Visited 24th June 2016
The Naturmuseum Senckenberg in Frankfurt is the second largest museum of natural history in Germany. The Museum was erected between 1904 and 1907 outside of the centre of Frankfurt in the same area as the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, which was founded in 1914.
Address: Senckenberganlage 25, 60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Monday – Friday 9am–8pm
Saturday & Sunday 9am–6pm
Prices: 8 Euro Adults ( 4 Euros Concessions)
There is a small shop but items in English arent available.
Photos are allowed and please note all artifact labels are only in German! There are floor plans in English so grab one!
The Egyptian Room
On the first floor hidden, in a corner, is the entrance to a small but fascinating room (No.8) housing a collection of Egyptian Artifacts.
The ancient Egyptians mummified more than just human corpses. Animals were viewed not only as pets, but as incarnations of gods. As such, the Egyptians buried millions of mummified cats, birds, and other creatures at temples honoring their deities.
Ancient Egyptian religion was not based on a set of theological principles, but rather the gods were connected to nature and the elements (earth, air, fire and water), or to animals. The ancient Egyptians believed in the infinite powers of the universe, and respected and worshiped each element that comprised it; they believed that the divine existed in everything.
The use of amulets played a very large part in ancient Egyptian religion. They were generally made of various materials including stones and were believed to transfer magical properties to the wearer.
Child mummy – a fascinating preservation
The mummies of two children are young boys who died at the age of six to nine years – about 2000 years ago.
Below is a jar containing Mummia — a powder taken from the bodies of Egyptian mummies — which was a major part of medieval European pharmacopeia. Mummia was offered for sale medicinally as late as 1908 in the catalogue of E. Merck.