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Evolution of organisms and ecosystems

Understanding nature

The State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart is the successor of the 1791 founded Naturaliensammlung. The Naturaliensammlung itself goes back to the 1600 founded ducal cabinet of curiosities. Thanks to the foresightful collection development, the SMNS refers to one of the most meaningful collections in Europe. These precious archives of biodiversity provide the basis for the biosystematic research and are the prerequisite for various exhibitions. Through both aspects—research and presentation—the collections continually grow even today. The link between scientific study and widespread knowledge transfer is our hallmark.

Kollage Pflanze, Verbreitungskarte und Grafik

Research programme

General research domains

The research domains operate under the topic of “Evolution of organisms and ecosystems” and are bundled in six research programmes.

Read more about our research programmes


Research departments

Technical Infrastructure

Numerous specifically equipped laboratories, workshops, and preparation facilities form an important prerequisite for conserving the existing collections and supporting scientific research.

To our laboratories