Photographer's Note

This building, nearly looking like a castle - is "Alexander König Research Museum" in Bonn. It is a natural history and zoological research museum and it was named after Alexander König, who donated his collection of specimens to the institution. The museum was opened in 1934 and is affiliated with the University of Bonn.

After World War II the museum building, which was left largely intact by the war, was the only representative and large assembly hall available in Bonn, now capital of West Germany. This was the reason why the museum was used by the Parlamentarischer Rat (parliamentary council), the predecessor to the West German Parliament, for its opening session on September 1, 1948. A funny detail: during the sessions the prepared giraffes which stood in the assembly hall were enshrouded because it wasn't possible to remove them.

At this time plans were made to use the museum building as the Chancellor's office (in German: Bundeskanzleramt), but it was eventually only used for two months by the new chancellor Konrad Adenauer in 1949.

Today it's a really worth-visiting museum with about 7 million of nature study preparations. You can read more about it HERE.

In workshop you can see a closer view of the entrance.

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