Live Science

LiveScience werkstraat

With its large windows facing the street, Live Science functions as a shop window for Naturalis. This place is where you will meet our researchers and collection managers, so that you can see and experience what their work is all about.

our research

Things you can do here include attempting to draw an insect according to scientific rules or witnessing a specimen preparation from up close. The pieces in the collection reflect our institute's rich history from its foundation in 1820 to the present day. They include a hoodwinker sunfish discovered in 1889 and a meteorite that struck the Netherlands only recently.

Zaal LiveScience

The idea
behind Live Science

This gallery is where we show what we do as a research institute. Not in the shape of an exhibition, but by letting you observe the people who work for Naturalis while they perform their duties. Feel free to ask questions, for example about what they are looking to discover and why. You can't get closer to nature and science than in Live Science!

The highlight
of Live Science

The highlight is that you get to meet our scientists in the flesh. One place where you can do so is in the Dino Lab, where they dig recently discovered dinosaur bones out of rocks. Obviously, it can be a noisy and dusty place – so they are more than happy to take a break and tell you everything you want to know. The Nature Desk in Live Science is another place where you can meet our researchers. This location is home to our regular Nature Consultation, where people can ask questions about nature to an expert.

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Naturalis wins
the BankGiro Loterij Museumprijs

It happened! Naturalis won the BankGiro Loterij Museumprijs. At least 47.000 people voted for us. Winning the price, really motivates us to continue to showcase stories for the public. We want to thank everyone for their support!

With the price money of €100.000, we will build a professional studio for LiveScience. The studio will help us to reach even more people. Our researchers, their knowledge and their stories will be able to be shown in all living rooms and classrooms. It furthers our goal to evoke wonder and to reach the public with our passion for nature.

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Construction of
live-size 3D copy of T. rex Trix

A replica of the famous T. rex skeleton Trix has been made to be shown in Dinosaur Museum in Japan. A monster job! The 3d printed skeleton will be constructed from November 19th till December 16th in the entrance hall of the museum. Say “hi” to Trix’s clone when the museum opens up again. Our guides will stand at the ready to answer any questions you have. For example, how do you make such an elaborate copy and what do you learn from the process? 

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3D-modelleur en anatoom Pasha van Bijlert met een deel van de 3D-print van Trix
Montage van het skelet in Naturalis