You really should have seen the Natural History Museum in Berlin. Especially the big and small fans of dinosaurs are in the right place here.
The Natural History Museum is the largest natural history museum in Germany. Over 30 million objects are in the museum’s possession. The museum is best known for the Brachiosaurus, the world’s largest built-up skeleton of a dinosaur. It greets the visitor right in the entrance hall.
But in addition to this truly impressive dinosaur skeleton, the Natural History Museum also presents 6 other dinosaurs in the large hall: Dicraeosaurus, Diplodocus, Kentrosaurus, Allosaurus, Dysalotosaurus and Elaphrosaurus. You can also admire an Archaeopteryx here.
A highlight of the exhibition is without question the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex. Tristan Otto has been on loan to the Natural History Museum since December 2015 and can be admired by visitors.
We also took a look at Tristan Otto. But first we had to queue before we could enter the dimly lit room. The skeleton stands on a pedestal in the middle of the room and glows silver-grey in the light of the lamps. Originally, the bones found were black. The skull on the torso is only a 3D print, the original is in a separate display case. Around 170 bones are preserved from the skeleton. These were discovered in Montana in 2010 and spent 4 years being processed for presentation.
The dinosaur is 12 metres long and 4 metres high and can be viewed from all sides. Stories about the find and the research are presented at media stations.
My question as to why the T.rex is called Tristan Otto was quickly answered. The sons of the owners were the namesakes for the dinosaur.
Besides the dinosaurs, however, you can see many other interesting exhibits here. Minerals and fossils, ungulates and native animals are presented. In one room there are various jars containing preserved animals. This wet collection shows about 1 million fish, spiders, crabs, amphibians and mammals in 276,000 jars with 81,880 litres of alcohol. Truly impressive.
For us, a museum visit suitable for all ages!
Museum für Naturkunde Invalidenstraße 43,
Closed on Mondays.
Tuesdays – Fridays: 9.30 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Saturdays / Sundays / Public holidays: 10.00 – 18.00 hrs.
Last admission: 30 minutes before museum closing time.
Adults: 8,00 €
Reduced: 5,00 €
Families (two adults with up to three children under 14) €15.00
Mini-families (one adult with up to two children under 14) €9.00