Help us rebuild Noah’s Ark!
The large natural history museums all over the world act as depositories for animate and inanimate nature as well as centres of research into nature and evolution. Comprising around 30 million items, the collections of the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin are among the most comprehensive and significant collections of their kind. They are a valuable archive of the diversity of species on Earth and provide an indispensable basis for modern biodiversity research. Scientists discover thousands of new animal species every year, while at the same time, at least as many species go extinct due to the destruction of their habitat before any human ever set eyes on them.
Insects make up the largest group within the animal kingdom and they are also the largest contingent in our collection. Since the Museum für Naturkunde received its first major insect collection in 1818, it now holds over 6 million beetles, 4 million butterflies 5 million bees and wasp and significant numbers of other insects. Over time, our insect cases - many of which are over 150 years old - no longer shut tightly, exposing the precious exhibits to dust or even parasites.
A donation of €35.- enables us to purchase a new insect case and gives you or the named sponsor the opportunity to have your name mentioned in connection with the new case. You also help to preserve our valuable collections for posterity.