Natural History Museum Vienna

Institution (Original name) 
Naturhistorisches Museum Wien
MAIN ADDRESS
Street 
Burgring 7
Postal code 
A-1010
City 
Vienna
POSTAL ADDRESS
Country 
Austria
Phone 

+43 1 52177-0

TYPE OF INSTITUTION
Type of institution 
Museum
LEGAL STATUS
Are you part of a larger entity / legal body? 
Yes
If yes, please specify  
Divested Federal Museum (Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture)
CETAF MEMBERSHIP
Category 
Full member
CETAF Official representative
Name, position, phone, e-mail, research field 

Dr. Ernst Vitek / Director of the Botanical Department / Phanerogams / Tel. +43 1 52177-243 / Fax: +43 1 52177-249 / ernst.vitek@nhm-wien.ac.at

Member of the Executive Committee? 
No
CETAF DEPUTY
OTHER STAFF MEMBERS WITH CONNECTIONS TO CETAF
Name, position, phone, e-mail, research field + Working Group or Project involved in 

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian Köberl / Tel. +43 1 52177-200 / Fax: +43 1 52177-578 / christian.koeberl@univie.ac.at / Impact Research, Planerary Geology, Lithospheric Research

Member of the Executive Committee? 
No
Director / legal representative of the institution (title, name, phone, e-mail, research field) 

CEO: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian Köberl / +43 1 52177-200 / christian.koeberl@univie.ac.at / Impact Research, Planerary Geology, Lithospheric Research CIO: HR Dr. Herbert Kritscher / +43 1 52177-201/ herbert.kritscher@nhm-wien.ac.at / Anthropology

PERSONNEL
Scientific staff 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
a) TOTAL scientific staff
b) Scientific staff linked to Collections
c) Post-docs / PhD students
d) Others (Associates, etc.)
TOTAL (a+b+c+d)
Other staff (administration etc.) 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
e) Exhibitions
f) Collection managers / technicians
g) Others
TOTAL (e+f+g)
R&D facilities
How many laboratories are in use in your institution? 
2
List of laboratories 
  1. Analytical electron microscopy facilities
  2. Laboratory of molecular systematics
List of key tools (e.g. SEM, 3D, scanners/printers,...) 
  1. Analytical electron microscopy facilities: Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEM): EDS, EBSD, monoCL Equipment: Jeol JSM 6610-LV, Jeol JSM 6400, Jeol JSM 5000 Neoscope Electron Microprobe (EMP): local (2 µm3) chemical analyses for elements (B-U) Equipment: Jeol JXA 8530-F
  2. Laboratory of molecular systematics: All equipment necessary for DNA extraction (e.g., DNA clean room, refrigerators, deep freezers, incubators, grinding mill, centrifuges), PCR amplification (thermocyclers) cloning (e.g., incubator, autoclave)
Other scientific / R&D facilities 
  1. Analytical electron microscopy facilities: Electron microscopy is applied to study objects down to micro- and even nanometer scale (0,000001 mm) in a structural or analytical way.
  • Morphology imaging of the studied object up to a magnification of 300000 times in a scanning electron microscope
  • Imaging of different chemical phases also up to a magnification of 300000 times
  • Detailed chemical analysis of the sample, in an electron microprobe down to trace elements (parts per million, ppm scale, 0,0001%)
  • Crystallographic information, internal deformation inside the studied object down to micrometer scale (0,001 mm)
  • Internal structures of the studied object (cathodoluminescence)

2. Laboratory of molecular systematics: In the DNA laboratory research projects concerning systematics, phylogeny, phylogeography, and population genetics are performed. The principle of molecular systematics is based on the fact that the similarity of the DNA molecule reflects the degree of relatedness between taxa. DNA sequencing is performed to clarify phylogenetic questions in the broadest sense, microsatellite analyses are performed for population analyses and genetic monitoring. In addition, the DNA laboratory harbours a DNA and tissue collection.

Exhibitions
List of permanent exhibitions  
Name 
Dauerausstellung
Name 
Anthropologie
Number of recent exhibitions 
10
Recent Temporary Exhibitions (< 2 years) 
Name 
Ways of knowledge – science at the Natural History Museum Vienna
Name 
Old masters – dinosaurs and meteorites
Name 
Xtremes – Life in extreme habitats
Name 
Treasures from the archives
Name 
Caves – landscapes without light
Name 
Hallstattfarben – textile connections between prehistory and art
Name 
Daniel Spoerri in the Natural History Museum Vienna – an incompetent dialogue?
Name 
Freeze! Dioramas and still lifes by Steinbrener/Dempf
Name 
Amazing Africa! - Photographs by Pascal Maitre
Name 
Skeletons in the closet - Photographs by Klaus Pichler
Number of current exhibitions 
4
Current Temporary Exhibitions 
Name 
HumanMicrobe. The Legacy of Robert Koch and Modern Infection Research
Name 
Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life
Name 
Trading in death – the final mass extinction?
Name 
Mariner 9
Number of future exhibitions 
5
Future exhibitions  
Name 
Orchids
Name 
Tschernobyl (photographs)
Name 
Mammoths
Name 
Human footprint (photographs)
Name 
Knowledge of things (cooperation with the University of Vienna)
RESEARCH FIELDS
RESEARCH FIELD 
Research Field 
Anthropology
Research Field 
History of Science
Research Field 
Botany
Research Field 
Geology
Research Field 
Palaeontology
Research Field 
Palaeontology
Research Field 
Petrography
Research Field 
Impact Research
Research Field 
Prehistory
Research Field 
Zoology
Scientific publications
Annual journals/series 

Annalen des naturhistorischen museums wien / series A, B, C

Digital copy of the latest annual report 
EARTH SCIENCES (Geology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards% recorded cards in database
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
...
LIFE SCIENCES (Zoology, Biology, Botany, Mycology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards % recorded cards in database
2.1
2.2
3.2
...
Total specimens (all collections) 
0
Outstanding collection features 

The Natural History Museum Vienna is one of the largest and most significant natural science museums in the world. Today it houses a collection of about 30 million specimens and artifacts. The collections of the NHM were founded in 1750 by Emperor Franz I. Stephan of Lorraine, the husband of Maria Theresa. The current building was completed in 1889. The museum has a total staff of around 300, including about 60 scientists. Research departments and collections include anthropology, botany, geology, meteorites, mineralogy, petrology, paleontology, prehistory, and zoology, as well as an archive and extensive libraries. Several technical departments, scientific laboratories, and taxidermy facilities complete the portfolio of the museum. Altogether, the NHM Vienna is one of the largest and most important research institutions in the geological and biological sciences in Austria.

Does your institution have an Index Seminum? 

No

Size and importance of living collections 

No living collections

Genetic Repositories
Does your institution have a DNA bank? 
Yes
Number of DNA samples 
3 507
Does your institution have a seed bank? 
Yes
DNA or seed sample exchange 

Yes (sporadically). DNA and tissue samples with researchers from other institutions (universities, museums etc.)

COLLECTION’S RELATED INFORMATION
Number of outgoing loans (parcels / specimens) per year 
6.582 outgoing loans in 2012
Number of accessions (specimens) per year 
12.715 specimens/series in 2012
Number of scientific visitors per year 
1500
MAIN AREAS OF TAXONOMIC EXPERTISE 
Areas of taxonomic expertise are numerous, wide-ranging and complex; consequently, it does not make sense to reduce them to a few keywords
COMMUNICATION MATERIAL
Main activities of communication and outreach 
Logo 
Printed news 
Contact person at your institution for communications / press / external relations (name, position, phone, e-mail) 

Dr. Ernst Vitek / Director of the Botanical Department / Tel. +43 1 52177-243 / ernst.vitek@nhm-wien.ac.at

Visitors
Last year:  
564 512
Trends (past and future) 

continuous significant increase of visitor numbers since 2010 2010: 527.744 2011: 552.997 2012: 564.512 2013: 574.318 by Oct. 15th 2013

Website visitors
Last year  
500 000
Institution news
Career opportunities
Research updates
Workshops / Events
Online media galleries
If your institution is involved with non-university-based teaching or education programmes, please describe them & the partners 

http://www.oead.at (Österreichischer Austauschdienst = Austrian Exchange Service) http://www.kulturkontakt.or.at (Kulturkontakt Austria = Cultural Contact Austria) www.wienxtra.at (wienXtra, Freizeitaktionen = leisure time acitivities, Infos & Beratung für Kinder, Jugendliche & Erwachsene = information and advice for children, youth and adults)

If your institution is involved with universities in teaching or education programmes, please name and describe them 

Quite a number of scientists are teaching at university, attachment “NHM Vienna Annual Report 2012”, page 185-187

If your institution is involved in online courses, please describe them and the partners 

No

If your institution is involved in training projects, please describe them and the partners 

No

Other relevant information on education and / or training carried out 

Numerous programmes

Contact person at your institution for education / teaching / training (name, position, phone, e-mail) 

Mag. Gertrude Zulka-Schaller / +43 1 52177-258 / gertrude.schaller@nhm-wien.ac.at

Last update 
11.23.16