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Mainz Natural History Museum with the affiliated State Collection of the Natural History of Rhineland-Palatinate is the state’s largest and most important natural history museum. Collecting, preserving, researching into and imparting a common scientific inheritance and passing it on to following generations are our core tasks. Mainz Natural History Museum is an extracurricular and non-university place of learning, a centre for ecological training and a shop-window for the sciences. As a house open to the world, it is a place of encounter, understanding and integration.
The museum’s collections and exhibitions document rocks and minerals, and both the fossil and present-day flora and fauna of Rhineland-Palatinate. Among the most valuable items from the time of the establishment of the museum, that started with the collections of the Rhenish Naturalist Society (founded in 1834), are, among other things, a Java rhinoceros and the world-famous Mainz quaggas.
The State Collection of the Natural History of Rhineland-Palatinate was founded in 1988 and affiliated to the museum. Since 2010 the Natural History Museum has been a member of the Mainz Scientific Alliance.