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Natural History

The natural history section is divided into an insect cabinet and a zoological section.

The overwhelming animal collection consists of stuffed mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and fish. The animal section with giraffe, antelope, cattle, lion and zebra is the heart of the museum.

Insect Cabinet

A thousand and one tropical butterflies, beetles, scorpions, spiders and other insects originally collected for use for science and education.

Joseph, the Iconic Bear

The stuffed brown bear at the museum entrance has been entertaining children and adults for over seventy years. When a coin is inserted, he performs his tricks. What are they? We’re not giving that away. This 1.75 meter tall brown bear comes from Russia and is called Joseph. Brother Berchmans, the first curator of the Mission Museum, bought him in 1932 from the Wöbke company in Leipzig. That firm specialized in stuffed animals with a mechanical element.