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 >
Selected 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.
A 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.
Upper Level >
An 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.