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.
18 januari 2019
Unieke pijlwormen krijgen plek in het dierenrijk
Pijlwormen bestaan al zo’n 500 miljoen jaar, maar nu pas hebben wetenschappers – onder wie marien biologe Katja Peijnenburg van Naturalis Biodiversity Center – hun plek in de evolutionaire geschiedenis weten te bepalen.
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.
Juli 24, 2017
Hips don't lie
Whales have two mysterious bones under their tails. Are these only the remains of a time when they were still terrestrial animals, or do they actually use it for something?
March 29, 2017
Whale bones and murder mysteries
If whale tissue decays in anoxic conditions, it produces 'corpse wax'. This material has solved a lot of murder mysteries in the course of time!
2013: In a rock formation on a ranch in Wyoming, America the remains of a Triceratops are found. Since then, more and more bones have been excavated. Every year the paleontologists of Naturalis return.