Museo del Calamar Gigante is a natural history museum located in Luarca, Asturias, Spain.
The original museum, opened in 2010, was administered by the marine conservation group CEPESMA and held the association’s cephalopod collections together with other marine exhibits. It was described as the only museum in the world dedicated to the giant squid (Architeuthis dux) and held one of the world’s most important collections of large cephalopods.
The museum building, which had 908.75 square meters of floor space and a 66.25-square-meter patio, was built and financed by the Principality of Asturias.
The collections were spread across three floors and included eleven giant squid (Architeuthis dux) specimens and three of Taningia danae, the Dana octopus squid, including a giant female weighing 124 kg. The specimens were preserved in an alcohol-based solution that CEPESMA had determined to be particularly conducive to long-term display with minimal deterioration.
In 2022, the museum was relocated to a new location in the former Villablanca discotheque. The inauguration was attended by Asturias’s Minister of Culture, Language Policy and Tourism, Berta Piñán; the president of the General Junta of the Principality of Asturias, Marcelino Marcos Líndez [es]; the Mayor of Valdés, Óscar Pérez; CEPESMA president and original museum founder, Luis Laria; and members of the University of Oviedo.
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