Hall 6 - The Earth

A dynamic Planet

from 22. February 2023
Rearrangement of the permanent exhibition area.
In Hall 6 - the former “Kaisersaal” - the new exhibition focuses on the structure of the Earth as well as the beginning of the Anthropocene. It shows that life on earth as we know it could have also turned out quite differently! The exhibition was designed by the architectural firm Schuberth und Schuberth.

Anyone who associates geology only with boring rocks will be surprised by the new exhibition at the NHM Vienna, which is equipped with many hands-on objects and demonstrates how comprehensively the earth sciences are trying to decipher the processes of our planet today. The boundaries between scientific disciplines have long been blurred, and from rocks the path quickly leads to the atmosphere and hydrosphere or to the world of microbes.
Instead of presenting a systematics of rocks, the exhibition illuminates the manifold relationships between the lithosphere and the biosphere. The arc spans from the structure of the Earth to the Anthropocene, the age in which humans began to emerge as a geological force. While you playfully create mountains at an interactive station, you learn that it was plate tectonics that made life possible – until today – through its cycles lasting millions of years. Surprisingly, the great revolutions of life, such as the invention of photosynthesis and the colonization of the mainland by plants, also had a direct influence on the rocks and changed the face of the Earth forever. Life colored
the planet!

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