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The Bavarian Natural History Collections (Staatliche Naturwissenschaftliche Sammlungen Bayerns, SNSB) are a research institution for natural history in Bavaria. They encompass five State Collections (zoology, botany, paleontology and geology, mineralogy, anthropology and paleoanatomy), the Botanical Garden Munich-Nymphenburg and eight museums with public exhibitions in Munich, Bamberg, Bayreuth, Eichstätt and Nördlingen.

Our research focuses mainly on the past and present bio- and geodiversity and the evolution of animals and plants. To achieve this we have large scientific collections (almost 35,000,000 specimens). Collections and museums also play an instrumental role in public and academic education.

The SNSB employ more than 250 people, thereof more than 30 permanent and 30 third-party funded scientists.

On the following pages, please read more about our:


Structure of the SNSB




The exhibitions of the Bavarian Natural History Collections (including the Botanical Garden Muenchen-Nymphenburg) are visited by more than 750,000 people each year, making these collections one of the most important educational institutions of Bavaria. With more than 30 permanent research scientists and the large, valuable scientific collections the Bavarian Natural History Collections are one of the most significant German research institutions in the field of Natural History.