Hamburg re-establishes a major Natural History Center: CeNak

Tuesday, 28 April, 2015
CeNak Announcement

It was founded in 1843. Then, it opened to the public in 1891, close to Hamburg's principal railway station on Steinstorwall. It was the second largest museum of Natural History in Germany and the most popular with the public. But then came the war. On the night of July 30th 1943, Hamburg's Natural History Museum was destroyed.

Now, after 70 years, Hamburg's authorities have launched a new major center for research and education. CeNaK fuses together 3 highly-regarded institutions from the City of Hamburg, The Zoological Museum, The Mineralogical Museum and The Geological & Palaeontological Museum, into a brand new body linked to the University of Hamburg. Dr. Matthias Glaubrecht, Director of the Zoological Museum, has been appointed as Scientific Director of the new Center.

CeNak (Centrum für Naturkunde) now regroups the three natural history collections. 12 millions scientific objects of high value for research, all under one management. The goal is two-fold: to hold these collections and give them better accessibility for researchers in taxonomy, systematics, biodiversity, evolution… but also to bridge the gap between science and society by creating a new window for research highly visible to the general public. As such, the creation of CeNak is merely just the first phase of a much larger project that would bring the collections under one roof and give the city a new full-fledged Natural History Museum. Thus, the city of Hamburg intends to position itself internationally not just as a trade hub but also as a city of knowledge and science.

More info at


 CeNak website