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Natural history Museum: photo description (Museum d'histoire naturelle de Nice)

The natural history Museum on Boulevard Risso small, but it is the oldest municipal Museum of nice, and its impressive collection: more than a million exhibits.

His appearance in nice was inevitable: the Mediterranean is home to many species of living beings, the region's powerful geological activity. The idea of creating a collection of the local flora and fauna have put forward in the nineteenth century local naturalist Antoine Risso. The student Apothecary and gardener, afterwards the famous botanist, he studied the flora and fauna of the Cote d'azur. Almost simultaneously with the investigated molluscs of the Mediterranean sea naturalist Jean-Baptiste of Verani. Jean-Baptiste Barla studied and collected fish, mushrooms and plants of the Maritime Alps. In 1846, this trio of scientists has opened a Museum in the premises of the municipality in the square of St. Francis.

The collection includes the private collections of Verani (birds, molluscs, minerals and fossils), Barla (fish, plants, and fungi). In 1896, Barla, a descendant of wealthy merchants, bequeathed to the city the greater part of his property, including the building on Boulevard Risso, on the border of Old nice. Grateful citizens immortalized the name of the scientist, giving him the street and the bridge (which, however, later demolished). The natural history Museum sometimes is also called the Museum of Barla.

A small two-storey building, its façade with large glazed arches finally took shape in the early twentieth century. At the same time formed an exhibition space of somewhat more than 150 square meters. Here is located the collection, depicting the incredible biodiversity rich and fragile natural environment of the Mediterranean sea.

In the halls of the samples of mammals from this region (stuffed wolves, wild boars, deer, badgers, chamois, bats), birds (short-eared owl, the tawny owl, the barn owl, passerines), reptiles. There are also collections of insects, fish, plants, mushrooms. Well represented minerals and fossils. Art gallery - paintings and drawings with images of local fish, plants, mushrooms.

In the near future the Museum should move to a more spacious building specially built in the Park give a damn About.