Museum of Natural History Berlin

Berlin, March 24, 1959. The Museum of Natural History at Invalidenstrasse. © Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-62981-0002 / CC-BY-SA 3.0 Zentralbild Ulmer 24.3.1959, Quaschinsky.
Oryx antelope in the Berlin Zoological Garden. Watercolor, Anna Held, December 1892.
Embroidery with butterflies, end of 18th century, Georg Heinrich Borowski, K002 Gesellschaft Naturforschender Freunde zu Berlin.

Inventorizing the Records at the Archives of the Berlin Museum of Natural History

From 2021 to 2023, Facts & Files has been commissioned by the Museum of Natural History to index archival records.

In total, 10 holdings with a volume of 70.5 linear meters and 9,099 files, photos, drawings etc. were processed. In the first project, which began in 2020, Facts & Files was also responsible for the coordination of project, developing cataloguing guidelines, quality checks, and data curation for the import into the archive software.

The archive of the Museum of Natural History Berlin is part of the Historical Department “Historsche Arbeitsstelle”.

There are more than 900 linear meters of archival records documenting the last 212 years of the museum’s history, but also the history of science.

The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin is the largest natural history museum in Germany and today part of the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft.

From 1810 to 2009, the Museum of Natural History was affiliated with the Geological-Paleontological Museum, the Mineralogical-Petrographical Museum and the Zoological Museum of the Berlin University, today’s Humboldt University.


Finding Aids Online (in German)

The finding aids for some of the processed holdings are online.


Frank Drauschke
Frank Drauschke
T: +49 (0)30 / 480 986 20
Dr. Hans-Christian Bresgott
Facts & Files
T: +49 (0)30 / 480 986 20