Vivarium im Staatlichen Museum für Naturkunde


City: Karlsruhe

Country: Germany

State: Baden-Würtemberg


Opend 1938/1948


Species 180

This, together with the Museum of Natural History Berlin is probably the largest museum of its kind in Germany, and the only one that beside stuffed animals and fossils, shows live animals  

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Last visit: 2007


Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde

Erbprinzenstrasse 13

D - 76133 Karlsruhe



Phone Nr.: 0721-175-2111



Open: minimum Tuesday-sunday 10am-5pm, closed 1st january, shrove tuesday , the 24th, 25th and 31st december



  • Adult 7,- Euro
  • Child 2,- Euro
  • Familly card 14,- Euro
Tickets from the zoo give a discount at the museum

Annual card

  • Adult 18 Euro
  • Child 14 Euro


The story goes back to the Margravine Caroline Louise. She collected curiosities and natural history items during the years 1752-83. These were made accessible in 1785 to the public as a natural history collection. The present building dates back from the years 1866-72, where it was built as a courtesy Library and natural history collection. The Vivarium startet at the elementary school Daxlanden in 1938 for teaching purposes and consisted of several aquariums and terrariums. More and more citizens watched this show until 1944, the school was then bombed by the allied. Some of the animals were then placed in 1948 in the basement  and made ‚Äč‚Äčopen for public again (because the museum was also unfortunately Bombed). The exhibition grew quickly and in 1962 moved to its present location at the ground floor.

The  aquariumdepartment of the vivarium has over 30 aquariums and shows in particular the world of the tropical fresh water, the Mediterranean and the coral reef. Shown are fish like archer fish, arowanas and cave tetra. In the large terrarium reptiles and amphibians are shown like the angelhead lizards, Aufenbergs dragons and Wagler's Temple Viper.



DE: Die Aquarienabteilung des Vivarium hat über 30 Aquarien und zeigt insbesondere die Welt des tropischen Süsswassers, des Mittelmeeres und des Korallenriffs. Es werden fische wie Schützenfische, Gabelbärte und Höhlensalmler gezeigt. In der grossen Terrarienabteilung werden Reptilien und Amphibien gezeigt, wie die Winkelkopfagamen, monitors und Wagler's pit viper.


DK: Dette er en af Tysklands største naturhistoriske museer og den eneste i Tyskland med ett tilknyttet Vivarium, der har en 30 akvarier med fisk som clownfisken (Nemo), men ligeledes en større afdeling med Krybdyr og Padder.
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