A new Natural History Museum for Hamburg
Visitors will probably be able to experience the new Natural History Museum ("Evolutioneum") at a central, attractive location in the Hanseatic City by the end of the 2020s. Following a site potential analysis, the steering group of the Hamburg Senate voted in November 2022 in favour of Baufeld 51 in HafenCity as the location. This is located in Elbtorquartier between Überseeallee, Shanghaiallee and Hongkongstraße in the immediate vicinity of HafenCity University (HCU) and the International Maritime Museum Hamburg (IMMH).
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Visualisation of the site at Magdeburger Hafen (construction site 51) in Hafencity
Photo: © Winking Froh Architekten
Location of the Baufeld 51 site in HafenCity
Photo: UHH, Engels
Prof. Dr. Matthias Glaubrecht, Scientific Project Manager new Museum / Evolutioneum
In the triad of research, collection and exhibition, the new house will continue the history of the Hamburg Museum of Natural History, which was destroyed in the Second World War, as an integrative research museum of the 21st century. Outstanding scientific collections with over ten million original objects and an infrastructure for biodiversity and evolutionary research in the fields of zoology, geology-palaeontology and mineralogy form the core pieces for the exhibition concept.
As part of the Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change (LIB), the research museum will investigate changes in biological diversity worldwide and discuss central questions of our present together with the public. The Evolutioneum attaches great importance to the role of humans and their influence on nature. After all, in times of rapid environmental change, from climate to habitats and living organisms, humans have long since become a decisive factor in evolution.
Currently, parts of the collection can be visited at the three locations of the Museum of Nature Hamburg. With the new building, the three locations will finally be reunited under one roof.