Museum Frankfurt


In the diverse exposition areas of the Senkenberg Museum innumerable exiting exhibits are on display. Many of them are very rare or even unique. Following list specifies some specimens of special interest from the different exposition areas. 


Anaconda – a giant snake
The anaconda is probably the biggest snake in the world. Here you can see the huge prey (capybara) the snake is capable to swallow unground.


Triceratops – a well-fortified herbivore
This original skull posed as model for the logo of the Senckenberg Museum.

Urpferdchen Propalaeotherium hassiacum 

Propaleotherium – a dwarf-horse from the Messel Pit
This early horse (Propalaeotherium hassiacum) lived about 50 millions years ago. Its shoulder height was only about 55 to 60 cm.


Edmontosaurus – a "dinosaur-mummy"
With this unique fossilized “dinosaur-mummy” from Wyoming (USA) you may recognize an almost complete preserved skeleton, some skin imprints as well as a horny mouth.


Placodus – a "shell-cracker"
In the case of this aquatic reptile often just teeth are preserved. The skeleton exposed here is the only complete one in the world!


Rhamphorhynchus – a small pterosaur
Our exhibition shows the original skeleton of a Rhamphorhynchus - one of the most beautiful specimens of Solnhofen Limestones.


“Lucy“ – our first mother?
“Lucy” is the nickname of the oldest, almost complete skeleton of an  Australopithecus afarensis, which is reconstructed here walking upright.

Our new "human evolution" section is still in progress.


Fin whale – a giant of the seas
The fin whale is the second biggest animal on earth. Would you like to stand inside its mouth or its stomach? This is possible at the Senckenberg Museum.

Mastodon - Amerikanisches Mammut American mammoth – a well known movie star
The American mammoth became famous due to the motion picture “Ice Age”. This specimen, with its impressive tusks, is the only one exposed in Europe.
floureszierendes Mineral

Minerals – glistening rocks
In our exposition of minerals and rocks you could find luminescent (fluorescent) treasures.


Child mummy – a fascinating preservation
The mummies of two children are an exiting highlight for visitors of the Egyptian exposition. Both of the young boys died at the age of six to nine years – about 2000 years ago.

Komodowaran Komodo monitor– an island dragon
A remarkable attraction of our reptiles exposition is the biggest extant lizard. The Komodo monitor can grow up to three metres in length. Its bite causes blood poisoning and can be deadly.

Moresnetia – a prehistoric seed plant 
One of the first seed plants is Moresnetia, which lived 370 million years ago. You could find it in our exposition of fossil plants.



Quagga – an eradicated species
These savage horses were eradicated in the wild in 1878. The last animal in captivity died at the Zoo of Amsterdam in 1833. Just 24 specimens are preserved in museums worldwide.



Sawfish –  a big ray
The sawfish can grow up to five metres in length. It is among the rays and not the sharks, since its gills do not open sidewards as in sharks but downwards. What is actually the function of the saw?

Elche im Diorama

Elks – drawn from life
In eight dioramas we show mammals in their natural habitats. Elks live in the boreal forests of northern Europe. Sometimes they venture out to coastal areas.



Japanese spider crab – deep sea giant
The span length between their outspread scissors can reach up to three metres . They live in a depth of 200 metres and feed on carrion.


Giant huntsman spider – rediscovered
After a first description in 1933 it fell into oblivion. In 2001 the Senckenberg's researcher Dr. Jäger rediscovered it. The spider has a leg's span length of up to 30 centimetres.

Eich- bzw. Heldbockkäfer

Great capricorn beetle – a magnitude
Not only the tropics highlight huge insects, but also Germany. The great capricorn beetle can grow up to five centimetres in length. Not to forget its antennae, twice as long as itself.