Exterior of the museum building at night

Senckenberg Museum für Naturkunde Görlitz

The Senckenberg Museum für Naturkunde Görlitz (Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Görlitz) is a research institute of the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung with an exhibiting museum.

The museum’s history spans more than two centuries, beginning in 1811 with the founding of the Ornithologische Gesellschaft zu Görlitz, an association dedicated to the study of birds. In 2009 it merged with Senckenberg and was accepted into the Leibniz Association.

The museum at the Marienplatz in Görlitz

The museum at the Marienplatz in Görlitz © Senckenberg

View of the permanent exhibition

At the core of the museum is the exhibition on the local flora and fauna of the Upper Lusatia region - conveyed through meticulously constructed dioramas. © Robert Binas

Media table in the rain forest exhibition

An interactive media table within the rain forest exhibition is particularly popular with visitors. © Sven Tränkner

Touring exhibition

The international touring exhibition The Thin Skin of Earth: Our Soils illuminates aspects of soil, its organisms and the actual state of threats to soils. © J. Gitschmann

Young researchers

Young researchers gain insights into current research topics at the museum's Childrens' University. © L. Träger

wolf research at the museum

The museum is an important center for investigations on the feeding ecology of carnivores such as wolfs. © Diana Jeschke

Since the 1950s the research focus of the museum lies on soil zoology.

Since the 1950s the research focus of the museum lies on soil zoology. © Sven Tränkner

Vivarium with Cameleon

An inhabitant of the Vivarium at the Senckenberg Museum für Naturkunde Görlitz © Andreas Kauk

In fifteen sections, natural scientists research the diversity and ecology of soil organisms, mammals, ants, slugs, vascular plants, fungi, and lichens in Europe and Asia and explore geological issues.

The museum shows permanent exhibitions on various themes of natural sciences. In the form of traveling exhibitions on subjects such as soil and wolves, it makes its research findings accessible for audiences at home and abroad.

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Senckenberg Museum für Naturkunde Görlitz

The Senckenberg Museum für Naturkunde Görlitz (Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Görlitz) is a research institute of the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung with an exhibiting museum.