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.
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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.
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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.
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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, 10/29/2018 - 5:15pm | Lecture hall
Unexplored hotspot: Spatial, temporal and environmental drivers of butterfly and moth biodiversity on Mount Cameroon"Mount Cameroon is a unique mountain for numerous reasons: the highest mountain in West/Central Africa, active volcano, only altitudinal gradient of continuous rainforest from lowland till timberline in the Afrotropics, extreme seasonality, and one of the rainiest places in the world. Although being an important part of the global biodiversity hotspot, almost nothing is known about its ecosystems.
Lecture | Students
Mon, 12/17/2018 - 5:15pm | Lecture hall
After the wall came down, the majority of farmers of a whole region of 13,000 ha within the Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve decided to switch to organic farming. More than 95 % of the farmland area has been managed by organic farming (mostly Demeter) since (Chorin-Brodowin reference area). Breeding bird monitoring using territory mapping plots and point counts was started in 1995 on representative plots in the whole Biosphere reserve and in the Chorin-Brodowin reference area in 1997.