With For Nature digital, we make the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, with its 30 million object collection, accessible online in order to inspire for nature and let you participate in our research. As part of this, we are experimenting with new formats and expanding our digital offering.
Note: The page is continuously updated and expanded. Also have a look here for our digital offers for families and children.
Explore #mfnberlin digitally
Digital guided tours
In our Guided Tours you can join tours through both exhibition and collection of the museum from home for the first time. The digital tours make knowledge of our research collection accessible online. Accompany our guides on YouTube on a research trip through the exhibition, but also, for example, to the historic bird hall or our mammals collection.
Google Arts & Culture
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.
Parasites – Life Undercover digital
As a touring exhibition, Parasites – Life Undercover has traveled the world in the last years and has been visited by more than 1.5 million people. Our exhibition curators have put together a selection of the most exciting stories and objects for you to let you explore the exhibition digitally: Parasites – Life Undercover digital.
On Mondays at 4 PM we talk digitally about various topics related to parasites, the spread of pathogens, global health and our relationship with nature. How is the spread of parasites and contagious diseases related to climate change? When do pathogens like SARS-CoV-2 actually jump from animals to humans? Are parasites or viruses good for anything at all? All dates can be found in the event programme.
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 collection data around the clock with just a few clicks.
You can support us in opening up the collection! In the Citizen Science project Bees & Bytes, you transcribe the labels of the bees from our collection online – for nature. Knowledge about the bees in our collection is particularly important with regard to research on bee and insect extinction.
Right next to the Dinosaur Hall, we are driving digital collection development in a pilot project, including with the help of the world's first 3D insect scanner. Due to the current protection and hygiene measures, this area of the exhibition is currently not accessible to visitors. 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). An online research portal is already in the works.
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.
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.
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 relative.berlin 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.