Natural History Museum of Chies d'Alpago

 The Natural History Museum, housed in the former primary school of Chies d'Alpago was opened on June 22nd, 2002. The property is of the “Comunità Montana dell'Alpago” and it was conceived 25 years ago by Ivan Fossa, a local naturalist of Puos d'Alpago and requested by many local naturalists and teachers in order to organize and conserve the wealth of local natural history in a place accessible to the public. The exhibition is set on three floors of the building where you can find a rich collection of all aspects of Natural Sciences in the Province of Belluno set up in a didactic framework. The visit to the museum begins on the ground floor with the vertebrate Zoology section.

All the specimens of fauna in the Belluno province ( fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals) are represented and well preserved. On the first floor the zoology section is completed with insects (spiders, butterflies etc.) and shellfish. Two rooms are dedicated to Geology and Mineralogy and show local features and fossils. There is also sections on Paleontology, Archaeology and Human Anatomy.

The top floor houses the Botany section and some dioramas. A series of explanatory panels show algae, lichens, musks, ferns, more advanced plants and plant associations. You can also see a collection of mushrooms and a wood specimen collection showing samples of trees and bushes found in the Belluno province.
Among the exhibits you can admire a jaw of an Odontocet (similar to a dolphin which inhabited the ancient Alpago sea) and, in the exposition dedicated to fish, the “Sampierolo”, an endemic fish of Lake Santa Croce.

A series of dioramas completes the collection with scenes of prehistoric hunters, large mammals, wetlands, alpine terrain and hibernation.

Opening days and accessibility

 Opening hours:

- In summer: Saturdays and Sundays from 4 pm to 7 pm

- in winter: Sundays from 3 pm to 6 pm

- other days by reservation for school groups and groups


Viale Manzoni, 215
32010 Chies d'Alpago

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