Discovering and describing life and earth – with people, through dialog.
The Museum für Naturkunde is an integrated research museum with strong national and international partnerships and networks. Our research is collections based, our collections are developed through our research and our public engagement is science driven.
Our zoological, botanical, paleontological, geological and mineralogical collections comprising over 30 million items and are recognised as a global scientific infrastructure. Thus, our collections and facilities are used by scientists from all over the world, as well as by our own researchers. The collections are being developed to serve current and future scientific needs. Our extensive collections and archives contain many treasures such as the Berlin Archaeopteryx, and are thus an important part of Germany’s cultural heritage.
Our collections are quintessential and integral part for our extensive research activities into biodiversity, evolutionary biology and geological processes. Museum research focusses on the development of the solar system, the mechanisms of evolution and discovering and understanding the diversity of life. In addition, the museum studies the historical, cultural and artistic significance of our 200 year old collection in close collaboration and interdisciplinary partnerships.
We communicate our science effectively to the wider public, business, policy makers and peers. The Museum has its own highly successful exhibitions programme, educational and citizen science programmes and a strong science policy unit. Together with our public and other stakeholders we aim to learn about our natural and cultural heritage, to effectively communicate scientific knowledge, engage in dialogue and debate, to be a convener and change agent and thereby enabling people to engage actively in science - and ultimately caring for and conserving this heritage and the planet itself.
Research areas: Evolutionary biology; evolutionary morphology, biodiversity in time and space; biodiversity dynamics; biodiversity and climate change; meteorites, impact geology & global disasters; collections development; history of science & natural history collections as cultural heritage; biodiversity informatics; public engagement with science: exhibitions; citizen science; education; science policy advice.
Prof. Dr. Johannes Vogel
Managing Director of the Museum:
Dr. Gesine Steiner