The construction
in view

One and a half year of reconstruction in one minute.


Ontdek het
nieuwe Naturalis

Het nieuwe museum van Naturalis is een combinatie van zien, doen en beleven. In negen indrukwekkende zalen beleeft jong en oud straks de rijkdom van de natuur. 

We kunnen niet wachten om alle mooie zalen te laten zien. Vanaf 31 augustus zijn we weer open en we hopen je dan snel tegen te komen.

Ontdek hier de nieuwe museumzalen

binnenkant naturalis
buitenkant Naturalis

we are expanding

Our old museum building had been designed for 150,000 visitors per year, but our visitor numbers have increased rapidly in recent years (up to 410,000 in 2016). Also, there was lack of space to show the immense T. rex. Moreover, Naturalis' scientific collection has grown to over 42 million objects in recent years. The depot space to  properly store and manage that became far too small. An increase in the number of researchers also created an urgent demand for more lab space and offices. The renewed Naturalis is the answer to all these issues.


  • 38.000 m2: in total
  • 18.000 m2: renovation (collection depots, offices)
  • 20.000 m2: totally new (laboratoria, museum)

In this short film, director Edwin van Huis van Naturalis and architect Michiel Riedijk talk about the construction of the new Naturalis.

Watch the film with sound

Dimention stone facade of Naturalis Biodiversity Center
Dimention stone facade of Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Naturalis builds

In this vlog series Corine from Naturalis gives you a look behind the scenes at the construction site. In this episode, you see her together with the construction supervisor, Vivan. Are you wondering what it looks like now?

Watch the film with sound

Photo building


Naturalis is nog even dicht en ondertussen bouwen we hard aan ons nieuwe museum! Met deze #sneakpreviews neem je de komende tijd een kijkje achter de schermen. Ben je er klaar voor? Hou je vast, want in de eerste sneak preview laten we een giraffe vliegen naar de  etage! 

Bekijk sneak preview 01

Bekijk sneak preview 02

Bekijk sneak preview 03

Animatie Naturalis gebouw

during the renovation

Naturalis is temporarily closed, but you can still visit our special events in the Stadsgehoorzaal. 

Theatervoorstelling Peter en de Wolf (in Dutch) 

Cross-over flitscolleges (in Dutch)

Peter en de wolf

The new

By design of Neutelings Riedijk Architects (NRA) the old museum is being renovated and redesigned into an office and extra storage space for the collection. Adjacent a new building is being erected: with a large and light atrium, the catering facilities, museum shop and nine beautiful new exhibition halls. The new building will also contain a completely new laboratory. The end result is an ensemble of different contiguous components, around the central collection tower, which all have their own function.

Beeld: Lievense
Elephant is being maneuvred into the new building