Construction work in the Berlin Natural History Museum is scheduled to start in 2024

Construction work in the Berlin Natural History Museum is scheduled to start in 2024

After a strong financial injection, the Museum of Natural History in Mitte wants to enlarge. A science campus is to be developed together with the HU.

Construction work in the Berlin Natural History Museum is expected to start in 2024. "Since the work involves a high logistical effort, it can be expected that the exhibition will have to close for a certain period of time," said spokeswoman Gesine Steiner. The period has not yet been determined, but should be as short as possible.

The current visitor magnet - the skeleton of the Tyrannosaurus rex with the name "Tristan Otto" - will be on view until the end of January 2020, according to Steiner. Around 650,000 visitors saw him this year alone.

With a financial injection of more than half a billion euros, the Museum für Naturkunde wants to catch up with the world's great houses. In the next ten years, plans include a fivefold increase in the exhibition area to 25,000 square meters, a new building and the complete digitalization of the natural history collection with over 30 million objects.

Together with the Humboldt University, the museum wants to develop a science campus. New laboratories and workplaces are also planned for this. In addition, conference and event rooms are to be created. According to the spokeswoman, a master plan will be created for this in the coming months, which should be available in summer 2020. (AP)