CNH Tours - Cultural and Natural Heritage Tours Galapagos
Thursday June 9, 2016
After a lengthy makeover - the Darwin Station Exhibition Hall re-opens
The Charles Darwin Foundation announced today that its exhibition hall / interpretation centre has re-opened. It had been closed for many months, disappointing many visitors keen on knowing more about one of the most iconic research stations of the world.
We worked at the Station for 4 years a while back - it is populated by (mostly) young staff, many Ecuadorian scientists and budding scientists, with a handful of international colleagues as well. It has always been a bit of a challenge to keep the Station running - as overhead costs for such a place, located on a remote rocky, tropical archipelago can be very high. But so far, the succession of station managers, with the support of their evolving boards, have managed. The Station does not come across as a glimmering / shiny modern establishment - but rather a robust and functional institution. Its rag tag collection of buildings, built over the years, illustrate a change in accessibility of building materials, or in the fortunes of the Darwin Foundation (which operates the station) at a particular time.
Here is the text of the announcement:
CDF is very excited to officially open the doors of the brand new 'Charles Darwin' Exhibition Hall at our Research Station in Puerto Ayora. The inauguration took part of the recently renovated space, which makes it possible for us to tell the story behind our conservation projects of the unique ecosystems in the Galapagos Islands, as well as making the visitors experience to our grounds unforgettable.
Opening hours: 8:00am to 12:30pm and 2:30pm to 5:30pm (Monday to Sunday)
We have a great exhibit and a sample of the collections we take care off at the Research Station. You can visit the new look out, rest in the shade in the new exterior terrace, visit the statue of Darwin, learn about our projects and enjoy the peace of our grounds were our staff is always busy at work.