Freiland-Aquarium und -Terrarium Stein

Naturhistorische Gesellschaft

The Naturhistorische Gesellschaft- a gateway to the world.

(Society of Natural History, NHG )
The Naturhistorische Gesellschaft, founded in 1801, is the largest society for natural science in Germany whose members work on a voluntary basis and which is widely known not only in its home region of Franconia, but also far beyond the borders of Germany.


More than 2000 members, amateurs as well as experts, can do scientific work in ten departments. There are lectures, seminars, excursions, experimental work, and ongoing publications in the following fields:
  • archaeology
  • prehistory
  • geology
  • karst and speleology
  • botany
  • mycology and herbal studies
  • ethnology
  • regional geography
  • entomology
  • mammalogy


The Natural History Society also supports
  • the open-air terrarium and aquarium in Stein near Nuremberg
  • the archaeological playground ´Megilo´
  • the nature reserve ´Külsheimer Gipshügel´ near Bad Windsheim (owned by the society since 1905)
  • the dolomitic cave Windloch near Großmeinfeld
  • the gypsum cave of Höllern near Markt Nordheim
  • the Celtic house Landersdorf
  • other archaeological projects in Germany and abroad

So the Natural History Society provides its members with a varied range of activities. Cooperation with other scientists and institutes offers opportunities for everyone to gain firsthand expert knowledge.


First-hand information - your advantages as a member
As a member of the Society of Natural History you can attend all lectures free of charge. In addition, the latest programme is sent to you directly. You will also receive the substantial yearbook ´Natur und Mensch´ (in German). Scientific treatises, published regularly by the Society of Natural History, are available to you free of charge.

More information on the internet pages of the society:

Naturhistorische Gesellschaft Nürnberg