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Schüler bei einer Führung im Sauriersaal des Museums
Guided Tours

We offer guided tours with various themes for children from age 5 onwards, for teenagers and adults. The tours are offered in German and English. The tours can be booked during opening hours – some selected tours are also available after hours. Find all our public tour options under special guided tours or in our event calendar. Please note the information on booking conditions.

Highlights of the Exhibition

This overview tour focuses on the museum’s key attractions: the 13-metre-high Brachiosaurus skeleton, the primeval bird Archaeopteryx, Knut the Polar Bear, the amazing biodiversity wall and, of course, Tristan, the original skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex. A further highlight of this guided tour is a visit to the East Wing, which opened in 2010, showing the museum’s scientific wet collections.

  • children from age 5, teenagers and adults
  • €4 in German (reduced: €2) , €5 in English (reduced: €3) for a 45-minute tour (plus admission)
Dinosaurs and Fossils

Saurians were the most species-rich group of animals during the Mesozoic. There were land-dwelling dinosaurs, while in the sea, ichthyosaurs hunted their prey and pterosaurs ruled the skies. This guided tour explains what the world of dinosaurs looked like many million years ago and what other animals and plants populated the Earth during that period.

  • children from age 5, teenagers and adults
  • €4 in German (reduced: €2) , €5 in English (reduced: €3) for a 45-minute tour (plus admission)
Evolution in Action

Looking at examples including the primeval bird Archaeopteryx, lobe-finned fish, lung fish and the primeval horse Eurohippus, evolutionary processes and mechanisms such as selection, adaptation, convergence and homology are explained and discussed. 

  • teenagers from age 15 and adults
  • €4 in German (reduced: €2) , €5 in English (reduced: €3) for a 45-minute tour (plus admission)
System Earth

Today’s diversity of species, but also the mass extinction of entire groups of animals, has been influenced by a number of non-biological factors. Populations were separated by the formation of mountain ranges or by continents drifting apart. Meteoroid impacts are thought to be responsible for mass extinction events, while volcano eruptions also created new habitats for plants and animals. This guided tour explores the complex interdependencies between living and inanimate nature.

  • teenagers from age 13 and adults
  • €4 in German (reduced: €2) , €5 in English (reduced: €3) for a 45-minute tour (plus admission)
Extinct and endangered Animals

The sixth mass extinction in the Earth’s history is in full swing. More plants and animals have become extinct in recent years than ever before since the end of the dinosaur era. This guided tour is focusing on what needs to be done to save endangered species such as giant pandas, tigers, rhinos and polar bears from the Tasmanian Tiger’s fate – a species now extinct since 1936.

  • children from age 10, teenagers and adults
  • €4 in German (reduced: €2) , €5 in English (reduced: €3) for a 45-minute tour (plus admission)
Taxidermy at the Museum

The process of mounting animals can be followed step by step in the exhibition. Providing various examples the guided tour shows how a taxidermy piece is prepared, details special techniques used while also presenting famous museum animals like Bobby the Gorilla and Knut the Polar Bear.

  • children from age 6, teenagers and adults
  • €4 in German (reduced: €2) , €5 in English (reduced: €3) for a 45-minute tour (plus admission)
Minerals

The minerals gallery houses 1077 kinds of minerals, including some precious pieces Alexander von Humboldt collected in Russia, as well as the rock in which Klapproth proved the existence of uranium for the first time. This guided tour explains the use of minerals in our daily lives, what their components are and how they are used in industry, engineering and technology.

  • children from age 10, teenagers and adults
  • €4 in German (reduced: €2) for a 45-minute tour (plus admission)
  • only in German available

Special guided Tours

Please note that different prices and booking conditions apply for the following tours.

Urban Ecology and Climate Change

Berlin is the greenest and species-richest capital in Europe. Even the inner city is home to a wide range of plants and animals. Exotic as well as indigenous species continue to expend further into the city, conquering new terrain. The urban ecology tour will introduce visitors to many such city-dwellers near the Museum and look at their adaptation to urban life. One particular focus of the tour will be the signs of climate change that are already visible and how they affect plants, animals and humans in Berlin.

  • children from age 7, teenagers and adults
  • €5 in German (reduced: €4) , €6 in English (reduced: €5) for a 120-minute tour (plus admission)
Guided Tours for Families

This tour introduces visitors to the highlights of the exhibitions: the 13-metre-high Brachiosaurus skeleton, the primeval bird Archaeopteryx, Knut the Polar Bear, the amazing biodiversity wall and, of course, Tristan, the original skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex.

  • every Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 & 14:00
  • €4 in German (reduced: €2), for a 45-minute tour (plus admission)
  • tickets at the box office only, limited number of places available, no pre-booking
  • only in German

For further information about dates and events, please check our event calendar.

Evening at the Museum

Once a month, we open the Museum to our visitors in the evening for an exclusive tour with varying current or historic topics. The small number of visitors and the late hour will give you a very different experience, rounded off by a glass of wine, juice or water. This guided tour is also open for group bookings.

  • once a month on a Wednesday, 18:00 to 20:00
  • one-hour guided tour followed by a drink reception
  • €15.00 / reduced: €12.00 for 120 min
  • booking through visitor service required

For dates and topics, please check our event calendar.

After Work Tours

Groups of 10 or more people can book on this exclusive out-of-hours tour of the museum. The special atmosphere of a natural history museum at night makes this tour a truly extraordinary experience. In addition to guided tours of the museum highlights, you can also book tours of special exhibitions or on specific topics of your choice.

  • bookable between 18:00 and 22:00
  • min. 10 to max. 50 individuals
  • meeting point: Portal III, right side entrance to the Museum

Price per person for a 1h-programme (including  admission):

  • €12 in German / reduced: €9
  • €15 in English / reduced: €12

After-work Tours with Drinks
Exclusive evening tours can be booked in combination with a one or two-hour drink reception. We offer a choice of water, orange juice, white and red wine. Unfortunately, we cannot offer food or allow food to be brought in.

Price per person for a 2h-programme (1h guided tour + 1h drinks reception):

  • in German €20.00 (including admission, no reduction)
  • in English €25.00 (including admission, no reduction)

Price per person for a 3h-programme (1h guided tour + 2h drinks reception):

  • in German €30.00 (including admission, no reduction)
  • in English €35.00 (including admission, no reduction)
Celebrities from Berlin Zoo – Guided Tours for People with Dementia

Every month, we invite people with dementia and their families and carers to a special kind of guided tours, introducing Museum celebrities such as Knut the Polar Bear, Bobby the Gorilla and panda Bao Bao. Stories and anecdotes associated with these well-known favourites help participants to make an emotional connection, perhaps even inspire them to tell their own stories. The tour ends with a get-together over a cup of coffee, where sensory experiences take centre-stage. Hides of animals such as a lion can be explored by touch and various animal sounds guessed.
The programme was developed in close collaboration with the Malteser Hilfsdienst e.V. and continually supported by members of staff of the Museum and the Malteser Hilfsdienst.

  • monthly, on a Friday, 14:00-16:00
  • one-hour guided tour, followed by coffee and cake
  • €9.00 (including admission, coffee and cake), accompanying persons free of charge
  • number of participants: 6-10, group bookings only
  • all rooms and facilities are accessible for wheelchair users.
  • seats are available for the guided tour
  • guided tour in German

Currently, we cannot give booking dates.

Touch Tour Adventures for the Blind and Visually Impaired

We offer a variety of custom-made programmes for school classes and groups of adults with blind and visually impaired participants.

Touch Tour Adventure "Dinos & Fossils"
During the guided tour, children from age 6 learn how fossils were formed and what they can tell us about earlier forms of life. Ammonites, ichthyosaurs and real dinosaur bones can be explored by touch and the children can make a plaster cast of a fossil to take home.

  • children from primary one and teenagers
  • €4.00 (plus admission) for 120 min, accompanying persons free
  • number of participants:  max. 6 people, group bookings only
  • guided tour in German

After Hours Touch Tour Adventure
This touch tour gives participants the opportunity to get to know the Museum’s exhibitions at leisure and explore specimens such as fossils, minerals and mammal skulls by touch.

  • teenagers and adults
  • €7,00 (including admission) for 120 min, accompanying persons free
  • number of participants:  max. 6 people, group bookings only
  • guided tour in German

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