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

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Fused vertebrae
January 2nd, 2019

Becky's Blog: Funny bones

Many and more things can be examined form bones. In one of the early blogs, I looked closely at some of the strange bone issues we came across while cleaning dolphin skeletons. As the project continued, we see bone deformities so regularly that I started…
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whale skeleton
January 2nd, 2019

Hips don't lie

Whenever the whale team goes to a work on a specimen recently washed up, we know we have a rather disgusting challenge in front of us. One of the trickiest things when removing the many pounds of flesh is to be careful not to lose the tiny pelvic bones…
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Bumblebee on hand
December 24th, 2018

The bees and their pollination work

Ever since there have been flowers, there have been insects to pollinate these flowers. Bees are rewarded by the plant with food; the nectar and pollen from the flowers. They need it for energy and that is why you always see lots of bees flying around in…
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