Naturalis Biodiversity Center

A national museum of natural history and a research center on biodiversity in Leiden, the Netherlands.

Naturalis manages the majority of the Dutch natural history collections. The total collection of Naturalis Biodiversity Center is the third-largest among the top five in the world and has 37 million objects. The museum informs the public about the earth's biodiversity. An important part of this is the educational programs for primary and secondary education.

Naturalis Biodiversity Center has, despite its new name as an organization, a venerable long history. On August 9, 1820 King William I decided on the foundation of the National Museum of Natural History. In 1878, the geological and mineralogical collections were separated into the National Museum of Geology and Mineralogy. Eventually the collections were brought back together, more than a hundred years later. This led in 1998 to the establishment of the National Museum of Natural History. It was opened on April 7 of that year by former Dutch Queen Beatrix.

 

ESTABLISHED

1820

DIRECTOR

Edwin van Huis

Location

Leiden, The Netherlands

ONSITE VISITS

300,000+ (2014)

ONLINE VISITS

755,000+ (2014)

FACEBOOK FANS

8,000+

TWITTER FOLLOWERS

6,500+

Team

INTK, collaborators and freelancers responsible for projects developed with Naturalis.

Rui Guerra

INTK co-founder and strategist

Janique Smeets

Online communication specialist at INTK

Esther Herberts

Esther Herberts

Web advisor & Web marketer at Naturalis

Robin Heerink

Robin Heerink

Junior web editor at Naturalis

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