Fossil Exhibition

Deep insights into Earth's history


The Fossil Exhibition in the Natural History Museum displays the geological periods of the Braunschweig region.

The "Fossiliensaal" ("Hall of Fossils") will be closed from October 25, 2022 until further notice, and is now under construction for a new exhibit area.

Our fossil exhibition provides fascinating insights into Earth's history and the evolution of life in the Brunswick area.

A landscape model illustrates the geological correlations in and around Brunswick: historically important outcrops are marked with lights and certain places have extendable cross-sections. An idealized vertical section of the Mesozoic rock strata shows the geological characteristics of the Northern foothills of the Harz (a German mountain chain).
Three habitat reconstructions of the Muschelkalk, the Lias, and the Late Cretaceous offer a lively impression of the Brunswick region during the Mesozoic.

Another unique attraction is the fossil-table. Visitors are explicitly encouraged to touch and feel a selection of different fossils ranging from sea urchins to giant ammonites.

Fossil diversity

A cabinet with 20 extendable drawers and the fossils it contains offers an ostensive insight into the development, emergence, and disappearance of different organisms throughout the course of the Earth’s history.
Furthermore, there are showcases relating to  fossilization processes, body fossils, and coalification, as well as two tables with binoculars. On each table, 20 different amber inclusions or microfossils can be examined with 20-fold and 40-fold magnification.
These tables were developed and customized at our museum and offer our visitors a special service: with the touch of a button, the different objects are being moved to the optimal position for precise examination.