Research museums of the Leibniz Association
The Leibniz Association connects 89 independent research institutions that range in focus from the natural, engineering and environmental sciences via economics, spatial and social sciences to the humanities. Leibniz Institutes address issues of social, economic and ecological relevance. They conduct knowledge-driven and applied basic research, maintain scientific infrastructure and provide research-based services. The Leibniz Association identifies focus areas for knowledge transfer to policy-makers, academia, business and the public. Leibniz Institutes collaborate intensively with universities – in the form of “WissenschaftsCampi” (thematic partnerships between university and non-university research institutes), for example – as well as with industry and other partners at home and abroad. They are subject to an independent evaluation procedure that is unparalleled in its transparency. Due to the institutes’ importance for the country as a whole, they are funded jointly by the Federation and the Länder, employing some 18,100 individuals, including 9,200 researchers. The entire budget of all the institutes is approximately 1.64 billion EUR.
The eight research museums in the Leibniz Association combine research and education in a special way. Apart from permanent and special exhibitions they also conduct a great deal of research into the history of the Earth and biodiversity as well as cultural history and the history of technology. Their unique collections include more than a hundred million objects and provide foundations for science. Every year, the museums reach millions of people with their exhibitions and thus make an important contribution to the dissemination of knowledge.
Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum
The Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum is a renowned research institute which focuses on the history of mining. Overground exhibitions and an underground demonstration mine offer insights into the exciting world of mining.
Deutsches Museum, Munich
The Deutsches Museum is the largest museum of science and technology in the world. It presents scientific and technical knowledge and developments for everyone to understand and enjoy.read more
Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum (German Maritime Museum), Bremerhaven
The museum investigates German shipping history in its own context, collects related historical objects and presents its research results to the public.read more
Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg
The museum researches the art and culture of the German-speaking countries in their international cross-linkage and presents research findings as educational experiences in dialogue form.read more
Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin
With more than 30 million items and exhibition space of 6,500 m2, the Museum für Naturkunde, which is open to the public, is Germany’s largest natural history museum and one of the five largest in the world.read more
Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Mainz
The Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum is a globally-active research institute for pre- and early history. It exhibits archaeological evidence from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages.read more
Senckenberg Naturmuseen, Frankfurt a. M., Görlitz and Dresden
The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung SGN explores the role of biodiversity in the “System Earth.” This integrative “geobiodiversity research” includes the human impact on the earth system – with the aim to preserve nature as our livelihood. Senckenberg places special emphasis on making research and science available to the public. Three Senckenberg natural history museums in Frankfurt, Görlitz and Dresden explain the diversity of life and the history of the earth. Senckenberg research collections encompass more than 38 million units.read more
The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig, Bonn
The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK) is one of the largest museums researching into natural history in Germany. It has gained its outstanding reputation for its documentation, research and interpretation of biodiversity.read more