Our research focuses mainly on the past and present bio- and geodiversity and the evolution of animals and plants. To achieve this we have large scientific collections (more than 30 million specimens). Collections and museums also play an instrumental role in public and academic education.
The SNSB employ about 300 people including about 40 permanently employed scientists, as well as a large number of students, doctoral candidates and postdocs.
The exhibitions of the Bavarian Natural History Collections (including the Botanical Garden Muenchen-Nymphenburg) are visited by more than 700,000 people each year, making these collections one of the most important educational institutions of Bavaria. With its large, valuable scientific collections the SNSB are one of the most significant German research institutions in the field of Natural History.