1951 - 2016

The Biological Collections – The museum's treasure trove

German Oceanographic Museum, Foundation German Oceanographic Museum

As part of its specialized mission, the German Oceanographic Museum stores significant scientific collections of marine biology, fishing, oceanography and marine geology.

Hidden Treasures
The German Oceanographic Museum is home to a very special treasure. The museum's most valuable possessions are its collections. What makes them so special is how many of the 44,000 items are related to marine science. In a way, they are the visible story-tellers in these exhibitions about humans and the oceans.
Among these collections you’ll find exceptional pieces such as the famous leatherback turtle 'Marlene', the face mask of the elephant seal 'Roland' and the 15-metre-long fin whale skeleton in the 'Katharinenhalle' hall. These collections offer visitors a wonderful insight into a mysterious world which visitors seldom have an opportunity to experience. One of greatest challenges involves preserving our rarest, irreplaceable exhibits in optimal conditions.

These cases store around 3,000 eggs from sea and coastal birds, all valuable specimens. No two eggs are the same.

Gannets are large and relatively heavy seabirds with long beaks and conspicuously marked, webbed feet.

Historical objects give an insight into the spectrum of species from throughout the ages.

This is a reproduction of the biggest ammonite in the world, which sits in the Natural History Museum of Münster. The original was discovered in the Münster region in 1895.

The pretty shells of the cone snail are very popular among collectors.

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