Natural History Museum Senckenberg
The Natural History Museum in Senckenberg shows itself to be more attractive than ever. For in 2003, the venerable old building dating back to 1907, with its extensive exhibition on the history of the Earth and evolution, was lavishly modernised. The Museum offers one of the most important natural history collections in Europe. A great many of the thousands of exhibits are unique in the world or extremely rare. Almost 400,000 visitors come every year and follow the trail of plants, animals and humans. They stand shuddering at the anaconda that is devouring a wild boar, or reverently in front of the skeleton cast of ‘Lucy’ who lived more than three million years ago in present-day Ethiopia. The biggest attractions include the ‘dinos’. Young and old alike wonder in awe at the skeletons of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, beaked dragon, raptors and co…
A large area shows the universe from the time of the Big Bang until the birth of our planet. Fossils are also exhibited from the Messel pit, a UNESCO world natural heritage site where most scientific efforts are overseen by the Senckenberg Research Institute. Special exhibitions focus on topics related to nature and the environment. Guided tours and lectures introduce the results of research from the fields of biology, palaeontology and geology in the environment of the respective habitats.
The Senckenberg Natural Research Society is the supporting organisation for the museum and the Senckenberg Research Institute for marine and terrestrial zoology, botany, geology, palaeontology and palaeoanthropology. Its central task is: “To describe, understand and preserve the diversity of life”. In the Natural History Museum Senckenberg they have succeeded impressively in vividly conveying the fascination of the history of our planet to both young and old visitors.
To extend the museum, Senckenberg will uses its own resources to build a 7,000 m² extension on the west side of the building, making for total exhibition space of some 14,000 m² to celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2017.