Collection of algae cultures

The Georg-August-Universität Göttingen's collection of algae cultures (international acronym SAG) is one of the largest and oldest culture collections of microalgae and cyanobacteria in the world. As a biological resource centre, it serves science, teaching and biotechnology worldwide.

Old Botanical Garden

Located in the Johann Friedrich Blumenbach Institute for Zoology and Anthropology at the University of Göttingen, the Zoological Museum houses well over 100,000 taxidermied animals in jars, boxes and crates. Many of them are precious treasures.

The Experimental Botanical Garden

The New Botanical Garden is the experimental test garden of the University of Göttingen: scientific research, plant cultivation for teaching, environmental education, conservation of endangered species and information for the population will find their place there.

Forest Botanical Garden and Plant Geographical Arboretum

The forest botanical garden in Hann. Münden was opened in 1870 under the direction of garden master ZABEL (1828-1912). The garden was intended to provide forestry students with illustrative material and the opportunity to carry out breeding work and other research.

Forest zoological and wildlife biology collections

Insects, birds and huntable game species can be viewed in the collections of the Forest Zoology and Forest Protection Department. The objects come primarily from southern Lower Saxony. In addition to antler and horn specimens, Wilhelm Georg Glimmann's extensive historical collection of birds of prey, owls and gallinaceous birds should be highlighted.

Geoscientific collections

The Geosciences Museum at the University of Göttingen is one of the few museums in Lower Saxony with publicly accessible exhibition areas on geology, mineralogy and paleontology.

University herbarium

The Herbarium (international acronym GOET) has over 800,000 herbarium specimens of plants worldwide, of which more than 10,000 are type specimens. The oldest collections today include that of Friedrich Ehrhardt, as well as a collection of plants from the South Seas, which was collected by Georg Forster and given to the university.

Collection of the Department of Livestock Sciences (DNTW)

Teaching collection that includes animal skeletons, animal skulls, historical animal models, wool and fur samples, glass plate positives and measuring instruments, some of which can be dated to the beginning of the 20th century and come primarily from field research.

Comparative collections of palynology

In the Department of Palynology and Climate Dynamics, pollen and spores are collected to research the history of vegetation. The collection is purely a research and teaching collection and is not exhibited.

Pharmacognostic collection

The collection, founded in 1836, contains medicinal plants from the 19th century. Many of them are preserved in the original jars and boxes. In addition to herbal drugs, there are some animal preparations such as musk glands and elk claws. One of the special features is a piece of bark from the “shirt tree” that Alexander von Humboldt collected in South America.

Biodiversity Museum

Located in the Johann Friedrich Blumenbach Institute for Zoology and Anthropology at the University of Göttingen, the biodiversity museum houses well over 100,000 taxidermied animals in jars, boxes and crates. Many of them are precious treasures.

Wildlife Science

Wildlife science deals with the interactions between wild animals and their habitats in different ecosystems. The origin of the collection goes back to the wildlife biology research and teaching activities of the Forestry Academy founded in Hannoversch Münden in 1868. Today the collection features exhibits of domestic and exotic wildlife, with a focus on mammal antlers and horns.

Collection of botanical wet specimens

In addition to the Botanical Garden and herbarium, the Botanical Institute had extensive collections of wet specimens, woods, seeds and fruits around 1900. The collection of wet specimens has survived to this day. Similar to human anatomical or zoological specimens, plants, plant parts and fruits were permanently preserved in their full plastic form and - for a limited period of time - also in their colour by soaking them in alcoholic or formalin-based solutions.

Palaeo-Ethnobotanical Collection Willerding

From 1960 to 2010, the palaeo-ethnobotanist Prof. Dr Ulrich Willerding collected botanical material from archaeological excavations himself or received it for processing.

Agronomy Collection

Objects: storage and demonstration containers with original seeds (1900); about 100 large-format, hand-made teaching posters from the end of the 1950s; about 80 weed posters by Emil Korsmo from the 1930s

Botanical educational panels

The University of Göttingen preserves a collection of over 2000 educational charts that have been used in the teaching of botany since the end of the 19th century. On the one hand, published series of teaching charts were acquired, on the other hand, individual charts were continuously produced for use in the lecture theatre, partly by the researchers and lecturers themselves, mostly by the institute's draughtsmen.

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