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BERN: The Natural History Museum — An Institution of the Burgergemeinde of Bern

  • Ursula Menkveld-GfellerEmail author
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Abstract

The Burgergemeinde Bern is responsible for the Museum’s operation and financing. By reason of a good collaboration with the University of Bern the Museum’s scientific activity is partially financed by the Canton of Bern.

The collections of the Paleontology Division have their roots in 1894. The oldest fossil objects now at the NMBE were acquired in 1803. An important part of the collections is the “Types and figured specimens collection”, a regional collection with material from the Alps, the Molasse Basin, and the Jura mountains.

Focus for research and collecting is now, not at least thanks to the donation of a palaeontological collection of the private Fondation Paléontologique Jurassienne (FPJ, Glovelier), on projects in the Swiss Jura.

Keywords

Bern Switzerland Palaeontology Collection management Earth science preparations Research Education Exhibitions 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The author is much obliged to Roy Freeman (Lucerne), who recompiled the whole text, and to Beda Hofmann and Erich Stettler (both NMBE) for their reviews, which improved the character of the final paper.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Naturhistorisches Museum der Burgergemeinde BernBernSwitzerland

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