The permanent contemporary collections were inaugurated in 1992. Topics from the fields of geology, mineralogy, soil science, paleontology and zoology are presented within the multiple sections of the museum. Regional aspects are given special consideration.

Lower Level     > more

dynErdeThe collections on the lower level are mainly concerned with geological phenomena. Learn interesting details about the internal structure of our planet, and about volcanoes and the dynamic processes inside the Earth's mantle that have led to the present distribution of land masses.

bodenkunde1Selected crystals and mineral specimens are presented inside the Earth's treasury trove. We also show you how our region has formed into its present-day appearance as part of the Franconian Escarpment landscape. Among the most important and most visible geobiologically-occuring phenomena include the emergence of various soil types. You will learn some additional facts in a smaller section dedicated to the soil sciences.

natursteineA special component of the museum is a small area dedicated to showcasing the natural stonework of our region, highlighting in particular the different building blocks of the Bamberg Cathedral.

The multimedia room is likewise accessible on the ground floor. Here, a thrilling multimedia show on the cycles of the biosphere is shown on the hour every hour.

Mezzanine     > more

This level is reserved for temporary exhibitions. Currently, the exhibition Franconia on the Jurassic Beach is on display until the end of the year. You will be amazed at the findings from our excavations in a nearby Jurassic-period quarry, where we've recovered unique, world-class fossils.

Upper Level     > more

vogelsaalTo the right of the staircase you will reach a climatic barrier in the heart of our museum, where you will pass into the famous Bamberg Hall of Birds. This unique space showcases an original natural history collection, fully preserved from 1791, the year in which it was introduced by Prince Bishop Franz Ludwig von Erthal as a teaching institute within the university. Thousands of colorful preserved animal specimens — most notably birds — an exceedingly rare and historic wax fruit collection, originals of the famous Beringer's Lying Stones (Würzburger Lügensteine) along with many other treasures await you behind the hand-blown panes of this noble, neoclassical exhibition hall.

ammonittAn additional section on the upper floor of the hall features an array of fossilized creatures that have been excavated from the ground right here in Franconia. This section is not always open to the public as we are occasionally installing additional special exhibitions. Mammals living in our region today, including species which have been displaced in the past such as the wolf, lynx and bear, can be found in a subsequent corridor.

The contents of just one solitary display case, however, deviate from the otherwise regional focus of the museum. Here visitors will find a preserved quagga, a subspecies of the plains zebra. Once found roaming in large herds across the South African plains, by the end of the 19th century the quagga population was completely decimated by man. Today, there are only 13 specimens left in Europe's major museums of natural history. The specimen found in Bamberg is particularly well preserved and counts as one of the most precious of the museum's acquisitions.