Stuttgart State Museum of Natural History, Stuttgart

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The State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart, abbreviated SMNS, is one of the two state of Baden-Württemberg's natural history museums. Together with the State Museum of Natural History Karlsruhe it is one of the most important repositories for state-owned natural history collections.Exhibitions are shown in two buildings, both situated in the Rosenstein park in Stuttgart: the Löwentor Museum houses the paleontology and geology exhibitions, while the Museum Rosenstein in Rosenstein Palace focuses on biology and natural history. Every year, the SMNS is visited by about 110,000 people.HistoryPrior to World War II, the natural history collection of Baden-Württemberg was located at the Neckarstraße in downtown Stuttgart. A part of the exhibits were destroyed during the war, when the original building was destroyed by fire after Allied bombing. Luckily, most of the exhibits were sourced out and survived the war. Some specimens were also recovered form the rubble of the destroyed old museum building, including a spectacular plesiosaur today mounted in 3D in the Löwentor Museum exhibition.The biological specimens of the State's collection are displayed at the castle Rosenstein since 1954. For the paleontological collection, the construction of a new exhibition building began in 1981 and was finished in 1985.The principal exhibition area of Löwentor Museum consists of a single room, made up of three floors and over 3500 square meters (37'600 square feet) of exhibition area. The room has a height of up to 11 meters.
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  • superb in general; The level of detail is just right, from the views of the labs, the fossilised cross-sections hanging on the walls, the walk through time-periods (colour-coded) and the stand-out Mam...  more »
  • very complete, little expensive Museum in family fare, with lots of animals stuffed or fossilized...
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  • During the cold weather we had put us with 3 children in the kindergarten age to explore the natural history museum. At first, we were at the Museum am Löwentor to marvel at dinosaurs. Then we ran about 10 minutes by the Rosensteinpark Museum in the Schloss Rosenstein. There, the children were fascinated by the many animals. The cabinets are beautifully designed, and there was much to discover. As a snake in the grass or a small bird in the Bush, who discovered the next animal. Wilhelma (very much recommended) offers so many interesting animals, but very often the animals are hiding. Here, you can explore the animals of all alone of the earthworm to the whale. Since it was very entertaining, the children have endured 2 museums. Even the playground which lies between the two museums is helpful. The price €6 for both museums is more than fair, the children up to 6 years have free admission.
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