The Museum of Natural History Berlin is one of the most important museums in Berlin Mitte. It is located in Invalidenstraße – just 10 minutes’ walk from Berlin Central Station. The real name is “Museum für Naturkunde” or “Naturkundemuseum”, some Berliners also call it “Humboldt Museum”.
Museum of Natural History Berlin
What can you see at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin?
The Berlin Museum of Natural History houses the unimaginable sum of 30 million collection objects. But by no means all of them are open to the public. Over the past few years, more rooms have gradually been opened to the public. In 2010, for example, it was a large room with fish marinated in alcohol. Around 90% of all bird species on earth are to be found in the Museum of Natural History in Berlin in a stuffed form.
Dinosaurs: For most visitors, the highlight of their visit to the Museum of Natural History is the largest dinosaur skeleton in the world – a dinosaur of the species Brachiosaurus. The skeleton is an incredible 13 metres high.
In addition, there are six large dinosaur skeletons in the same room – Dicraeosaurus, Dysalotosaurus, Kentrosaurus, Diplodocus, Allosaurus and Elaphrosaurus.
The life-size Archaeopteryx (an extinct animal) is also an absolute highlight of the Natural History Museum Berlin. The Archaeopteryx was the first bird in the world. All other birds are descended from it. The Archaeopteryx has not yet been able to fly.
Wet collection: Many visitors to the Natural History Museum stow over the gigantic collection of animals and plants preserved in alcohol. Altogether there are over 270,000 glasses, the shelves are together over 12 kilometers long. Large parts of the wet collection have been open to the public for several years.
Further exhibitions and collections: The mineral collection is very interesting – thousands of different minerals are clearly displayed. Also absolutely worth seeing, especially with children, are the large stuffed hoofed animals and the department of native animals. Almost all of the 300 bird species in Germany are stuffed or similar. Very interesting are also the oversized insect models. In the area “System Earth” you can see a 3 meter large globe as well as exhibits about volcano and climate. We also found the section “Cosmos and Solar System” exciting (among others meteorites). There is much more to see in the Berlin Natural History Museum.
In any case, take a few hours to visit the museum. The museum is currently undergoing extensive expansion, further construction phases are already planned.
In addition, there are temporary special exhibitions in the Berlin Natural History Museum, one of my visits was an exhibition about neozoans (new animal species) in Germany. At the moment there are about 200 scientists doing research in the Natural History Museum.
Conclusion: In our opinion it is one of the best museums in Berlin. The entrance fee is not too high. In any case the visit is worth it.
Directions to the Natural History Museum Berlin
Address: Invalidenstraße 43, 10115 Berlin (centrally located near Berlin Central Station)
Parking is difficult in the area, at least there are no free parking spaces, very central location.
Arrival by public transport: Either Berlin Hauptbahnhof (long-distance trains, S-Bahn etc.) or (much closer) U-Bahn line 6 stop “Naturkundemuseum”. The tram lines M5, M8 and M10 also stop very close to the museum.
Opening hours Naturkundemuseum Berlin
Monday is closed. Tuesday to Friday the Museum of Natural History is open from 9:30 to 18 o’clock. On Saturday, Sunday and public holidays the opening hours are half an hour shorter: from 10 am to 6 pm (as of January 2020). Closed on Christmas Eve, 1st Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.
There are very often special exhibitions in the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, in 2017 for example on the subject of macaws (colorful parrot birds).
Entrance fees Natural History Museum Berlin 2020
Adults pay 8 euros for admission to the museum. There is also an admission ticket with discount for 5 euros (children, students, unemployed, pensioners, etc.).
Buy tickets: On this link you can find online tickets for the Museum of Natural History. Internet tickets can be cancelled free of charge up to 24 hours before the chosen date.
For people who visit the Natural History Museum of Berlin more often, there is also an annual ticket for 32 euros, reduced admission for 1 year costs 20 euros.
All admission prices are valid: January 2020
Berlin Welcome Card, a ticket for local transport and sightseeing
For most tourists it is worth buying the Berlin Welcome Card. On the one hand, it is a ticket for local transport. The ticket is also a discount card for many attractions and sights in Berlin. You can buy the Welcome Ticket on the Internet before you travel to Berlin. There are different tickets available for 2 days to 6 days..
Also in the Berlin Museum of Natural History there is with the Welcome-Ticket Berlin a discount.
Short Video Natural History Museum Berlin
Small overview of parts of the collection (length of the film > 3 min)
Nevertheless larger is the Museum of Natural History in Vienna
There is also a smaller museum of this kind in Venice: the Museum of Natural History in Venice.