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Natural History Museum of Barcelona
The Museum of Geology and the Museum of Zoology form the Natural History Museum of Barcelona that depends on the council of Barcelona. 1- The Museum of Geology of Barcelona is the receiver of a great part of the historical richness that the study of the sciences of the Earth in Catalonia has provided. Their main work consists on preserve and spread this natural richness, since all connection of the past with the future is a guarantee of continuity in the safeguard and the knowledge of the geologic patrimony. The construction of the Museum of Geology is due to the legacy that Francesc Martorell i Peña (1822-1878) left to the city of Barcelona. For this reason this museum is also known as Museum Martorell. The building, designed by the architect Antoni Rovira i Trias, was inaugurated in September of 1882 and it constituted the first building built in Barcelona to install a public museum. In this Museum the collections of Natural History and Arqueology of F. Martorell were housed. In 1924 it was exclusively dedicated to the Geology. From their beginnings, the museum of Geology has had important donations, collectings and purchases that integred its patrimony. Periodically the Museum published the paper: "Treballs del Museu de Geologia de Barcelona". 2- The Zoology Museum of Barcelona is located in a modernist building built by Lluis Domènech i Montaner in 1888. The Museum consists of 2 units: one visible, known as The Castle of the Three Dragons, devoted primarily to exhibition halls and public facilities, and another in the basement where the technical and scientific works takes place. The permanent exhibition shows the variety in animal forms. The specimens are arranged according to the taxonomic groups they belong to and are accompanied by text of group features and a basic information of species. Temporary exhibitions are to present specialized biological subjects and some aspects of the relations between the animal world and man. The collections of the Museum are arranged in three main sections: non arthropod invertebrates, arthropods and vertebrates. The Type collection mainly consists of insects and molluscs. Due to increase of inquiries and loans, at present, the staff is investing a big effort in all sections with the objective to finish the catalogation and computerization of collections. There is a department of preparation and restoration of specimens, which works on new and old specimens. The research in the museum is at present on systematics, biogeography and biology of the Coleoptera and ecoethological studies of Vertebrates. The Museum publishes three series: Animal Biodiversity and Conservation, Arxius de Miscellània Zoològica, Treballs del Museu de Zoologia and Monografies del Museu. It also produces catalogues for its exhibitions and other publications. The Museum organizes programs of activities which includes: scholar activities, courses and conferences. The Library is specialized in zoology and has a small but valuable set of old naturalist's books.