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Guided tours for school and kindergarten groups

Schüler schauen sich einen Dinosaurierschädel an. | Bildquelle: Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

The museum offers guided tours with various themes for children from age 5 onwards and for teenagers. The tours can be booked during opening hours – some selected tours are also available after hours. Please note the information on booking conditions. Unless otherwise stated, prices do not include admission.
 

Live Digital Tours

Highlights of the exhibition – live digital tour at the Museum für Naturkunde

During an exclusive live tour of the closed museum, our guides will present selected museum objects, such as Giraffatitan, a dinosaur with a height of more than 13 metres, Archaeopteryx, the polar bear Knut and the impressive Wall of Biodiversity. Questions can be asked via chat and will be answered by the guide. Other focuses, e.g. minerals or evolution, are possible after consultation.

  • Video tool: own conference tool or Zoom (you will receive a link after booking)
  • Participants: approx. 20–30 people
  • Cost: €200 for 60 min or €300 for 90 min. This corresponds to the fee for the guide and moderator. For school groups the guided tours are free of charge during the test phase.
  • Dates: by arrangement (please note that with the reopening of the museums there may be postponements)
     

Currently bookable tours in compliance with protection and hygiene rules

Highlights of the Exhibition

Exclusive tour for small groups
This overview tour focuses on the museum’s key attractions: the 13-metre-high Giraffatitan skeleton, the primeval bird Archaeopteryx, Knut the Polar Bear and the amazing biodiversity wall. A further highlight of this guided tour is a visit to the East Wing, showing the museum’s scientific wet collections.

  • Participants: for groups of max. 10 people, children from age 5 and teenagers
  • Cost: flat rate in German €50.00, in English €55.00 (including admission) for 45 min 
  • an online ticket is not necessary, admission is included
  • please note that an FFP2 mask must be worn in the museum and that the distance is kept between people from different households
  • there is no obligation to test, but a test is recommended

After-work Tour

Guided tour after hours
Groups (max. 30 people in three individual groups) can book on this exclusive out-of-hours tour of the museum. The special atmosphere of a natural history museum at night makes this tour a truly extraordinary experience. In addition to guided tours of the museum highlights, you can also book tours of special exhibitions or on specific topics of your choice.

  • Dates: bookable between 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Participants: min. 6 to max. 30 people (Groups will be divided into 10 persons each)
  • Meeting point: Portal III, right side entrance to the Museum 
  • Cost: in German €12.00 / reduced: €9.00, in English €15.00 / reduced: €12.00 (including admission), per person for 60 min
  • an online ticket is not necessary, admission is included
  • please note that an FFP2 mask must be worn in the museum and that the distance is kept between people from different households
  • there is no obligation to test, but a test is recommended

Urban Ecology and Climate Change

Outside the museum
Berlin is the greenest and species-richest capital in Europe. The urban ecology tour will introduce visitors to many such city-dwellers near the Museum and look at their adaptation to urban life. One particular focus of the tour will be the signs of climate change that are already visible and how they affect plants, animals and humans in Berlin.

  • Participants: children from age 8 and teenagers, max. 10 people
  • Cost: in German €8.00 / reduced: €4.00, in English €10.00 / reduced: €6.00 per person for 120 min
  • Meeting point: in front of the museum, the tour also takes place in light rain
  • please note that a medical mask must be worn and that the distance is kept between people from different households
  • there is no obligation to test, but a test is recommended
     

Unfortunately, the following programmes are not possible at the moment:

Highlights of the Exhibition

This overview tour focuses on the museum’s key attractions: the 13-metre-high Giraffatitan skeleton, the primeval bird Archaeopteryx, Knut the Polar Bear and the amazing biodiversity wall. A further highlight of this guided tour is a visit to the East Wing, showing the museum’s scientific wet collections.

  • Participants: children from age 5 and teenagers
  • Cost: for a 45 min tour in German €4.00 / reduced: €2.00, in English €5.00 / reduced: €3.00
  • Cost: for a 90 min tour in German €8.00 / reduced: €4.00, in English €10.00 / reduced: €6.00
  • Flat rate: for groups up to max. 10 people for a 45 min tour in German €40.00, in English €45.00
  • Flat rate: for groups up to max. 10 people for a 90 min tour in German €80.00, in English €90.00

Dinosaurs and Fossils

150 million years ago, there were land-dwelling dinosaurs, ichthyosaurs hunted their prey in the sea and pterosaurs ruled the skies. This guided tour explains what the world of dinosaurs looked like many million years ago and what other animals and plants populated the Earth during that period.

  • Participants: children from age 5 and teenagers
  • Cost: in German €4.00 / reduced: €2.00, in English €5.00 / reduced: €3.00, for 45 min 

Evolution in Action

Looking at examples including the primeval bird Archaeopteryx, lobe-finned fish, lung fish and the primeval horse Eurohippus, evolutionary processes and mechanisms such as selection, adaptation, convergence and homology are explained and discussed. 

  • Participants: teenagers from age 15
  • Cost: in German €4.00 / reduced: €2.00, in English €5.00 / reduced: €3.00, for 45 min

Conservation of species and biodiversity

More plants and animals have become extinct in recent years than ever before since the end of the dinosaur era. This guided tour is focusing on what needs to be done to save endangered species such as giant pandas, tigers, rhinos and polar bears from the Tasmanian Tiger’s fate – a species now extinct since 1936. This includes also a debate on the possible contributions of each individual to the conservation of biodiversity.

  • Participants: children from age 10 and teenagers
  • Cost: in German €4.00 / reduced: €2.00, in English €5.00 / reduced: €3.00, for 45 min

Taxidermy at the Museum

The process of mounting animals can be followed step by step in the exhibition. Providing various examples, the guided tour shows how a taxidermy piece is prepared, details special techniques used while also presenting famous museum animals like Bobby the Gorilla and Knut the Polar Bear.

  • Participants: children from age 6 and teenagers
  • Cost: in German €4.00 / reduced: €2.00, in English €5.00 / reduced: €3.00, for 45 min

System Earth

Today’s diversity of species, but also the mass extinction of entire groups of animals, has been influenced by a number of factors. Populations were separated by the formation of mountain ranges or by continents drifting apart. Meteorite impacts are thought to be responsible for mass extinction events, while volcano eruptions also created new habitats for plants and animals. This guided tour explores the complex biological and geological interdependencies that influence the earth.

  • Participants: teenagers from age 13
  • Cost: only available in German €4.00 / reduced: €2.00, for 45 min

Minerals

The minerals gallery houses more than a thousand different types of minerals, including some precious pieces Alexander von Humboldt collected in Russia, as well as the rock in which Klapproth proved the existence of uranium for the first time. This guided tour explains the use of minerals in our daily lives, what their components are and how they are used in industry, engineering and technology.

  • Participants: children from age 10 and teenagers
  • Cost: only available in German €4.00 / reduced: €2.00, for 45 min
     

Special guided Tours

Urban Ecology and Climate Change

Outside the museum
Berlin is the greenest and species-richest capital in Europe. The urban ecology tour will introduce visitors to many such city-dwellers near the Museum and look at their adaptation to urban life. One particular focus of the tour will be the signs of climate change that are already visible and how they affect plants, animals and humans in Berlin.

  • Participants: children from age 8 and teenagers
  • Cost: in German €8.00 / reduced: €4.00, in English €10.00 / reduced: €6.00, for 120 min
  • Meeting point: in front of the museum, the guided tour also takes place in light rain

After-work Tour

Guided tour after hours
Groups of 10 or more people can book on this exclusive out-of-hours tour of the museum. The special atmosphere of a natural history museum at night makes this tour a truly extraordinary experience. In addition to guided tours of the museum highlights, you can also book tours of special exhibitions or on specific topics of your choice.

  • Dates: bookable between 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Participants: min. 10 to max. 50 people
  • Cost: in German €12.00 / reduced: €9.00, in English €15.00 / reduced: €12.00 (including admission), per person for 60 min
  • Meeting point: Portal III, right side entrance to the Museum
     

Touch Tour Adventures for the Blind and Visually Impaired

We offer a variety of custom-made programmes for school classes and other groups with blind and visually impaired participants.

Touch Tour Adventure "Dinos & Fossils"

During the guided tour, children from age 6 learn how fossils were formed and what they can tell us about earlier forms of life. Ammonites, ichthyosaurs and real dinosaur bones can be explored by touch and the children can make a plaster cast of a fossil to take home. Group bookings only.

  • Participants: children from primary one and teenagers, max. 6 people
  • Cost: only available in German €4.00, accompanying persons free, for 120 min

After Hours Touch Tour Adventure

This touch tour gives participants the opportunity to get to know the Museum’s exhibitions at leisure and explore specimens such as fossils, minerals and mammal skulls by touch. Group bookings only.

  • Participants: teenagers, max. 6 people
  • Cost: only available in German €7.00 (including admission), accompanying persons free, for 120 min