On 22 October 2019, the Berlin Senate approved the conclusion of an administrative agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany and the State of Berlin on the implementation of an extension and renovation of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Leibniz Institute for Evolutionary and Biodiversity Research. The agreement was presented by the Governing Mayor of Berlin and Senator for Science and Research, Michael Müller. The agreement regulates the framework conditions for special financing totalling € 660 million, 50 percent of which will be provided by the Federal Government and 50 percent by the State of Berlin. The release of the state funds specified therein will be carried out by the main committee of the Berlin House of Representatives.
With the help of the special funding, the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, one of the eight research museums of the Leibniz Association, will develop into an even more attractive place of communication for science, business, politics and society. Together with Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, an international science campus for nature and society will be created that will have a lasting impact on Berlin as a location for innovation. The comprehensive digitisation and indexing of the collection will be made possible.
The General Directorate and the staff of the Research Museum would like to thank the museum for the trust placed in them and are working together with external partners on a master plan to implement the Future Plan in order to fully exploit the potential for scientific research and knowledge transfer in the future. More information