The first natural history museum in Agadir opens its doors to Moroccan children and students

The museum has a pedagogical space dedicated to children, students and researchers, to learn about the geological heritage of the region in a simplified manner in various axes.

Years ago, Moussa Masrour, a researcher at the Faculty of Science, Department of Geology at Ibn Zohr University, dreamed of establishing a natural history museum in the city of Agadir. A scientific teacher who preserves the natural heritage and the geological sites of the city and its environs, and works to simplify scientific knowledge in this field for the general public.

Masroor said in an interview with Al Jazeera Net, “The establishment of this museum came in the context of the discovery of the site of dinosaur footprints in the Anza region of Agadir in 2017, which became a global site (because it overlooks the Atlantic Ocean) and its importance was proven thanks to 4 scientific articles I supervised with him.” researcher from Spain.

The teeth of a dinosaur and a crocodile lived in the upper Cretaceous period in the Moroccan region of Kumkum (Al-Jazeera)

The museum, which was officially inaugurated on January 13, is the first of its kind in Agadir, and after 3 days, it welcomes children, students and students in the framework of the “kids open day” with the aim of simplifying science for young people, school guidance for students and youth training, and preserving on the geological heritage. It is a pedagogical space to learn about the geology of the Western High Atlas near the global site of dinosaur monuments in Agadir.

This scientific project was established within the framework of the partnership of a youth grouping from Morocco, Tunisia and France, within the framework of the Youth of the Two Banks Organization for Cultural Exchange, under the supervision of Moroccan Association for Orientation and Scientific Research (AMORS) Which carried out the administrative aspects of obtaining the museum space.

Archeopatrix, which shows the characteristics of a reptile and a bird, and was molded in Germany (Al-Jazeera)

Geological Site Museum

Masrour told Al Jazeera Net, “This museum falls within the framework of museums associated with a discovery site, because it is a few meters away from the site of dinosaur traces in Agadir, and there are several museums in the world in this way that are close to or above a specific discovery site, and this museum is the second of this kind in Morocco in addition to The Tazouda Museum in Ouarzazate, which is linked to the Dinosaur discovery site, as it is located in France and Spain.

The museum includes various relics of dinosaurs and fossils more than 500 million years old, and others 120 million years old. The museum was also provided with a collection of fossils that do not exist in the Kingdom.

Masrour points out that most of the discovery sites in the world have a museum next to them in order to introduce that site, stressing that the presence of the Natural History Museum in Agadir has become an urgent matter, because the Anza site for dinosaur monuments is hidden in the sand in some seasons of the year because it is on the seashore on the Atlantic coast, and thus rises The sand is completely covered by the tidal process.

And he continues: The museum will compensate for visiting dinosaur artifacts these seasons because we have molded several traces of dinosaurs at the Anza site and placed them in the museum, and we will do other molding operations for the remaining monuments.

The bone of the spine of a dinosaur from the Jurassic period from the city of Azilal, Morocco (the island)

Masroor adds: Agadir belongs to the Western High Atlas, which is rich in geological sites, and the museum includes a map that we have completed that provides a definition of these geological sites around which studies and literature have been completed, and the general public does not know anything about them and does not know their value, so we displayed them in the museum for visitors to know.

This museum seeks to show the geological value of the sites surrounding Agadir, and then it can be made into a tourist orbit to diversify the tourist offer of the city, with the horizon of making the Western High Atlas a geological reserve, in addition to the only reserve (Geopark Mkoun) in Morocco.

Various spaces to simplify science

The museum is divided into 3 different spaces. The first is concerned with presenting the geology of Morocco in a short way through fossils, where each geological time has been represented by some fossils, since the Bercombrian time, and because all geological times are represented in Morocco, and therefore the visitor when he comes to the museum he takes a journey through time through Fossils.

A space for children in the museum to learn about the natural and geological heritage (the island)

As for the second space, it was designed to introduce the geological sites of Agadir and its environs, as he gave them definitions in the museum, including: Anza Dinosaur Archaeological Site, Aziyar, Takerkara, Arkanah, so that the public can get to know them closely through rocks and fossils.

With regard to the third space, it is a pedagogical space dedicated to children, students, students and researchers, to learn about the geological heritage of the region in a simplified manner in various axes, including: types of rocks, fossils, how to live, how to obtain them, and the extent of their scientific importance. This space is divided into an advanced level directed to students and researchers, in addition to a special level for children and students in educational schools in order to be saturated with geological thought.

The supervising body of the museum has programmed visits for children, students and students, and began to receive visits by children every Sunday accompanied by their parents, and also scheduled a visit to civic activities in Agadir on Sunday.

A model representing the head of a carnivorous dinosaur at the Natural History Museum in Agadir (Al Jazeera)

And the scientific advisor to the Natural History Museum ends his speech to Al Jazeera Net by saying, “We will revitalize the museum by organizing scientific activities, by establishing partnerships with other museums to exchange fossils and antiquities to organize scientific exhibitions for specific months, in order to ensure public interaction on a specific scientific topic, because this type is the one that The general public interacts with him in comparison to the bitumen exhibition.

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