Natural History Museum - Abbey Travel, Ireland

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Welcome to Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

The Museum d'Histoire Naturelle (Natural History Museum) opened its doors in 1855 and was the first of its kind in the Indian Ocean. The museum houses fascinating exhibits of the region's creatures, from shells to rare birds and mammals, as well as books and engravings. In 1945 and 1948, cyclones destroyed much of the museum's collection and it was forced to close its doors for several years, but today it boasts roughly 42,000 specimens. The museum is within the State Gardens (Jardin de l'Etat) - a beautiful botanical garden home to roughly 50 species of trees from around the world and numerous beautiful plants, ponds and walkways. A particular favourite in the gardens are the flowering lotus plants.

Information & Facts

1 rue Poivre, Jardin de l'Etat
French, as well as Reunion Creole and some English is spoken.

Réunion is an overseas départementof France and therefore since 2002, the unit of currency is the Euro, divided into 100 cents. There are plenty of banks and ATMs on the island, and most shops and hotels accept major credit cards (though most require a minimum amount for payments). Travellers cheques are widely accepted, with Euros the preferred currency. Banks are open on weekdays from 8am to 4pm. Most businesses are required to display their prices in their windows and restaurants and hotels must have their rates visible from the exterior.

Opening Times
Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm.
Local time is GMT +4.
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