We found you a very special Christmas picture:
Pyroxene crystals from the Martian meteorite Tissint. This image was acquired using the new scanning electron microscope at the NHM Vienna.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
Our chinese plastic dinosaur is being whiped into shape before it´ll hunt young and old through the museum on the 24th of december at 10.00 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Funny coincidence: Our colleague Edi Hofbauer is preparing a horses thorax on the dissecting table to be shock frostet.
What would the dinosaur fancy more - the horse or Edi?
Sea eagles are Austrians heraldic animals. From 1946 they applied to be extincted. Due to intense safety precautions the domestic population recovered. The first succesfull offspring was recorded in 2001. Today there are 17 sea eagle couples breeding in Austria.
Anyways sea eagles are highly endangered, cases of contamination and shooting occured the past years.
Learn more about the sea eagle, why they are endangered and how they can be protected in our special exhibition "Trading in death - the final mass extinction?"
Copyright: WWF Canon/Chris Martin BAHR
This 35.000 years old cave bear (Ursus spelaeus) from Hieflau (Styria) is the only known complete skeleton of a juvenile cave bear with an age of 7 months. These bears lived only during the winter season in caves where they give birth to their cubs. During the warm season, they lived in the woods searching for plants. It is still unclear why this juvenile died in the cave.
© Lois Lammerhuber
Venus of Willendorf is moving: From 25th of November until spring 2015 our halls 11 to 13 are being closed due to realignments. Venus of Willendorf will be shown in hall 4, where she can be visited, neighbouring diamonds, smaragds and gold nuggets, till the reopening in 2015.
How will planet Mars look like in a hundred years? Did mankind exploit not only planet earth but also our neighbour planet?
In her multimedia installation Mariner 9 Canadian artist Kelly Richardson presents possible prognoses. More
Five months ago two kestrel babies were nesting at the facade of the Natural History Museum. Scientists recovered them in a reckless maneuver to examine the little birds. On wednesday, 11th of december 2013, Petra Sumasgutner and Tom Gaspar from the University of Vienna, will talk about kestrels, how they live, what they eat, why they love Wilhelminian-style houses and how we can help them survive in the city.
Lecture in German