The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig

is a research museum of the Leibniz Association

Our mission

Discovering and explaining biodiversity

We carry out species-related biodiversity research and ensure the transfer of knowledge to researchers and the general public.

Core stocks are our zoological collections of more than 5 million units. Our research focusses on performing an inventory of the zoological species diversity on earth.

The results of research and the collections are made accessible to the public with permanent and temporary exhibitions and using other methods for public education.

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Your contribution
Support our exhibitions and research activities with donations, exhibit adoptions or become a Alexander Koenig Society member.
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As Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity, Museum Koenig focusses its research on important topics regarding the global biodiversity crisis.
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Events
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History
Birthplace of the Federal Republic
The parliamentary council convened in Museum Koenig on September 1st, 1948 for its opening session. The council drafted and adopted the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany.

The museum was founded by private scholar Alexander Koenig (1858-1940).
After World War II the exhibition hall became the birth place of the Federal Republic of Germany.
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ZFMK is situated in an ensemble of listed historic buildings. The impressive complex consists of Koenig Villa, Private Museum, Main Building and Clas M. Naumann building.
More on our buildings

Alexander Koenig Society has more than 600 members. Together they support the museum's research activities and the exhibitions and offer attractive programmes for kids, youth and adults.
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Events

Lecture | Students
Mon, 12/16/2019 - 5:15pm | Lecture hall
Pollination strategies of European orchidsOrchids display a wide variety of strategies for attracting insects that can act as pollen vector. During evolution the morphology of the orchid flower was adapted in various ways in order to match the preferences of the visiting insects. This resulted in different pollination strategies, from reward to deception and from allogamous to autogamous pollination.In this lecture the morphology of the orchid flower is discussed, followed by many examples showing the various relationships between orchid and pollinator.
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