Press release, 17.01.2020
The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Research, looks back on an extremely successful year 2019. The special grant of 660 million euros from the Federal Government and the State of Berlin for the next 10 years made it possible to work on a future plan. Its goal is to create a place for future-oriented research and effective knowledge transfer in order to strengthen the democratic knowledge society and find science-based solutions for the challenges of the future.
In 2019, 737,254 visitors came to the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin - the second highest number in the past 10 years. 16.9 % already had free admission in 2019 through a variety of programmes and activities. "With the free weekend days in 2020, we will be able to get even more Berliners interested in nature," says Director General Johannes Vogel happily, thanking politicians for their repeated support. "The first free weekend day was already a great success. On 2 February, the Humboldt intervention with original minerals and rocks collected by Alexander von Humboldt can be visited for the last time with free admission.”
Raed Saleh, head of the SPD parliamentary group in the Berlin House of Representatives, who initiated the free Sunday admission for the whole family, is also satisfied: "The dinos in the Museum für Naturkunde are one of the great highlights in our city. For me, it is important that every Berliner can marvel at the prehistoric skeletons, no matter how fat the wallet is. With these free admissions, everyone can now visit the dinosaurs. This is a great success for Berlin."