The Society of Natural History, NHG
The Naturhistorische Gesellschaft, founded in 1801, is the greatest society for natural science
in Germany whose members work on a voluntary basis and which is widely known not only
in its centre area of Franconia, but far beyond the borders of Germany.|
About 2000 members can work on a scientific basis in 11 departments, amateurs as well
as experts. There are seminars, excursions, experimental scientific work, and ongoing
publications in the following fields: archaeology, prehistory, botany, ethnology, geology, karst
and speleology, mycology and herbalist studies, regional geography, entomology.
The Natural History Society also supports the Freiland-Aquarium and -Terrarium Stein (open-air terrarium and aquarium) in Stein near
Nuremberg, ´Megilo´, the archaeological playground, the nature reserve ´Külsheimer
Gipshügel´ near Bad Windsheim (owned by the society since 1905), the dolomitic cave
Windloch near Großmeinfeld, the gypsum cave of Höllern near Markt Nordheim, the Celtic
house Landersdorf, as well as archaeological projects in Germany and abroad.
In that way the Natural History Society offers its members a rich field of leisure activities.
All departments offer information and knowledge in their special fields in lectures,
excursions, seminars and publications. The cooperation with relevant institutes and scientists
offers opportunities for all to gain first-hand expert knowledge.
First-hand information - your advantages as a member
As a member of the Society of Natural History you may take part in all lectures free of charge
and without entrance fee. In addition, the latest programme is sent to you directly. You will
also receive the substantial yearbook ´Natur und Mensch´ (in German). The scientific
treatises, published regularly by the Society of Natural History, are available to you free of
You may find more information about our museum on the internet pages
You may find more information about our Freiland-Aquarium and -Terrarium on the internet pages
Tel.: 0911/22 79 70
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