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Bavarian Natural History Collections (SNSB)
Hosting Legal Entity
Bavarian Natural History Collections (SNSB)
Menzinger Straße 71, Munich, PO: 80638 (Germany)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Contact Person
Natzer Eva-Maria
Scientific Director
Scientific Description
The Bavarian Natural History Collections (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 München-Nymphenburg and eight museums with public exhibitions in München, 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 30,000,000 specimens). Collections and Museums also play an instrumental role in public and academic education.
The SNSB employ more than 200 people, thereof more than 30 permanent and 30 third-party funded scientists.

RI Keywords
Botany, Anthropology, Mineralogy, Palaeoanatomy, Geology, Mycology, Palaeontology, Zoology
RI Category
Natural History Collections
Scientific Domain
Biological and Medical Sciences
Earth and Environmental Sciences
ESFRI Domain
Natural History Collections

Natural History Collections (around 30 Mio lots), with numerous type specimens; Light Microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Fluorescence Microscopy, Histology Lab, Molecular Lab, DNA Bank, Isotope Lab, Rock Sample Lab, Fossil Preparatory Lab, 3D-Reconstruction Computer Lab, 3D Laser Scanning facility, Weak Acid Lab; large palaeontological, geological, anthropological, botanical and zoological libraries; IT-Center (, German nodes (including databases) for Mycology and Evertebrata II (Mollusca, Chelicerata, Myriapoda) within the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).

Molecular Lab

Molecular Lab.

DNA Bank

DNA Bank.

Scanning Electron Microscopy

Scanning Electron Microscopy.

Light Microscopy

Light Microscopy.

3D Laser Scanning facility

3D Laser Scanning facility.

Histology Lab

Histology Lab.

3D-Reconstruction Computer Lab

3D-Reconstruction Computer Lab.

Fluorescence Microscopy

Fluorescence Microscopy.

Date of last update: 17/03/2017