DORTMUND: Museum für Naturkunde der Stadt Dortmund

  • Jan-Michael IlgerEmail author
  • Oliver Adrian
Part of the Natural History Collections book series (NHC)


The collections of the Museum für Naturkunde in Dortmund date back to 1887. The precursor of the Naturwissenschaftlicher Verein was founded at this time and its founding members contributed their private collections. The museum itself was opened in 1912. Today, at its third location, it is once again in an intensive stage of re-construction.

Highlights of the palaeontological collection, with about 30,000 objects in total, are a big assortment of Devonian and Carboniferous plant remains, several Cretaceous giant ammonites from Dortmund, and 800 Eocene fossils (including an equid) from Messel. The focus of the collection is on local and regional specimens.

The new permanent exhibitions will highlight the fossil ecosystems of the geological strata that can be found below ground under the museum (i.e., Quaternary, Cretaceous, and Carboniferous).


Dortmund Museum für Naturkunde Ruhr area Westphalia Palaeobotany (Devonian, Carboniferous) Giant ammonites (Cretaceous) Messel (Eocene) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Museum für NaturkundeDortmundGermany

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