“The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin is one of the world’s leading museums with outstanding exhibitions and research, particularly regarding dinosaurs. Therefore it seemed to me to be the perfect place for Tristan Otto.”
Niels Nielsen, Owner of Tristan Otto
Niels Nielsen is a successful businessman and collector. Alongside art and manuscripts, his interests include dinosaurs. In November 2014, he was offered a particularly complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. When visiting a preparation workshop in Pennsylvania, he fell in love with the deep black bones. Together with his friend, Jens Peter Jensen, he bought the fossil that was named Tristan Otto after the two owners’ sons.
Right from the beginning, Niels Nielsen was determined to give scientific research and the public access to the skeleton. He chose the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, to which Tristan Otto will be lent free of charge for the coming years.
The Tristan Otto agreement shows a way out of a dilemma much criticized by scientists – the purchase of fossils and artefacts by private individuals. With the purchase, many precious specimens become unavailable to research. Museums, on the other hand, do not have the means to cover the cost for salvaging and preparing such a find. Tristan Otto is an example of a solution to the problem. At the same time, all presentations and information that have been collected about the animal add to its value – in every sense of the word. A situation from which all benefit.