Stuttgart State Museum of Natural History

How Life Developed

The State Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart invites its visitors on a journey back to prehistoric times. From fossils to replicas of animals and plants, there is much to admire that once called the earth home millions of years ago. Among the many exhibits is the “Steinheim Skull,” which, at around 300,000 years old, is one of the oldest Central European human finds.

With a collection of over 12 million objects, the Natural History Museum houses one of the largest of its kind in Germany. In addition to numerous permanent exhibitions, there are also regularly changing special exhibitions that illuminate different aspects of life on earth.

The Stuttgart Museum’s exhibitions are spread across two separate exhibition buildings, between which lies the beautiful Rosenstein Park.

Museum at the Lion Gate

The exhibitions at the Museum am Löwentor focus entirely on paleontology – i.e. life in prehistoric times, long before the first humans walked the earth. The lifelike reconstructions of ancient landscapes, as well as dinosaurs and various other animal species, offer a deeper insight into life in the world millions of years ago. The absolute highlight of the Lion Gate Museum should probably be the aforementioned Steinheim skull, which is considered one of the oldest fossil human finds in Central Europe.

Rosenstein Castle

Once built under the reign of King Wilhelm I of Württemberg, the magnificent Rosenstein Castle was converted into a museum in 1954. A large part of the first exhibitions at this time was made up of the natural history collection of the Dukes of Württemberg.

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