Anthropology - Somatological Collection

Natural History Museum Vienna

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Electronic database

Short Description

The Somatological Collection is part of the collections of the Anthropological Department of the Natural History Museum in Vienna. It contains records of field research, research protocols, documents, pictures and manuscripts of research and collection activities carried out by former staff members of the Department of Anthropology, as well as of memers of universities and other institutions. The inventory currently encompass 2,600 numbers, including extensive documentation on research activities from the Nazi period.

Contact Person

Dr. Margit Berner

Research Services

Access for research purposes. Assistance in research projects in the fields of biological anthropology, history of anthropology, history of science and museums studies.

Methods & Expertise for Research Infrastructure

Research and publications on the history of anthropology and the department at the Natural History Museum. Support for research and exhibition projects, research on the provenance of the inventory as well as on ethical issues in dealing with sensitive collections.

Allocation to Core Facility

Department of Anthropology, Natural History Museum Vienna

Access after appointment with the curator
Austrian and international museums, universities and research institutions