Dioramas are a classic museum exhibit. With great skill and craftsmanship, they offer a three-dimensional, lifelike representation of landscapes and the creatures that inhabit them. Well-made dioramas literally transport the viewer right into the scene.
The academic painter Wolfgang Grassberger, a pioneer of diorama building, exerted an important influence on the Haus der Natur over the course of several decades. Today his successor Georg Klingersberger carefully combines and enhances this art with modern museum design techniques.
If you’re attentive when going through the museum, you can find examples of these unique display cases everywhere. Some create the impression of large expanses in a very small space, while others even use specially-arranged mirrors to create optical illusions.
A highlight is the interactive diorama “Diversity in our local forest,” which offers a glimpse of a true-to-life mixed forest where we can discover many different forms of life. Outside the diorama modern technology steps in: on a multimedia screen, you can find all the important information about the animals and plants you’ve seen in the diorama. Imagine you spy a small, red-bellied bird in the branches and aren’t quite sure: is it a robin? Or bullfinch? Just a few taps on the screen, and no more uncertainty: you learn that it was a red-breasted flycatcher. Touch the audio symbol and you can even hear the little bird’s song.