduce the price or at least let you know in advance. Really disappointing.
  • Loved my visit, an incredible collection in an historical setting

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