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In order to contain the Coronavirus as effectively as possible, we are closing our exhibition until April 20. There are also no events until July 20. With For Nature digital, the museum with its collection of 30 million objects can be experienced online in order to let you get inspired by nature and let you immerse into our research. As part of this, we are also experimenting with new formats and expanding our digital offering.

Note: This page is continuously updated to add further digital offers.


Live from #mfnberlin

An overview of current live events and digital workshops can be found here.


Follow the museum on Instagram

On our Instagram channel we take you behind the scenes of exhibition, collection and research. As part of For Nature digital, we will soon expand the formats on Instagram.

@mfnberlin on Instagram


Explore #mfnberlin digitally

With Google Arts & Culture you can virtually visit parts of the Museum of Natural History. Marvel at the diversity of nature on the digital Biodiversity Wall with around 3,000 prepared animal species or examine the world's largest mounted dinosaur skeleton from a frog's perspective.

Discover Museum für Naturkunde Berlin via Google Street View (as of 2016)


Cutting edge research on YouTube

As a Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Research, we research Earth and life in dialogue with people. As a unique natural and cultural asset, our collection is directly connected to our research. It comprises more than 30 million objects from zoology, paleontology, geology and mineralogy. The collection is of the highest scientific and scientific-historical importance, as it is researched every day – using modern techniques.

On our YouTube channel you learn about research at the Museum für Naturkunde. Also browse through our Science Navigator to learn more about current research projects. In our Science Report (PDF), we also report on the latest research activities at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science.

YouTube playlist #mfnberlin in English


Digital collection

Our goal is to make all 30 million objects of our research collection digitally available over the next ten years. From dinosaur bones to the smallest fly, researchers from all over the world will be able to access the collection objects around the clock with just a few clicks.

In our exhibition, the Live Digitization gives you insights into the digitization of our Insect Collection next to the dinosaur hall. In a pilot project, we are experimenting with the world's first 3D insect scanner. An online research portal is also in the works. First digital objects can be found on the Zoosphere platform and on Sketchfab, where some antelope skulls from the Mammals Collection are available as 3D objects (background: Evolution in the savannah).

Digitale Sammlung Antilopenschädel


Species identification with the Naturblick app

Only a conscious access to nature in cities enables you to appreciate and conserve it. Our free Naturblick app is your digital assistant for exploring urban nature. Identify birds by chirping or plants by image recognition and learn more about the diversity of species in Berlin and other big cities.

Download: Play Store (Android) • Apple Store (iOs) 


Digital exhibition ARTEFACTS

Our former special exhibition ARTEFACTS is still available as a digital exhibition (desktop version, compatible with Windows 7/8.x/10 64bits). How does our everyday life affect the plastic problem in the world's oceans? What does our nutrition mean for the climate? How do we handle nature's resources sustainably? Based on the photographs by J Henry Fairs, ARTEFACTS addressed urgent environmental issues and took a stand against the legitimation of "alternative facts".


Collection meets (creative) industry

A bridge between research and business: In our media application laboratory, the Mediasphere for Nature, knowledge-based products and services were created in cooperation with companies from the media, creative and educational business:

  • The Animal Beatbox lets you create experimental compositions with audio files from our Animal Sound Archive.
  • With Snailsnap you can transform a selfie of yourself into digitized snails from our collection.
  • On the website of the Virtual Reality Experience Inside Tumucumaque from our cooperation partners IMF and Filmtank you can virtually immerse yourself in the nature reserve in northwestern Brazil. We supported the project with natural science expertise.
  • A barn owl from our bird collection was photogrammetrically recorded by the creative studio and digitally brought to life for a music video by the Swiss artist MONOH .


Open access science journals

  • Fossil Record: the palaeontological journal of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.
  • German Entomological Journal: research on systematics, taxonomy, phylogeny, comparative functional morphology and biogeography of insects.
  • Zoosystematics and Evolution: Life Science Journal on the diversity, systematics and evolution of all animal groups, except for insects.


Für Natur journal

Together with the Humboldt University Berlin and other partners, we will develop a Science Campus for Nature and Society in the heart of Berlin over the next ten years. In order to let you participate in the design of the new science campus, we publish the Journal for Nature twice a year in the Tagesspiegel newspaper. The first edition presents the Museum of Natural History with its diverse research, collection and transfer activities.

Read online now (only in German)
Tagesspiegel Magazin für Natur