The development of the zoological collection already began through the work of Friedrich Karl of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt in the 18th century.
The Natural History Museum acts as a repository for dead animals found in the Saalfeld-Rudolstadt district. In this way, animals constantly enter the collection, with which the archive of the regional fauna is expanded. The arrivals are scientifically processed and prepared. Specific collection purchases enrich the collections, as does the donation of animal material from zoos and animal parks or from private breeders, primarily prepared for the display and teaching collections.
The objects in the collections date back over three centuries and thus not only represent a piece of scientific history, but are also an archive of life, draw pictures of the fauna of past times and show changes in the environment and biodiversity. They are resources for science and research. We are working on making the collections digitally available and visible. For research enquiries, please feel free to contact us.