Researching and exhibiting at the Leibniz research museums

We - the German Maritime Museum - are one of eight Leibniz research museums. We research, preserve, exhibit and communicate maritime history in its global context - 

What is a "research museum"? A museum where individuals do research and visitors* marvel at research? A museum that reflects research and whose exhibitions meet particularly high scientific standards? There is no generally valid definition of a "research museum" in the Leibniz Association either. But everyone agrees: the title is associated with special tasks that set it apart from other institutions. A research museum is a place where experts - usually behind the scenes - search for knowledge. A place where these findings are explained to visitors. A research museum is a place that invites communication. A house that sends you on a journey of discovery. A place of social enlightenment through encounters with questions that move society. The eight research museums of the Leibniz Association combine research and educational mission in a special way. In addition to permanent and special exhibitions, extensive research on the history of the earth, biodiversity and the history of culture and technology is carried out here. The unique collections comprise well over a hundred million objects and form the foundation for science. With their exhibitions, the museums reach millions of people every year and thus make an important contribution to the transfer of knowledge.

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Further Links

Deutschlandfunk, 6. Nov. 2018: Forschungsmuseen - mehr als eine Wunderkammer

The German Mining Museum Bochum is a renowned research institute

German Mining Museum, Bochum


Website of the German Mining Museum


The Deutsche Museum is the largest scientific and technical museum in the world. It communicates scientific and technical knowledge and developments in a comprehensible and lively way.

German Museum, Munich


Website of Deutsche Museum


The German Maritime Museum in Bremerhaven is a research museum of the Leibniz Society and a place of education and dialogue. At the core of our work are maritime issues of relevance to society as a whole.

German Maritime Museum, Bremerhaven




The museum explores the art and culture of the German-speaking countries in their international networks and communicates research results in the form of dialogical educational experiences.

Germanic National Museum, Nuremberg


Website of Germanisches Nationalmuseum


With over 30 million collection objects and a public museum with 6500 square meters of exhibition space, the Museum für Naturkunde is the largest German natural history museum and one of the five largest worldwide.

Museum of Natural History, Berlin


Website of Museum of natural history


We are also one of the eight research museums of the Leibniz Association. With our two museums in Mainz and the branch offices in Neuwied and the volcanic Eifel Mayen, we convey archaeological research from the origins of man up to the Middle Ages.

Roman-Germanic Central Museum, Mainz


Website of Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum


The Senckenberg Society for Nature Research investigates the role of biodiversity in the Earth System. The three Senckenberg nature museums in Frankfurt am Main, Görlitz and Dresden show the diversity of life today and the development of the Earth over millions of years.

Senckenberg Naturmuseen, Frankfurt, Görlitz und Dresden


Website of Senckenberg


The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig is one of the largest natural history research museums in Germany. The museum has earned its leading reputation through the documentation, research and explanation of biodiversity.

Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig, Bonn


Website of Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig


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