The Gibraltar Museum was established to interpret the cultural and natural history of Gibraltar.
The idea to start a museum in Gibraltar can be traced back to the 1830s, when the Gibraltar Scientific Society raised the matter. Due to the turbulent military history of Gibraltar, the idea of a museum could not have been entertained, although there has been private collectors, such as Reverend John White the Chaplain of Gibraltar, who collected zoological specimens, as early as the 1770s.
The Gibraltar Scientific Society had been so enthusiastic about setting up a museum in Gibraltar, that they even changed the name of their society to the Museum Society. At that time, the museum did not operate within a proper premise. Rented places were used to house the collection, and the museum survived through the passionate efforts of some members of the society. However, by the 1850s, interest was beginning to dwindle and soon, the museum was absorbed into the Garrison's Library, resulting in the collection going into the care of soldiers in their homes. For the next 35 years Gibraltar was without a museum.
The Gibraltar Museum that we know today was founded in 1930, thanks to the Governor of Gibraltar at that time, General Sir Alexander Godley. The building where the museum is housed holds the distinction of having the longest known historical sequence of any building in Gibraltar (which you can read about in the museum's website).
Today the Gibraltar Museum is active in the field of conservation, education, exploration and other activities related to the history and heritage of Gibraltar.
18/20 Bomb House Lane,
P.O. Box 939,
phone: + 350 74289
fax: + 350 79158
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