Meet the Reef!
A new exhibition module in the Coral Reef
The rich species diversity and fascination of a tropical coral reef is on display in the permanent exhibition “Coral Reef” at the Senckenberg Natural History Museum in Frankfurt. Here, visitors can “immerse” themselves in the reef habitat and experience this ecosystem in various ways in the exhibition space.
Since the spring of 2022, visitors to the Coral Reef can also look forward to a constantly changing range of offers. For direct exchange, there is a feedback station where visitors can talk to the curators; the museum team would like to find out what content and topics are of particular interest to visitors here, and what they would like to see in the exhibition in the future. With this “hands-on” approach, museum visitors can help shape the new Senckenberg Natural History Museum Frankfurt with their own ideas, wishes, and visions.
As part of this exhibition expansion, the permanent exhibition “Coral Reef” will be supplemented and viewed from three different perspectives: those of society, art, and science. Issues such as the threats to coral reefs, but also local and global protection measures and the benefits of the reef ecosystem for us humans will be addressed.
The first topical expansion of the permanent exhibition will be designed by the museum team in cooperation with the Senckenberg Natural History Museum’s Youth Council. The young adults will contribute their questions and suggestions here. This first perspective will be on display starting in December 2022.
The artistic perspective is created by the artists Linda Weiß and Nina Queissner and will be on display in the museum from June 2023. The scientific perspective will be installed afterwards.
Central to the presentation of the three different perspectives in the exhibition extension is a flexible display architecture by visual artist Markus Zimmermann. In the coming months, in the Reef exhibition you will be able to explore for yourself again and again what this new transformative element looks like and how it changes and evolves. The exhibition project runs until August 2024.