The Museum in Figures – an Overview

Collections:
The Museum für Naturkunde houses over 30 million collection items, of which 25 million fall under the zoological collections. The largest individual collection is the mollusc collection, containing 9 million items.

The zoological collection comprise:
• over 10 million invertebrates (not including insects)
• over 15 million insects, including 6 million beetles and 4 million butterflies and moths
• approximately 580,000 vertebrates

The vertebrates, include roughly
• 130,000 fish
• 120,000 amphibians and reptiles
• 150,000 birds
• 180,000 mammals

The Museum has an animal sound archive containing approximately 120,000 animal sound recordings.

The palaeontological collections comprise:
• 1.2 million fossil vertebrates
• 1.1 million fossil invertebrates
• 320,000 palaeobotanical collection pieces

The mineralogical- petrological collections contain 312,000 samples, of which:
• 250,000 mineral specimens
• 57,000 petrographic-geographic samples
• 4.900 meteorite fragments of 2,300 different meteorites (most comprehensive collection in Germany)

Exhibitions:
The collections in the permanent exhibitions comprise approximately 9,000 exhibits.
Approximately half a million visitors per year see the exhibitions.

Area:
The building on Invalidenstraße covers 42,000 square metres, of which the main floor space takes up approximately 30,000 square metres.
The exhibition areas currently cover 7,100 square metres.

Staff:
The Museum employs approximately:
• 230 permanent employees, including 70 scientists
• 80 PhD and diploma students
• 70 volunteers

Last update: 12.04.2011