OUR MUSEUMs in Bonn and Hamburg
In our museums in Bonn and Hamburg, visitors can explore the origin of life and how it has changed on our planet. They immerse themselves in the beauty and diversity of the animal kingdom and the history of the earth and at the same time become aware of the fragility of the ecosystems under the influence of us humans. The exhibitions in the museums take up the scientific findings and questions of the future which the researchers at the Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change (LIB) deal with.
In Hamburg, three museums – the Zoological, Geological-Paleontological and Mineralogical Museums – house the Hamburg collections and exhibitions which were previously amalgamated under the name Centre of Natural History (CeNak). An innovative, new natural history museum (“Evolutioneum“) is being planned for the Hamburg site. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the 2020s at a central location in Hamburg. Until then, the three current museums will remain open to visitors. Step by step, we take our visitors along with us on this path and present small excerpts from the vision of the Evolutioneum in the exhibition.
Founded by Alexander Koenig in Bonn in 1934, Museum Koenig has dedicated itself to zoological research and education from its very beginnings. With the laying of the foundation stone in 1912 and the opening on 13 May 1934, Koenig’s lifelong dream of a major natural history museum in Bonn came true. Today, under the motto “Our Blue Planet – The Living Network”, the Museum Koenig draws attention to the need for species conservation. The topics of evolution, biodiversity and taxonomy take on special significance in the context of nature conservation – and vice versa.
Our joint special exhibitions
Exhibition “The Whole of Nature”: Science Meets Art
From the medieval “Wimmelbild” to the depiction of digitally simulated natural phenomena: The special exhibition at the Museum der Natur Hamburg shows historical and current examples of how nature can be meaningfully ordered and depicted as a whole.
“Future Food Insects – Nachhaltigkeit schmeckt” is online
The digital exhibition aims to overcome prejudices and make insects appetising as food.
Change of Perspective: Interview on the exhibition “All of Nature”
Can nature be captured as a whole? How does evolution fit on a sheet of paper? The Hamburg special exhibition “The Whole of Nature” explores these questions.
Museum Koenig Bonn
Learning about the threat to and fragility of biodiversity under the motto “Our Blue Planet – The Living Network”
Since 1994, the Museum Koenig Bonn has pursued the exhibition concept of “Our Blue Planet – The Living Network”. Understanding our “life in the global network” makes us aware of the need to protect, preserve and research biodiversity on our planet and to recognise how dependent humans are. In the exhibitions, visitors learn why they themselves are part of nature and gain insights into the most important ecosystems on Earth.
The exhibitions “Savanna – Changeful Paradise”, “Central Europe – Discover Homeland”, “Desert – World of Extremes” and “Rainforest” are designed in such a way that visitors can get up close to the exhibits. They should see themselves as part of nature: a species key allows the unlabelled exhibits in the “Savanna” exhibition area to be identified and the visitors to recognise themselves as Homo sapiens.
“Rainforest – the Understorey” presents ground-level zones of an African lowland rainforest in a lifelike diorama. Typical representatives of the animal and plant kingdoms are presented, and biological characteristics explained. Visitors are guided through a refrigerated tunnel from the tropical rainforest into the polar regions of the sub-exhibition “Arctic / Antarctic – Survival in ice”.
The “Freshwater – Life in Flow” exhibition sets a counterpoint with living animals. Large aquariums with a wide variety of water-course habitats form the centrepiece of the exhibition.
Large and small special exhibitions complement the themes and are often realised together with scientific cooperation partners. A series of varied exhibition highlights deals with the questions of what our world used to look like, what it looks like now and how it could be shaped in the future.
The dioramas – large display cases – enjoy world renown.
Museum Koenig Bonn
Tel.: +49 228 9122-102
Tel.: +49 228 9122-0 (general office)
Fax.: +49 228 9122-212
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 10 am till 6 pm
Wednesday: 10 pm till 9 pm
Day ticket: € 6.00 regular / € 3.00 reduced
Museum of Nature Hamburg
Discover the diversity of natural history at three locations
The exhibitions in Hamburg are divided over three buildings: the museums for zoology, geology-palaeontology and mineralogy. In the future, they will merge into a planned, modern museum of nature, the Evolutioneum. With this plan, the City of Hamburg and the LIB are pursuing the goal of presenting the existing collections in a new research and exhibition centre, addressing current issues and questions. The Evolutioneum is intended to set new standards in the field of exhibition experience and mediation and to provide a broad public platform for the pressing questions of the Anthropocene.
The Centre of Natural History emerged from the Natural History Museum Hamburg founded in 1843 by local citizens. After the magnificent building was destroyed in World War II, the partially rescued collections came into the possession of the University of Hamburg in 1969. Here they are the subject of research in the Hamburg Museums and a small selection presented to the public. An innovative, new natural history museum, an “Evolutioneum“, is to build on this great tradition and tell a wide audience of the development and change of life on our planet in a multifaceted and exciting way.
The Zoology presents the diversity of our animal kingdom. From the giant whale skeleton to the tiny insect, visitors discover the fauna in all its sizes, shapes and colours. They get to know the biodiversity of our planet Earth and learn how great and far-reaching our influence as humans is on the ecosystem.
Rocks, crystals and cosmic visitors: the Mineralogy presents the broad spectrum of minerals. We display a selection from the University of Hamburg’s 1,500 exhibits – from gold and silver to diamonds and moon rocks. A massive iron meteorite weighing 424 kilograms and one of the largest antimonite crystal groups in the world are among the biggest attractions of the permanent exhibition.
In the Geology-Paleontology, the story of the Earth is retold: visitors can learn about the geological processes of the Earth and its climate changes, as well as its evolution and the development of biodiversity. Among the most popular exhibits, which come from the extensive collections of the University of Hamburg, are dinosaur fossils, amber insects and primeval ancestors of the horse.
Museum der Natur Hamburg – Zoologie
Tel.: +49 40 238317-555
Tuesday till Sunday
10 am till 5 pm
Mondays and on holidays closed
News regarding our Museums
Study proves collision of fin whale with ship
Finnis’ imposing skull with its powerful shoulder section cannot be overlooked in the foyer of the Museum der Natur Hamburg.
„Museum Monsters” – new online game of the Leibniz Research Museums
In the free computer game, monsters can be created from museum objects.
New home for natural history in Hamburg
THE NEW MUSEUM will be built on Baufeld 51 in HafenCity. Important heads of the project, including Katharina Fegebank, have their say in the authority’s new press release.