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.
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, Scientists
Mon, 01/18/2021 - 5:00pm
Chemical communication is the evolutionary oldest communication system in the animal kingdom. In amphibians, chemical signaling is well documented in caudates, but because anurans spend a lot of energy in acoustic signaling, chemical communication has received much less attention in this order. However, poison frogs for example use chemical communication during parental care behaviours: They transport their tadpoles to very small water bodies and chemically recognize and avoid cannibalistic tadpoles.
Lecture | Students, Scientists
Mon, 01/25/2021 - 5:00pm
Songbirds use vocalizations to communicate with conspecifics. I am investigating how this behavior supports large-scale social processes, and how it is controlled by the bird’s brain. To record vocal and neural activity from several individuals in a social group simultaneously, I exploit “on-bird” radio-telemetric transmission technology. This technique allows to unambiguously assign each vocalization to the bird it was emitted from while preserving the precise temporal relationship between vocal and neural activity of one bird, and between vocalizations of different birds.
Lecture | Students, Scientists
Mon, 02/01/2021 - 5:00pm
Previous studies have shown that post-glacial dispersal from human refugia and colonization has shaped up the current genetic structure of many human 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.