The specimens exposed in the museum, and thus accessible to the general public, are only a small part of the collections. Behind the scenes, scientists can immerse themselves in the remaining 90% for their research and their documentation work.

How do we gather a collection with regional, scientific, educational, aesthetic and historical characteristics?

The investment in specimens is only a first step. The acquisition of new parts or even entire collections by gift, bequests, by exchange, by excavation or by purchase, is generally followed by a thorough review of the condition and the taxonomic determination of the specimens. Such was the case for the first part of the ornithological Frenzel collection acquired by the museum in 2003, but also for the herbarium Etringer and many others.

These collections must be prepared, listed, and maintained, or even restored.  Before the specimens can be presented to visitors or be used for scientific purposes there is a great amount of work to be done.

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