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Paläontologisches Museum München. Palaeontological Museum

The Palaeontological Museum Munich. © PMM Munich

Atrium of the museum with 10 million years old elefant Gomphotherium from Upper Bavaria.

The oldest known bird Archaeopteryx (Munich specimen), probably the most famous fossil of the world.

The small, 150 million years old dinosaur Compsognathus longipes, found in Lower Bavaria.

Starfish Archasteropecten from the Solnhofen platy limestone (150 million years), Franconian Alb.

Skull of the horned dinosaur Triceratops from the Cretaceous of Wyoming (70 million years).

Plateosaurus, the largest dinosaur ever found in Bavaria, Triassic in age (205 million years).

  • Kunstareal
  • Nature


Richard-Wagner-Straße 10
80333 München


Gallery Hours

Mo.-Do. 8.00-16.00, Fr. 8.00-14.00, 1. So. im Monat 10.00-16.00
not accessible

The Palaeontological Museum, situated close to the Königsplatz in the centre of Munich, is the exhibition forum of the Palaeontology and Geobiology Munich. It shows, among other items, impressive skeletons that provide insight in the evolution of vertebrates. Besides the largest dinosaur ever found in Bavaria, spectacular reptile skeletons from the time before the dinosaurs, as well as pterosaurs, ichthyosaurs and fossil mammals of the Cenozoic are displayed. Among others, the latter are represented by the famous ten million years old elephant of Mühldorf-upon-Inn and diverse mammals of the ice ages, like the saber-toothed cat and giant deer. Moreover, the museum displays the exotic fauna of Bavaria 16 million years ago. Visitors are also invited to start on a „journey“ through 4 billion years of life history. Further highlights are the Munich specimen of the primitive bird Archaeopteryx and the smallest dinosaur of Bavaria, Compsognathus. Visit the Palaeontological Museum and dive with us into the fascinating prehistoric times.

The history of the Bavarian State Collection of Palaeontology and Geology dates back to the foundation of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences in 1759. In 1843 the palaeontological collection became independent with Andreas Wagner appointed as curator. At that time it was housed – together with the whole Academy of Sciences – in the "Neuhauser Straße 51", the former Jesuit monastery "St. Michael". The exhibit rooms were now officially named  "Palaeontological Museum". Palaeontology in Munich achieved world fame under the direction of Karl Alfred Zittel at the end of the 19th century. Bombing of Munich in April 1944 destroyed 80% of the collections and exhibits. After the war, in 1950, the palaeontological collection as well as the eponymic University institute started new in the Richard-Wagner-Straße 10, the former Royal Bavarian School of Arts and Crafts. The heritage-protected building was raised in 1902/1903 in the style of Historicism according to plans by Leonhard Romeis. Substantial accessions in the 1950ies and -60ies made the palaeontological collections an institution of international fame again soon and also the Palaeontological Museum came up again with impressive exhibits. Today, the Palaeontological Museum appears as the research museum of the palaeontology and geobiology Munich with attractive exhibitions on evolution of life on earth..

04.12.16 10:00
Paläontologisches Museum München


An jedem ersten Sonntag des Monats öffnet das Paläontologische Museum seine Pforten und entführt die Besucher in die fantastische Lebewelt der Urzeit. Das beliebte Kinder-Quiz, Filmschau zu paläontologischen Themen und Konservatorenführungen runden das familienfreundliche Sonntagsprogramm ab.

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Sprache: deutsch

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