Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig

is a member of Leibniz Association

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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.
Groundbreaking 1912
100 Years of Museum Koenig
With laying of the cornerstone to the main building on September 3rd 1912 a new, large natural science museum was established in Bonn.
Member of the
Leibniz Association
As Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity, Museum Koenig focusses its research on important topics regarding the global biodiversity crisis.
Staying up-to-date
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, 11/20/2017 - 5:15pm
Birds in general and songbirds in particular are primarily known for their elaborate songs and/or conspicuous plumage coloration but not for their sense of smell. Probably because of the dominance of the acoustic and visual senses and the absence of any odour-guided behaviour, it has been assumed that birds lack a sense of smell.
Lecture | Students
Mon, 12/04/2017 - 5:15pm
Zebrafish imprint on visual (at day 5 post fertilization) and olfactory (at day 6 post fertilization) cues coming from kin siblings.