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Over 600,000 people have already visited the special ARTEFACTS exhibition at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin – a huge success. The exhibition is particularly popular among young adults between the age of 20 and 29, who now more than ever want to know and discuss the environment and climate. This was the result of a visitor survey carried out for the exhibition. Due to the great success ARTEFAKTE is extended. Urgent challenges such as climate change and species extinction must be discussed. The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin is the right place for this in the middle of Berlin. Until 20 October 2019, we invite everyone to discuss the world of tomorrow.

"Scientists support the pupils, as the responsibility must not lie solely on the shoulders of the Fridays ForFuture generation. We learn a lot from and in these dialogues and open ourselves to this debate together with many scientific partners. The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin is a suitable forum for broadly discussing questions of climate, nature and environmental protection for a sustainable future," Director General Johannes Vogel explains the extension of the special exhibition ARTEFACTS.

How will we deal with our planet today and tomorrow?

This key question also drives visitors of the exhibition, as a visitor survey of the museum itself revealed: The relevance and topicality of ARTEFACTS attract visitors to the special exhibition. In particular, the combination of theme with unusual photographs of coal mining, fracking or waste reservoirs filled with pig excrements function like a magnet. The majority of visitors take the opportunity to rethink their own use of resources in everyday life and respondents strongly recommend ARTEFACTS to others.

ARTEFACTS is acooperation between the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission and the American photographer J Henry Fair. In times of "alternative facts" and "fake news", ARTEFACTS openly and reflectively discusses issues of environmental relevance with politics, science and society. ARTEFACTS bridges ART and FACT.

Highlight in August

Scientists from the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission and J Henry Fair will talk about their work in the exhibition at the Long Night of the Museums on 31 August. Visitors can expect a virtual reality station, interesting facts about the water cycle, demonstrations on environmentally friendly energy use and a knowledge quiz. Further information can be found here.

Photographs for use in press coverage of the special exhibition ARTEFACTS are available free of charge here:

http://download.naturkundemuseum-berlin.de/presse/ARTEFAKTE

Digital exhibition: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/artefacts/digital-exhibition

Link zur digitalen Ausstellung: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/artefacts/digital-exhibition