The facilities of the Natural History Museum in Vista Alegre Park enable the general public to visit a collection that goes back to the 19th century, featuring singular pieces of great value for studying and disseminating biodiversity and the environment.
The main spaces in the new facilities are centred on the concepts of Biodiversity and Land Biodiversity, on the ground floor, and the sections devoted to Geo-diversity and Land and Marine Biodiversity on the first floor. By means of a multimedia format, the NHM’s permanent exhibition takes us on a singular itinerary featuring ecosystems of continental waters and Galician forests, or geo-diversity with samples of minerals, precious and semi-precious stones, rocks, fossils and meteorites. There is also a space for marine biodiversity, algae, invertebrates, fish or ecosystems of the Galician coast, and others further away such as the South American jungle or the African savannah.
Moreover, for the first time in Spain, there is a room devoted to soil, with a scale reproduction of the cross section of a piece of ground, highlighting the different elements that influence its structure and its relationship with the fauna and flora.
Each of the different subjects is presented to visitors with an accurate reproduction of the ecosystem in question and its main elements, with the support of timely explanations in different formats; this makes for an interactive experience that requires a participative attitude on the part of visitors. The degree to which real life is accurately reproduced is aimed at reflecting the natural world and transferring visitors to the real context of what is on display.