Seychelles Natural History Museum
The Seychelles Natural History Museum is a natural history museum in the Seychelles. The museum is located in next to the main post office in Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles, on Mahé Island. The displays include sections on botany, zoology, geology and anthropology. There are also some items related to the history of the Seychelles People's Militia, the Seychelles People's Liberation Army and the Seychelles People's Defence Forces.
The Museum hosts exhibitions that not only illustrate the flora, fauna and geological history of Seychelles, but serve to enlighten visitors about major environmental concerns with the aim of promoting positive attitudes and actions in conserving our natural heritage. Seven prominent aspects of Seychelles’ natural heritage are showcased through exhibits and dioramas, and the museum’s documentation/resource center contains a wealth of research material in various formats.
There is also a focus on the major environmental concerns that are faced by Seychelles in the hope of educating locals and tourists alike about the threats and to encourage positive change. This is something that is done without being preachy. Occasionally, there will be additional exhibits upstairs but usually they are connected with school projects.
The highlight of the museum are its staff. They are so friendly, and so passionate about Seychelles, it’s impossible not to be drawn in to what they have to say. As it is only a tiny little museum in Victoria, don’t expect to stay for more than an hour, but it really is worth the visit nonetheless.
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