More visitors than ever before: The Long Night of Museums 2024 in Hamburg

© LIB, F. Steinkröger


On Saturday, April 27, the Long Night of Museums 2024 took place in Hamburg. The Museum of Nature Hamburg participated with all three permanent exhibitions and set a new record: In total, we counted more than 5,800 visitors in the Zoological, Mineralogical, and Geological-Paleontological exhibitions between 6 pm and 1 am. There was an exciting and varied program with many interactive activities, information booths, guided tours, and lectures to discover. We would like to thank all the helpers and our fantastic audience.

Our largest exhibition, the Zoology, attracted over 3,000 visitors during the Long Night of Museums 2024. © LIB, F. Steinkröger
Here, visitors could explore numerous information and hands-on booths, like the FörTax stand featuring our colleagues from the Museum Koenig Bonn. © LIB, F. Steinkröger
Friends of the museum, such as the Loki Schmidt Foundation or the NABU, were also present and available for questions or discussions, as seen here. © LIB, F. Steinkröger
Talks by LIB researchers such as our ornithologist Dr. Nick Friedman captivated the visitors. © LIB, F. Steinkröger
Some also took the opportunity, as seen here with butterfly expert Dr. Karina Brandao, to explore the collections that are not usually accessible to the public. © LIB, F. Steinkröger
Not only inside, but also outside the Mineralogy exhibition, visitors enjoyed a great program. © LIB, F. Steinkröger
For example, at the sand-washing station set up in a small pool outside the exhibition, visitors could search for treasures late into the night. © LIB, F. Steinkröger
Also in mineralogy, there was plenty to discover as usual: over 1,500 visitors took the opportunity to explore our permanent exhibition. © LIB, F. Steinkröger
A highlight was the “Elmshorn Meteorite,” which was presented to the Hamburg audience for the first time on this occasion. © LIB, F. Steinkröger
Einige nutzen sogar die Chance, eigene Funde mitzubringen und von unseren Expertinnen und Experten begutachten zu lassen. © LIB, F. Steinkröger
Some even took the opportunity to bring their own finds and have them examined by our experts. © LIB, F. Steinkröger
Around 1,100 visitors came to the Geology-Paleontology department to delve into our Earth’s history. © LIB, F. Steinkröger
There were also many opportunities to participate here: For example, fossils could be excavated. © LIB, F. Steinkröger
Especially remarkable finds could then be examined under the microscope with expert guidance. © LIB, F. Steinkröger


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