Millions of objects
When we re-open, our scientific collection will be stored at a single location. Our collection is the foundation for studying and understanding biodiversity worldwide. You will be able to view some of it in the new museum.
Our collection highlights online
While the museum is temporarily closed, marvel at the most iconic pieces in our collection online. From quetzals to acorn barnacles, from Apollo butterflies to the T. rex: our collection managers put the spotlight on the most eye-catching objects.
With a unique combination of knowledge, talents and skills, we operate as a national museum, academic research institute and heritage institution.
National research institute
Naturalis employs 120 scientists in seven different research groups. We are happy to offer young scientific talent the opportunity to further develop ideas in a stimulating, open environment. With 80 PhDs and postdocs, Naturalis contributes to innovating Dutch research at the highest level in the green life sciences.
December 20, 2018
Dino expert Anne Schulp professor
Naturalis researcher Anne Schulp will be a professor of vertebrate paleontology at Utrecht University for two days per week as of 1 January 2019.
18 January 2019
Unique arrow worms get their place in the animal kingdom.
Arrow worms have existed for around 500 million years, but only now scientists - including marine biologist Katja Peijnenburg from Naturalis Biodiversity Center - have found their place in evolutionary history.