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

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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.

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Ice Age fossils
May 29th, 2024

Ice Age fossils neatly organized

Cave lion, brown bear, aurochs: they all could be found in the Netherlands, once, long ago during the Ice Age. The CollAction team didn't know that, but now we pass the skulls, bones, teeth through our hands every day, as we neatly store their fossils.
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Valerie in the beetle depot
May 29th, 2024

Beetle drawers soot, dust and gems

Much of the beetle drawer lids are quite to very dirty. The CollAction team has been working on the beetle drawers, producing many dirty black wipes, and clean glass covers. And occasionally we come across beetle gems.
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Transfer of an Apollo butterfly
May 29th, 2024

Apollo butterflies full of surprises

The CollAction team was deployed to transfer about 120,000 Apollo butterflies to standard drawers. This work allows these butterflies to be used in science. During this task, the CollAction-team quickly encountered some surprises.
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