History

The Civic Museum of Natural History of Genoa was first established on 24 April 1867, when the City Council unanimously approved the proposal of the Marquis Giacomo Doria. Founder and then director of the Museum for over forty years, Giacomo Doria (1840-1913) got familiar with natural sciences through his father Armand David, future explorer of China and Tibet, and Luigi De Negri, expert taxidermist. The 1858 discovery of the first beetle caveman in Italy is one of the many merits of the illustrious Genoese patrician. He was a man of great initiative, inspired by a genuine passion for nature, dedicating his valuable work as a scholar and organiser to the museum, which he also funded with much of his wealth.


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  • Giacomo Doria
  • The founders