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Museum für Naturkunde Berlin opens exhibitions with eleven-language accessible digital guide

Digital Guide

Press release, 09.03.2021

The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin is pleased to reopen its exhibition to visitors from Friday, 12.03.2021. In a tour, the dinosaur hall, wet collection, biodiversity wall, the special exhibition "Parasites - Life Undercover" and other highlights can be experienced. As part of its plan for the future, the museum is testing communication offerings and technologies: the new digital guide for visitors' own smartphones is free of charge, hygiene-compliant and available in 11 languages. This is supplemented by a bilingual children's audio guide. As of now, there is also a highlight tour with videos in German sign language.

Surveys of visitors have shown: almost 80% agree with the museum's hygiene concept in pandemic times, feel safe and are satisfied with services such as online ticketing.

Now a new highlight for visiting the exhibition has been added: the Digital Guide for the smartphone to complement the visit to the exhibition. The offer is web-based, so no app needs to be installed. Only your own smartphone and headphones are required. More than five hours of audio offer await the visitors in the museum, hygienically compliant, free of charge and in 11 languages (German, English, French, Polish, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Japanese, Russian, Ukrainian). In addition, there is an audio guide for children aged 6 and over in German and English, as well as an English language version of the special exhibition "Parasites - Life Undercover".

But that's not all - we're breaking down barriers by creating new free offerings: As of now, there is a highlight tour for the deaf with videos in German sign language. The museum's new Digital Guide offers a 70-minute tour of the exhibitions for this purpose.

"As part of our plan for the future, we are testing new communication offerings and technologies that enable new access - the Digital Guide is part of this, which we developed with our long-term partner Fa. shoutr labs UG," says media engineer Valentin Henning of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin. 

Even those who don't buy an online ticket can stay in touch with the museum. With #fürNatur digital, the museum and its collection of 30 million objects can be experienced online to inspire enthusiasm for nature and allow all interested parties to participate in research activities. All offers are summarized here - from the smartphone app Naturblick, to the YouTube series #Wissenswert, to the podcasts "Beats & Bones" and "Süßes oder Saurier". Events and educational programs can still only take place digitally for the time being. For the latest information, please click here.

Additional information about visiting the exhibition

To protect our staff and visitors, we have developed a protection and hygiene concept. The exhibition may only be visited by a maximum of five people from two households, not counting children under the age of 14. It is obligatory to wear a medical mouth-nose covering, which has to be brought by oneself. The distance rule of 2 meters between the visiting persons applies. The number of visitors will therefore be limited. In order to implement this concept, ticket sales will take place exclusively online in two timeslots. Visiting the exhibition is only possible with a valid online ticket in combination with a survey registration to enable contact tracking. Due to applicable spacing rules and contact restrictions, the museum cannot be visited in groups at this time. For the latest information on the exhibition opening and to book tickets online, please visit our website.

Important note for journalists, film teams and photographers: Access to the exhibition is only possible after consultation and timely registration at the press office and will be regulated in order to comply with security regulations. Spontaneous visits are not possible.