Zentrale Kustodie

The Centre for Collection Development of Göttingen University


The aim of the Centre for Collection Development lies in promoting the use of the academic collections both for the purpose of research and teaching and to present the university to the outside world. Our activities, which involve preserving, providing, researching and displaying the collections, are carried out by the three departments Collection Management, Knowledge Research and Exhibiting.

The University of Göttingen maintains one of the most important academic collections in Germany. Spread across 30 locations on the Göttingen campus, over 70 sub-collections reflect the variety of subjects covered at the University of Göttingen. They include everything from the Culture Collection of Algae to the Teaching Collection of Pre- and Protohistory and the Museum of Zoology. In addition, there are the Special Collections of Göttingen State and University Library (SUB) and the Göttingen University Archives.
The objects in our collections are a central component of current academic knowledge production and hold a wealth of potential for future research questions and methods. As the material academic heritage, they are used for illustration purposes in teaching. They are of great historical interest as a testimony to the history of knowledge and the history of science and scholarship, epitomising the self-image of our university founded in the era of the Enlightenment.

The roots of many of the collections can be traced back to the „Royal Academic Museum“. As early as the 18th century, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg stressed that the University of Göttingen was the „first university in Germany, and perhaps in Europe […] to have its own academic museum“. (1779)

Click on the picture on the left to find out more about the different collections or be part of the Sunday Walks and visit them yourself. Or visit the current exhibition on/off. The Nobel Prize and the Boundaries of Science which opens Tuesday to Sunday from 12 am to 7 pm.