Welcome to the Natural History Museum!
Visit fascinating special exhibitions like “Relation boxes - forms of living together in
nature” in the LWL-Museum of Natural History in Münster.
Visit our Exhibition!
Together, against each other, side by side - interactions between different living beings can be discovered everywhere in nature. On closer inspection, communities of life are found not only between animals or humans, but also between plants and even tiny microorganisms. Discover this diversity of coexistence in the special exhibition covering around 560 square metres. Learn why a fungus pulls the strings between two plants or why kinship influences the interaction between animals.
Workers, queens, soldiers - even in insects, related animals take on specialized tasks, thus creating huge, complex states. Learn why animals come together to form swarms, how these swarms function and why they are guided in a seemingly invisible way. Be impressed by the amount and variety of bacteria on and in our own body. Disgusting? No, it's a matter of life and death! But living together is not always to everyone's advantage.
You will be surprised at the sophisticated strategies that parasites have developed as beneficiaries in order to enter their host or even manipulate it specifically for their own purposes. The larvae of a parasitic worm live in the antennae of certain species of snails, causing them to swell and pulsate in colour. That way they seem like caterpillars and are eaten by birds, in which the worm then develops further. In the course of evolution, mutual adaptations of living beings that are closely related to each other occur time and again. We are currently experiencing this with multi-resistant pathogens that are resistant to all common antibiotic therapies and therefore represent a major problem for people who are ill.
The contents of the exhibition can be experienced by sight, touch and hearing, so that a visit is worthwhile for everyone.