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Address: Galapagos Islands | Charles Darwin Avenue, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
Phone Number:
+593 5-252-6146
08:00 - 12:30
14:30 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 12:30
14:30 - 17:30

Headed by a team of more than two hundred scientists, educators, research...

Headed by a team of more than two hundred scientists, educators, research volunteers and support staff, this world-wide foundation is dedicated to preserving the Galapagos ecosystems.

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Fascinating exhibits and wildlife

This really a zoo to help restore several Galapagos animals back into nature with most outdoor areas under current renovation. Inside exhibits are very interesting. Worth the walk... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Concord, Massachusetts

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This cool sanctuary is worth a visit. It has interesting exhibits in a modern setting. It is good to see the native plants labelled and the Galapagos Tortoise breeding programme

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Concord, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This really a zoo to help restore several Galapagos animals back into nature with most outdoor areas under current renovation. Inside exhibits are very interesting. Worth the walk from the waterfront.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent an easy hour and a half here, walking around leisurely, checking out the tortoises and iguanas, getting our photo taken with Mr. Darwin's statue. We chose to spend our time outside, therefore got to the museum with only ten minutes left until it closed - got an impression and would have liked to spend more time. Well worth... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

must see this incredible informative center. Learnt lots and got to see many many tortoises. was a nice walk through town to get here and a nice walk around there was construction going on while we were there so not everything was open to view

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Northville, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Darwin Research Station was part of our tour and was a good stop along our longer tour. Our naturalist provided very good history and context for what is being accomplished here. We then had time to walk around at our leisure which was nice. There is a variety of rescued giant tortoises here, and other animals as well including... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My expectations were high and the place did not meet them. It is more of an education place than tourist facility. If you have time come to visit.

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Salida, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So you walk around to see Giant Tortoises and land iguanas, much like a zoo on a very hot day. But of course the story here is preserving the animals with their breeding program. The facility has a nice, small museum and a refreshment stand (necessary). Clean and in good condition. A reasonable walk back to town but it would... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is cool, but very small and there are not many animals to see. If you are crunched for time, skip this and choose an excursion or tour instead.

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Carshalton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The island that we were staying on is home to the Charles Darwin Research Station, which I really wanted to go to – Charles Darwin went to my Cambridge college and there’s a big statue of him in part of the gardens, and it’s pretty cool to think I was sort of following in his footsteps. There isn’t actually much... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was happy to learn about the conservation efforts of hard-working scientists in the Galapagos. I found the research station a little bit lacking for a tourist destination, but appreciate that it is an active science center more than it is a museum or attraction for travelers. Would like to know why the turtles had no water? Apparently they can... More 

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