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The preservation, conservation, study of and teaching about the collections of municipal ownership and those permanently housed, generated by the scientific activity that takes place here or by the donations of collaborators and other persons or entities.
Research on Natural History, primarily concerning the Balearic Islands.
The education and exposure of the natural values of the Balearic Islands and of the environment and natural resources in general, making residents and visitors aware of the need for its conservation.

The Museu Balear de Ciències Naturals (MBCN) (Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences), in the municipality of Sóller (Majorca, Balearic Islands), is a naturalist entity dedicated to exhibiting and conserving the natural heritage of the Balearic Islands and making the general public aware of the importance of its preservation.

The Museum, which is under municipal ownership, is run by a non-profit making association, the Associació Museu Balear de Ciències Naturals, through a management agreement. The Association advocated the creation of the Museum and of the Jardí Botànic de Sóller (Sóller Botanical Gardens) and is currently responsible for managing and developing the Museum of Natural Sciences. Within the framework of the scientific culture of our islands, the Museu Balear de Ciències Naturals in Sóller is, without doubt, an important institution and has helped, since its inauguration, to bring the public closer to the scientific understanding of the nature that surrounds us, engaging in all kinds of teaching activities and environmental education.

The physical headquarters of the Museu Balear de Ciències Naturals is located in a small palace dating from the beginning of the XX century, situated in a finca called Camp d’en Prohom (Sóller).

With regards to the facilities, the Museum has five exhibition rooms, an audiovisual and conference room, a reading room and library, services, a nature classroom to carry out educational workshops, plus various spaces dedicated to storing collections, consultation and work.

The Museu Balear de Ciències Naturals is the culmination of an idea that originated amongst a group of naturalists, enthusiasts and specialists in different branches of Biology and Earth Sciences. In 1980, they decided to found an association whose purpose was the creation and upkeep of a natural history museum and botanical gardens in the municipality of Sóller that dealt, principally, with the Nature to be found in our geographical surroundings.

The reasons that provided the final impetus to realising this undertaking were several: the great number of naturalists who were working on the Balearics without having a place to house the materials that were the subject of their studies, to serve them as a base for subsequent research; the lack of a centre at that time to coordinate the environmental teaching that referred primarily to the insular theme; and finally, the inexistence of museums of an island–Mediterranean type in other places on the Islands. To realise this project, several naturalists were consulted that had been working on the study of the Nature of the Balearics such as Guillem Colom Casanovas, amongst others, who gave his full support and moral weight to the initiative.

On 9th May, 1992, the Museu Balear de Ciències Naturals and the Jardí Botànic opened their doors to the public, with a ceremony that drew a large number of naturalists, researchers, political personalities, people from the world of Balearic culture and lovers of Nature, who, with their presence, gave the necessary support to the Association to continue onwards with its work. And so, the years of struggling and the highly intensive altruistic work of all the members of the MBCN Association gave their fruit and they finally saw their project fulfilled, which nowadays has become a consolidated reality and acknowledged by the naturalist world.

Guillem Colom
Juan Bauzá
William Waldren
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