(Naturkunde-Museum Bamberg, Bavaria, Germany)
April to September: 9.00 - 17.00 (9.00 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
October to March: 10.00 - 16.00 (10.00 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Closed: Mondays and the following public holidays: January 1st, Shrove Tuesday, November 1st, December 24th, 25th, 31st
Dr. Matthias Mäuser
The Naturkunde-Museum Bamberg is a museum that forms part of the Bavarian Natural History Collections. The museum has a long history, starting in the year 1791 when Archbishop Franz Ludwig von Erthal founded a collection of scientific specimens as the basis for a professorship in Natural History. To house this collection a spacious exhibition hall, two storeys high, was built in what was then a Jesuit school. The central part of this former museum, the beautiful neoclassical hall, can still be visited in its original state as a "museum within the museum".
This neoclassical hall forms a charming contrast to the modern exhibition area, where visitors are made familiar with different topics of natural history. Here the focus is on Upper Franconia. The museum shows a multitude of functional models, dioramas, audio programs and, of course, excellent exhibits, i.e. some of the famous Lying Stones of Dr. Beringer. The exhibitions deal with geology, mineralogy and soil science as well as with indigenous mammals and fossils.
Last but not least, special exhibitions complement the museum's programme.