The MHN, managed by the Sociedade Galega de Historia Natural – a non-profit scientific and conservationist entity- in agreement with the City of Ferrol, is a unique museum in Spain.
Its funds come from the activities of the entity and from donations from private collections, always under the principle of not harming nature. It’s probably the best collection of Iberian cetacean bones, in which the skeleton of a 18 m common whale stands outs, and dermoplasties of cetaceans, seals and sea turtles.
A giant squid and rare species of sharks in preservative liquids are very rare pieces, such as the 15-million-year-old beaked whale fossils, of which the museum houses unique holotypes. A complete collection of mollusks from the Philippines from the 19th century, shares space with a sample of herbaria and algaria, section of trees from historical parks, insects, mollusks and crustaceans from Galicia, preparations of birds and mammals found in the nature and a section dedicated to whale hunting.
Highly recommended for familty visits and schools due to its didactic approach.