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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Leibniz Association
As Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity, Museum Koenig focusses its research on important topics regarding the global biodiversity crisis.
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Check out our event calendar and ind exciting events, guided tours and programmes.
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.
Learn more about our history

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.
More on our engagement (german)


Lecture | Students
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 5:00pm
Dr. Christof Schenck | Director of theFrankfurt Zoological Societytitel: Welcome on the Titanic - navigating around three icebergs and mitigating impactsAbstrakt:Never before in the history of mankind has the scenario of global, home-made disasters been more realistic. The three planetary crises (climate change, loss of biodiversity and pandemics) are closely linked.
Lecture | Students
Mon, 12/07/2020 - 5:00pm
Discovering and Describing Diversity — From Deep-Sea to the ShoreEkin TilicInstitute of Evolutionary Biology, Univ. BonnExploration of our oceans continues to reveal unknown animal species. On average 2000 new marine species are described each year. The discovery of new and curious organisms inhabiting the deep-sea might seem expected; however, the vast number of undescribed species are not limited to these remote habitats. In fact, we still keep finding new species in some of the most studied coastal environments.
Lecture | Students
Mon, 02/01/2021 - 5:15pm
Previous studies have shown that post-glacial dispersal from human refugia and colonization has shaped up the current genetic structure of manyhuman societies, yet it is not completely clear what temporal and spatial features are behind the current genetic structure of peoples of the Caucasus and explicitly how that relates to paleolithic and mesolithic populations throughout Eurasia and Africa.