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The Nature of Things is a book that connects nature and culture, looks from different perspectives and knowledge-based on objects that are researched in the collection of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and that are made accessible to all interested parties worldwide. This makes it a contemporary and urgent work for nature and the people who want to conserve it. The bestseller of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin is now available in its updated and expanded new edition in bookshops and in the online museum shop.

Medieval meteorites, frogs in alcohol, gigantic fossils, elaborate animal preparations or DNA samples from bats – these are just some of the 30 million objects from all over the world the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin holds in its collections.

Such natural history specimens are associated with different, sometimes unexpected stories of collection acquisition and finds by chance, of gaining knowledge and scientific errors, of personal experiences and memories. Over 80 authors tell their story about a museum object that fascinates them in particular. The volume thus shows the innovative ways in which museums can open and interpret their collections.

With contributions from natural and cultural scientists, writers, artists, museum professionals and visitors, including Mark Benecke, Yoko Tawada, Hanns Zischler and many more.

The updated and expanded new edition of the book "The Nature of Things. Stories from a Natural History Museum" (304 p.) is published by Dietrich Reimer Verlag. The book is available in a German and English edition as well as an e-book in bookstores and in the online museum store.

Wissensdinge. Geschichten aus dem Naturkundemuseum.
Herausgegeben von Anita Hermannstädter, Ina Heumann und Kerstin Pannhorst.
Dietrich Reimer Verlag, Berlin 2021 (304 S.), 29,90 Euro

The Nature of Things. Stories from a Natural History Museum.
Edited by Anita Hermannstädter, Ina Heumann and Kerstin Pannhorst, translated by Patricia Newman.
Dietrich Reimer Verlag, Berlin 2021 (304 p.), 29,90 Euro

 

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