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.