The eight research museums in the Leibniz Association combine research and education in a special way. Apart from permanent and special exhibitions they also conduct a great deal of research into the history of the Earth and biodiversity as well as cultural history and the history of technology. Their unique collections include more than a hundred million objects and provide foundations for science. Every year, the museums reach millions of people with their exhibitions and thus make an important contribution to the dissemination of knowledge.
The Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum is a renowned research institute which focuses on the history of mining. Overground exhibitions and an underground demonstration mine offer insights into the exciting world of mining.
The Deutsches Museum is the largest museum of science and technology in the world. It presents scientific and technical knowledge and developments for everyone to understand and enjoy.
The museum investigates German shipping history in its own context, collects related historical objects and presents its research results to the public.
The museum researches the art and culture of the German-speaking countries in their international cross-linkage and presents research findings as educational experiences in dialogue form
With more than 30 million items and exhibition space of 6,500 m2, the Museum für Naturkunde, which is open to the public, is Germany’s largest natural history museum and one of the five largest in the world.
The Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum is a globally-active research institute for pre- and early history. It exhibits archaeological evidence from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages.
The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung SGN explores the role of biodiversity in the “System Earth.” This integrative “geobiodiversity research” includes the human impact on the earth system – with the aim to preserve nature as our livelihood. Senckenberg places special emphasis on making research and science available to the public. Three Senckenberg natural history museums in Frankfurt, Görlitz and Dresden explain the diversity of life and the history of the earth. Senckenberg research collections encompass more than 38 million units.
The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK) is one of the largest museums researching into natural history in Germany. It has gained its outstanding reputation for its documentation, research and interpretation of biodiversity.