The Central Hall exhibits a 17-meter skeleton of a blue whale. The oldest mummies are found in the museum, were children and women. Juan I. Molina collected 11 species of molluscs in 1782. French zoologists published studies of the molluscs in the 1800s in Chile. Rodulfo A. Philippi was hired by the Chilean government as a naturalist. Philippi's son Federico Philippi served as director of the museum. Marine fossils were quarried on the north-central coast of Chile from marine sandstone deposits.
The department of botany includes a herbarium of 3700 species. The zoology department contains fourteen holotype s, freshwater fish and mainly Chilean marine. The anthropological department emphasizes the archeology of Central Chile through cultural artifacts and the Inca Empire. Les scientifiques ont distingué différentes autorités espèrent créer. Last step finished studies in Brussels at the Free University, arrived in 1939 in Valparaíso. The end of WWII sent the doctoral diploma of the Vienna University refused the job-offer.
|Year||Chilean National Museum of Natural History|
|1782||Juan I. Molina collected 11 species of molluscs in 1782.|
|1875||The current building was constuctred as a palace in 1875.|
|1908||The National Museum Bulletin was published first in 1908.|
|1939||Last step arrived in 1939 in Valparaíso.|
|1964||Grete Mostny became director in 1964.|
|1982||Grete Mostny led the museum until 1982.|
|1990s||Marine fossils were quarried on the north-central coast of Chile from marine sandstone deposits.|