Located in Berlin, Germany, the Museum für Naturkunde contains over 30 million collection items and a public museum. With 6600 square meters of exhibition, the Museum is the largest German natural history museum and one of the five largest in the world.
The heart of the Dinosaur Hall exhibition is the world’s biggest dinosaur skeleton, a Brachiosaurus brancai that stands 13.27 metres high. Look through the Jurascopes to see the dinosaurs virtually come to life before your eyes. For the first time ever, visitors can also see the famous original Berlin example of the prehistoric bird archaeopteryx lithographica.
The “Berlin Specimen” of Archaeopteryx lithographica, is displayed in the central exhibit hall. The T-rex dinosaur-like body with an attached tooth-filled head, wings, claws, long lizard-like tail, and the clear impression of feathers in the surrounding stone is strong evidence of the link betweenreptiles and birds. The Archaeopteryx is a transitional fossil; and the time of its discovery was apt: coming on the heels of Darwin’s 1859 magnum opus, The Origin of Species, made it quite possibly the most famous fossil in the world.
The Museum für Naturkunde is famous for the world’s biggest dinosaur skeleton and the exquisitely preserved specimen of the earliest known bird, Archaeopteryx.
The museum’s collection comprises roughly 250,000 specimens of minerals, of which roughly 4,500 are on exhibit in the Hall of Minerals. The exhibition Evolution in action shows selected evolutionary mechanisms that help explain the appearance, behaviour and diversity of animals and plants.
Other sections of the permanent exhibition cover the origins of the solar system, minerals, fossils, preservation and preparation techniques, and much more besides.
For more information about the museum and its mineral exhibits, visit the museum’s website at https://www.naturkundemuseum.berlin/.