at Naturalis

At Naturalis, marvel is the starting point of learning. Together we discover the richness of nature. There is always more to be enthusiastic about, more to learn and more to explore.


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Biodiversity Center

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new exhibitions
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researchers at work

With a unique combination of knowledge, talents and skills, we operate as a national museum, academic research institute and heritage institution.

About us

in biodiversity

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.

Scientists and research groups

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our stories

Follow our social media for all the latest news about the museum and our researchers' day-to-day work and new discoveries.

News and blogs


The Covid-19 Taskforce Reports
August 11th, 2020

The Covid-19 Taskforce Reports

Missed the broadcast ? After three months of intensive collaboration, the CETAF-DiSSCo Covid-19 Task Force presented preliminary results of the work of more than 60 international dedicated scientists and bioinformatics professionals from the natural…
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Sander Hilgen
July 27th, 2020

What the life of a geochronologist looks like

Text by: Manon de Visser , researcher at Naturalis A variety of studies are performed at Naturalis. Therefore, researchers learn more every day, also from each other’s work! As a biologist I regularly talk to my colleagues about their work. This time that…
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Manon de Visser
April 28th, 2020

Working with supercomputers

Working from home, miles away from the Naturalis museum and the University of Leiden, whilst still being able to make sure that things run smoothly within Leiden: Manon de Visser is literally working remotely. For her PhD, which started about half a year…
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