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Our research projects in the Museum of Natural History can benefit in many ways from the support of our visitors. In addition to the possibility of data collection by citizen scientists or the use of data for documentation and evaluation as well as the development of new questions, the manifold perspectives of the visitors and the public in general can be very helpful.
Many ethical questions cannot and should not be answered by scientists alone. A broad discussion is needed first in order to make good decisions. The museum can play the role of a mediator here.
In the collections, the objects are the focus of research, but the information on history and current contexts makes them particularly valuable. The broad participation of the public is also a great opportunity to expand this collection history.
Different perspectives and opinions are important in the definition of concepts, the definition of basic concepts and the evaluation and interpretation of results.
In short, it is exciting for everyone to take up different perspectives on objects and research questions and incorporate them into research and collection work. We would like to expand this area and experiment with new formats and approaches. We look forward to a dialogue with you.

The Experimental Field for Participation and Open Science

Since December 2018 we have created an area within our exhibitions in the Museum of Natural History for the exchange and participation in the science of the museum. The Experimental Field.

We want to enrich our collections and research with the diverse perspectives and opinions of our visitors. The new rooms will enable direct communication between employees and visitors and provide insights into our work as a research museum. They are rooms for exchange and joint research.

Take a look at the rooms and write to us at beteiligen@mfn.berlin if you have any ideas about what you would like to see there or what you would like to discuss and engage in together with other visitors.

Courses on literary writing, artistic photography and drawing - inspired by our collections and research questions. Reading and transcribing together old texts from the museum's archives and directly exchanging with doctoral students from the Museum of Natural History on their research topics as well as workshops and discussions ... Starting in March, you will find more and more groups here who deal with the contents of the museum in different ways. Feel invited to join in!