The Collections of the State Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart
The Collections of the State Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart comprise more than 11 millions of scientific objects including:
- 4,1 millions fossils
- 40.000 minerals
- 1 million plants
- 4,5 millions insects
- 1 million molluscs
- 500.000 vertebrates
- 9600 type specimens
All objects are linked with numerous data, being increasingly available and researchable in databases.
The collections of the museum trace back to the Kunst- and Naturalienkabinett, a collection of art and curiosities of the dukes of Württemberg. The earliest still preserved objects date back to the 16th century. In 1791 the objects of art and nature were separated and the Naturalienkabinett became an independent institution, today’s State Museum of Natural History. To date the biological and palaeontological collections are basis of our research and are consequently and target-oriented expanded Thereby we focus on regional geology, flora and fauna and on the conduction and documentation of globally oriented research projects.
Picture: J.Gritzka, SMNS