Long Night of Research

Taxonomy: understanding life's diversity!

Friday, 24. May 2024, 17:00 Uhr – 23:00 Uhr | NHM Event
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As part of the Long Night of Research we open the museum's gates to a fascinating journey through the world of taxonomy. But what is taxonomy even? Put simply, taxonomy is the science of classification of living organisms. It helps us to understand and bring order into the diversity of nature.

Try out our different info points and get talking to researchers first hand in the exhibition halls or on Deck 50. There, you can find out yourself how you can use the tiniest details to identify and distinguish species from one another. Or you let yourself be inspired by exciting images from the world of taxonomic research on our 12 meter long LED wall. Join our guided tours that take you backstage in the museum and learn how our collections are true archives for the future. There is so much to experience and discover!


Guided tours in the scientific collections

The Myriapod collection

The Myriapod collection

More tours are held in German.

Taxonomic research stations

Hall 21: Pflanzenräume: gestern – heute – morgen

Hall 23: Scientific collections as a timeless resource for taxonomic research: examples from the Myriapods

Hall 24: Insects: unusual insect names, unusual finding sites

Deck 50: TAXO Lab

18.00h to 20.00h
How does taxonomy work in the 21st century?

Morphological and molecular systematics: methods and perspectives

20.00h to 22.30h
Biodiversity and science
Taxonomy in practice: on collecting, identifying, describing, and classifying living organisms

Stargazing with the Viennese astronomy working group

Location: in front of the entrance to the NHM Vienna

NHM branch office Narrenturm

Guided tours (max. 30 pax)
18.00h study collection
19.00h electropathology and gynecology & midwifery
20.00h study collection
21.00h electropathology and gynecology & midwifery
22.00h study collection

Long night of research 2024 – general information

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