The State Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart contains one of the most important scientific collections in Europe with over 12 million objects and is the third largest research museum in Germany. The collections are continually being expanded under the aspects of >research and presentation<. The combination of natural history research and a wide range of knowledge transfer through diverse educational and public relations work is characteristic of the Natural History Museum. In the Museum am Löwentor, the focus is on paleontology and geology. The redesign of the permanent exhibition will be completed with a further exhibition area “Tertiary – Born from the Catastrophe”.
This area, which is to be redesigned, consists of two sub-areas that are to be staged differently. The first part tells the story of the extinction of the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period: from volcanism to an asteroid impact and climate change. With the subsequent Tertiary, the age from the asteroid impact 66 million years ago to the Ice Age 2.6 million years ago, the era of mammals begins. The museum would like an emotional staging for this area. The second, objectively staged section deals with the five major extinction events of contemporary history, the "Big Five", and the climate. The context of this time and its events must be prepared in an understandable way and the exhibits must be staged in a contemporary manner. With our exhibition design, we want to make visitors curious and interact with the exhibits.