We are building a house for nature
With its over 30 million collection items and its international reputation in research, the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin is one of the world’s most significant research museums in evolutionary and biodiversity research.
However, damage to the building during the Second World War and decades of operating on a shoestring led to a renovation backlog. As a consequence, many parts of the collections had to be housed in cramped spaces or unsuitable parts of the building. Utility systems were outdated, preservation conditions and fire safety inadequate.
The renovation of the museum building was conceived as a long-term project, divided into a sequence of steps to be completed, while research and exhibitions were ongoing.
Renovation measures began with the partial renovation of some exhibition areas in 2004-2007, followed by a first rebuilding phase, the reconstruction of the East Wing that had been destroyed in World War II. Its completion prepared the ground for the second building phase, which will be completed in the summer of 2018.