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The Museum für Naturkunde is currently supported by three associations involved in education, outreach, exhbition, publications and collections. We are grateful for the cooperation and support so far and are looking forward to numerous further projects. Information on membership can be found on the relevant websites.

Freunde und Förderer des Museums für Naturkunde

The „Freunde und Förderer des Museums für Naturkunde“ association supports the Museum für Naturkunde, mainly in its education and outreach work. The most relevant projects supported by the association include

  • Funding towards projects involving children and educational material developed by the Museum
  • Developing a concept for a corporate film
  • Involvement in the scientific evaluation of the historic butterfly case
  • Contribution to the "World Wide Views on Biodiversity" project
  • Funding for continuous professional training events for teachers
  • The Allosaurus relief at the themed U-Bahn station Naturkundemuseum

All information on the Verein Freunde und Förderer des Museums für Naturkunde e.V. and on membership can be found on this website.

Fördererkreis der naturwissenschaftlichen Museen Berlins e. V.

The FNMB supports all biological and geoscience collections in Berlin. Its activities include:

  • Preparing and organising special exhibitions
  • Modernising existing permanent exhibitions
  • Publishing information material
  • Receiving and making arrangements for donations, bequests etc.

Due to the commitment of the association, funding was available for several substantial projects, including   

  • The multilingual audioguide system for exhibitions
  • The Humboldt-Exploratorium, which received many accolades
  • The purchase of attractive showpieces for exhibitions

A major funding project was the publication of the book Evolution in Action in 2007, containing articles highlighting research at the Museum für Naturkunde.

Information on the association and membership can be found on the website.

Gesellschaft Naturforschender Freunde zu Berlin

Promoting natural history has been and still is the major raison d’etre of the Gesellschaft Naturforschender Freunde zu Berlin, (Society of of Naturalist Friends in Berlin), of which Alexander v. Humboldt was once a member. The Society established collections and provided funding for expeditions such as the Tendaguru/Tansania excavations. An annual lecture on scientific topics for the wider public takes place at the feet of the dinosaurs excavated there. The lecture series was initiated by the Museum and the Society.

Information on the Society and membership can be found on the Society’s website.