Museum, Collections & Geopark
Göttingen Center for Geosciences
Goldschmidtstrasse 3-5
37077 Göttingen

Opening hours/access:
Mon.-Fri. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except public holidays), Sun. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
Closed: Easter Sunday and between Christmas and New Year

Contact person/contact:
Dr. Alexander Gehler
Tel.: +49 551 39-27998
Homepage der Sammlung

The collections are used in research and teaching as well as for exhibitions. They form the basis for a large number of ongoing research work by national and international scientists and are the repository of a large number of paleontological and mineralogical type material. There is high-frequency national and international lending for research projects and exhibitions.

Collection history:
Founded in 1773 (Academic Museum);
1877 Opening of the Natural History Museum at what is now Berliner Straße 28b;
1971 The geoscience institutes began moving to the north campus (completed in 1976).

Important directors or curators of the collections or parts of the collection:
Johann Friedrich Blumenbach (1752-1840),
Johann Friedrich Ludwig Hausmann (1752-1851),
Wolfgang Sartorius von Waltershausen (1809-1876),
Karl von Seebach (1839-1880),
Johann Friedrich Karl Klein (1842-1907),
Adolf von Koenen (1837-1915),
Theodor Liebisch (1852-1922),
Otto Mügge (1858-1932),
Hans Stille (1876-1966),
Hermann Schmidt (1892-1978),
Viktor Moritz Goldschmidt (1888-1947),
Othenio Abel (1875-1946),
Sigmund Koritnig (1912-1994).

Details on the history of the Göttingen geoscientific institutes and collections can be found at the following link:
A chronicle of the Göttingen geoscientific institutes and collections

Total number of objects:
> 4,000,000

Partial collections/convolutes:
Systematic paleontology of invertebrates, approx. 250,000 objects and series

Systematic paleontology of vertebrates, approx. 100,000 objects and series

Amber collection, approx. 25,000 objects and series

Paleobotany and palynology, approx. 40,000 objects and series

Systematic paleontology of ichnofossils, approx. 12,000 objects and series

Micropaleontology, approx. 2,000,000 objects and series

Stratigraphy and regional geology / paleontology, approx. 1,000,000 objects and series

Fossil deposits (excluding Willershausen), approx. 10,500 objects and series

Willershausen fossil deposit, approx. 35,000 objects and series

The digitization of a selection of objects from the Willershausen fossil deposit was funded by the German Digital Library with funds from the “Neustart Kultur” program run by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media.

M. Ballerstedt Collection (Lower Cretaceous of Lower Saxony), approx. 1,500 objects and series

Systematic mineralogy, approx. 300,000 objects and series

Deposit collection, approx. 30,000 objects and series

Gemstone collection, approx. 300 objects and series

Geology, sedimentology, petrography, petrology, approx. 100,000 objects and series

Natural stone, approx. 5,000 objects and series

Meteorite science, approx. 1,500 objects and series

State of digitalization:
approx. 3% digitally developed, of which approx. 8% illustrated
(as of 11/2016)

Ongoing digitization campaigns, for example as part of “naniweb” (cooperation project with the Central Custody of the University of Göttingen) and “Blumenbach-online” (cooperation project with the Göttingen Academy of Sciences) as well as the development of digital teaching collections

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