Museum: National Museum of Natural History Luxembourg – “Natur Musée”
A Fancy for Science
Visitors come to the ‘natur musée’ because they are interested in natural history and natural sciences in general, or because the issues raised in the permanent and temporary exhibits are exceptional, instructive, sometimes surprisingly uncommon and always deserve the mention. The museum shows in a simple, understandable and exciting way what natural history is: the discovery of Nature’s diversity in connection with a love of science.
The National Museum of Natural History : also a research institute
Behind the exhibitions of the museum lies in fact a world of scientists studying the collection of millions of specimens and committing themselves to the exploration of the natural heritage. The National Museum of Natural History has the largest natural history collections in the country. Many hours of field work, extensive laboratory studies and an accurate determination is needed before only the most remarkable specimens find their way into the exhibitions or collections of the museum.
New permanent exhibitions
In 2017 completely redesigned permanent exhibitions re-opened to the public on more than 1000 m2. The fact that the new museological concept reflects the current state of scientific research and that the rich collections of the museum appear in a new light enables the visitor to develop a perspective on the subject of natural history.
Current and upcoming temporary exhibitions:
Otherworlds (Until 06.01.2019)
Otherworlds will explore the beauty of our solar system and demonstrate that the visual legacy of six decades of space exploration constitutes a visually stunning, important chapter in the history of photography. Created by artist, curator and writer Michael Benson, the 70 images on display represent a joining together of art and science. To create his images, Benson trawls through the archives of NASA and the European Space Agency, searching for ‘aesthetic discoveries’ in the same data analysed by scientists for their research. Through a process he compares to the alchemy of a darkroom, the black-and-white source images are transformed into a seamless true-colour photograph – as close as possible to what the human eye would see.
Night (15.03.2019 – 04.08.2019)
When some species sleep, others come to life… What happens when it gets dark? From mammals to butterflies as well as birds: the magical atmosphere of this exhibition invites you to explore nightlife through all kinds of sound and olfactory installations.
Geckeg Vullen – Crazy birds (11.10.2019 -07.06.2020)
The National Museum of Natural History has an impressive collection of birds: about 3,500 specimens of 1,300 different species are preserved in the museum, which represents about 10 percent of all known bird species. At first sight, birds should therefore be the most well known animals to the general public, especially since with their often attractive colours and songs they do not go unnoticed in nature. However, the biology of birds still hides countless secrets that will be revealed in the exhibition.
Upcoming Meetings and events:
Colloquium on Natural Heritage, Biodiversity & Evolution (16.03.2019)
Since 1982, Natur Musée’s scientific collaborators have met every year at the “Colloquium on Natural Heritage, Biodiversity and Evolution”, where they present the most recent results of their scientific research projects in an oral presentation.
The topics presented at the symposium come from all fields of natural sciences. The conference is intended to bring people together and encourage an exchange between specialists from all backgrounds. It should be particularly emphasized that among the presenters are also many young researchers, from Luxembourg and abroad, most of whom work in renowned institutes abroad and whose close collaboration with our scientific sections is a testimony to the growing importance of the Scientific Research Centre of the National Museum of Natural History in the world of research on natural heritage and biodiversity.
Annual meeting of the Floristisch-soziologische Arbeitsgemeinschaft (FlorSoz) (14.-17.06.2019)
The Floristisch-soziologische Arbeitsgemeinschaft (FlorSoz) is a German-speaking association of experts and enthusiasts interested in floristry and plant sociology. It is run on an honorary basis and is open to anyone interested.
The next annual meeting of FlorSoz will take place from 14 to 17 June 2019 in Luxembourg. Both members of the Society and interested guests are welcome to attend the annual meetings. The programme includes lectures as well as two full-day excursions. For a limited number of participants a post excursion is offered.
Science Festival (07.-10.11.2019)
The next Science Festival organized by the National Museum of Natural History (Mnhn) and the National Research Fund (FNR) is planned from 7 to 10 November 2019. The call for proposals for scientific workshops and shows will open on 1 December 2018. The purpose of the Science Festival is to present and promote science and research in Luxembourg and to encourage young people and the general public to become interested in and curious about science and technology. The Science Festival is attracting more and more visitors with every new edition and it has now become an annual event not to be missed.