Museum of Natural History & the Environment


The museums in Lübeck are open. Please pay attention to the applicable hygiene regulations.

The Museum for natural history and the environment brings the flora and fauna in the Lübeck region within reach. There is also a wide range of events, trips and holiday programmes to look forward to. 

The museum for natural history and the environment gives fascinating insights into the natural history of Schleswig-Holstein. But it also offers an interesting journey of discovery into the diverse flora and fauna in the Lübeck area.

Around 11 million years ago , several different species of whales lived here in the Miocene Sea. Fossilised skeletons of whales were found close to Groß Pampau, a find that is quite unique in Europe and now on display in the Museum for Natural History and the Environment.
One of the most prominent items on display from the present day is the skeleton of a sperm whale. The gigantic 14-metre-long skeleton of a sperm whale stranded off the Danish island of Römö in December 1997 is displayed in the glass annex in the cathedral courtyard.

The large, experience nature exhibition is called "In the realm of Aquarius" and presents a fascinating and new way of looking at the local rivers, the river Trave and Wakenitz and the nearby Baltic Sea.

Johann Julius Walbaum, a Lübeck physician, professed an interest in understanding nature. His estate formed the basis of Lübeck's museum for natural history. Thanks to his generosity, the museum has the longest history of any of the museums in Lübeck.

The museum for natural history and the environment offers a wealth of museum educational activities, lectures, seminars, holiday programmes, trips and events. There are also many different current topics in the special exhibitions.

Opening Times:
Tues - Fri: 9 am - 5 pm
Sat - Sun: 10 am - 5 pm,

Adults        € 6.00
Reduced    € 3.00
Children     € 2.00
You will find a complete price list here.

Museum of natural history and the environment
Musterbahn 8, 23552 Lübeck
Tel.: +49 (0) 4 51/1 22 41 22
E-Mail: naturmuseum(at)

Tip: Walbaum Café
Café of the Vorwerker Diakonie

How about a coffee break in the Walbaum Café with a view of the sperm whale and the spire of the cathedral? The café offers a delicious range of regional and seasonal dishes with a different lunchtime special every day. Sit in the the beautiful, newly designed interior or on the terrace in the idyllic cathedral courtyard. The café provides an interesting workplace to people with disabilities. 

Opening Times:
Tues - Sun 11 am - 5 pm
Tel.: +49 (0) 4 51/88 99 83 08