The Natural History Museum in Mainz is the largest museum of natural science in Rhineland-Palatinate. The life and Earth science related collection consisting of items from habitats in Rhineland-Palatinate and its partner country Rwanda provide the basis for the museum's scientific research.
The museum evolved from the collections of the natural research institute "Rheinische Naturforschende Gesellschaft" (est. 1834). The State Collection of Natural History of Rhineland-Palatinate, a scientific archive on the biological and geological history of Rhineland-Palatinate, became a part of the museum in 1988. A marsupial wolf (Tasmanian tiger) and Java rhinoceros can be found among the exhibits alongside mounted specimens of plains zebras from South Africa (Quaggas).
Thanks to the extensive collection of exhibits of national and international importance, the historic exhibition building in the heart of Mainz, the expert knowledge of the museum's team and the widely acknowledged scientific research activities, the institution appeals to young and old alike. The Natural History Museum is open to everyone regardless of culture, origin, ability, age, education or religion.
The museum's team is currently developing modern exhibitions and quality assurance standards for the collections. In future, new standards will also be set with regard to the preservation of cultural heritage, which will serve other natural science facilities as well.