Senckenberg Naturmuseum in Frankfurt
International scholars and their families joined the Welcome Centre's trip to one of the largest Natural History Museums in Germany.
Last Saturday, Nov. 12th, I joined the trip to Senckenberg Naturmuseum, organized by the Welcome Centre of the Philipps-Universität Marburg.
It was a nice day. We met at 9:20 a.m. before the bookstore at the train station of Marburg. Marcela, the guide of our group, was waiting for us, and she gave each of us a program of the trip with detailed information on the time of train departure, arrival at Frankfurt, and the guided tour at the museum etc., which was helpful for time management. Then we took the train to Frankfurt together. For those people who didn’t have a Semester ticket, the “Hessen Ticket” was provided by the Welcome Centre.
When we arrived at the museum around 11 a. m, two tour guides were ready there to show us around. They asked us what we like to see most so that we could focus on it first, because there is so much to see. Our group decided to see the dinosaurs first. The Museum presents the most extensive collection of dinosaurs in Germany. The professional guide explained to us in detail, different ages, different parts of the skeletons, where they were discovered and how they were treated, and so on. Then he led us to the exhibition of “Grube Messel” (the Messel pit), the first UNESCO world natural heritage in Germany. The well preserved fossils of bowfins, alligators, frogs, turtles and many other animals give us an idea of life about 50 million years ago. We also went to other sections, Rocks and Minerals, Anatomy in Glass Jars, Evolution of Man, to name just a few.
After the guided tour, we were free to enjoy our time. Some people chose to stay at the museum to see a little more, others joined Marcela to Hauptwache, the city center, where you can grab some lunch or do some shopping.
At 5 p.m. we met again at the Frankfurt am Main Hauptbahnhof, and took the train back to Marburg. It was really an interesting and educational trip!
By: Xiaohui Wang