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Infrastructure for research

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As an integrated research Museum, the Museum has a considerable number of cutting-edge laboratories as well as comprehensive libraries and archives for use by its own scientists and guest scientists. Its very special mix of modern hands-on research, a history of research going back several centuries and direct communication with the public at large make the Museum für Naturkunde a unique place for interdisciplinary research.

Its research infrastructure gives access to largely historical collection material and makes work places and devices for methodical analysis available, as well as providing digital scientific data.  

Access to collections, archives and libraries

If you are genuinely interested in doing research at the Museum, please contact the responsible curator or collection manager of the collection concerned. Access to the collection, whether for visual inspection or even borrowing the specimen, can only be given after extensive explanation of the planned research project. This is a safeguard to protect our collection material. Statements will be thoroughly vetted before any information is given or appointments with the responsible members of staff can be made. Please find an overview of our collections and contacts here.

The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin has numerous documents directly linked to the faunistic and floristic collections. Letters, administration documents, itemised lists, expedition reports and journals are complemented by bequests, teaching material, maps, drawings, photos and a comprehensive collection of historical portraits. This material is managed by the Historical Archive and gives unique insights into the research history. More information about the "Historisches Arbeitsstelle" can be found here.

The library at the Museum für Naturkunde offers access to printed and digital information in the fields of zoology, palaeontology, mineralogy geology, natural history and the history of science. It is a reference library, primarily used by staff at the Museum, but also available to interested specialists. External visitors are asked to agree a date in advance, either by email or phone. More information can be found here.

Access to laboratories

Scientists have access to a range of equipment and labs to study a whole host of collection items at the Museum. Having a large variety of collection items as well as analytical equipment close at hand, the Museum lends itself to interdisciplinary research, which adds to its uniqueness as a research institution.   

The labs are available for museum staff, students, doctoral students, postdocs and external guest scientists so that they can carry out their research projects. Please address any queries to the relevant contact. A list of equipment and laboratories plus relevant contact data can be found here

Access to digital scientific data

The content of the zoological, palaeontological and mineralogical collections at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin have been entered into databases available for internal administration of the scientific  collection, and research. The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin is currently in the process of adapting all database contents to one unified database system format that will be available online.   

Please address any more specific queries on scientific data to the responsible curators of the collection in question. Some datasets are already available on various platforms. Please find a list of services regarding scientific databases here

Scientific Journals

The Museum für Naturkunde publishes three scientific journals: "Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift", "Zoosystematics and Evolution" and "Fossil Record". In accordance with the Museum´s scientific objectives we are committed to serve the scientific community in the Museum für Naturkunde and outside by providing a three-fold forum for high quality research pertaining to the discovery of biodiversity, to understanding evolutionary processes as well as the development of our planet. For more information take a look here.