Journey back in time through the history of life on the planet with a visit to the Geological-Paleontological Museum. On the way, you will encounter the relics of long-gone creatures such as giant ammonites, primordial amphibians, ichthyosauruses, dinosaurs, and primitive birds (Archaeopteryx) or horses. How do researchers gain insight into the past? Among other things, they analyze pollen to understand prehistoric climates or they find fossils in geological deposits. Several significant German fossil deposits—like the one from Solnhofen, Bavaria where researchers discovered the famous Archaeopteryx— are presented in detail in display cases. The Museum also showcases geological cold periods and their fauna, such as the mammoth, the woolly rhinoceros, the Megaloceros (a type of deer), and the cave bear.
The Geological-Paleontological Museum, located on Bundesstraße since 1977 and housed in over 900 sq m, provides insight into the science of life-forms from past geological eras (paleontology) as well as into the Earth’s structure and rocks (geology). Visitors have the opportunity to view fossils, amber, and traces of dinosaurs. In addition to its permanent exhibition, the Museum regularly hosts special events and offers guided tours and presentations.