Museum für Naturkunde – Museum of Natural History, Berlin

Invalidenstraße 43 , Berlin
Berlin, Germany
Email: info(at)
Phone: +49 (0)30 2093-8591
closed on: Mondays
Museum Type: Natural history
Museum fur Naturkunde, Berlin

The Museum für Naturkunde (Museum of Natural History) in Berlin is a museum, located in the Mitte borough of the German capital; it is one of the largest science museums in Germany.

Above, the main facade of the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin in September 2020; photo Monique Wüstenhagen / republica GmbH (CC BY-SA 2.0).

The museum, founded in 1810, by merging the Anatomical, Mineralogical and Zoological museums, is housed since 1889 in a large Renaissance-revival building designed by German architect August Tiede.
Badly damaged during the war, the East Wing of the museum was rebuilt in 2006.
A major renovation project, with improved visitor services and exhibition galleries, developed by Swiss architects Diener & Diener, was completed in 2018.

The Museum für Naturkunde houses three distinct collections, amounting to over 30 million items overall: the zoology, the paleontology, and the mineralogy collections; along with an interesting archive of animal sound recordings.

The permanent exhibition of the Museum für Naturkunde is divided into eight galleries, dedicated to Dinosaurs, Minerals, Evolution of life, Domestic animals, Earth geology, Taxidermy, Cosmos and Solar System, and Insects.
The museum includes an educational center, the “Humboldt Exploratorium”, and the famous “Wet Collection”, containing about one million zoological specimens, conserved in ethanol.

The Museum für Naturkunde organizes special exhibitions, guided tours, educational programs, and special events, and includes a specialized library and a shop.
The museum is largely, though not completely, accessible to people with disabilities.

Photos: 1 by Christian Rasmussen (CC BY-NC 2.0); 2 and 3 by Bryan Jones (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

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