19 May 2021 to 23 January 2022

Animal poisonous!

Museum Natur und Mensch

Eye to eye with the largest poisonous snake in the world, the king cobra, or the most venomous, the inland taipan - this exhibition makes it possible!

Scorpions, tarantulas, black widows, nature has equipped them all with a super weapon: venom! They have been using it for millions of years to protect themselves from enemies or to catch prey themselves. But how dangerous are rattlesnakes and the like for us humans? The name of the poison dart frog already advises caution, but should we also beware of velvet grasshoppers or giant centipedes?

On their expedition through the museum, curious visitors observe the living animals in their terrariums up close. They explore how differently the poisons work and how medicine makes use of them.

Blattgrüne Mamba Dendroaspis angusticeps, Foto: Markus Oulehla
Blattgrüne Mamba Dendroaspis angusticeps, Foto: Markus Oulehla
Musterblatt aus der Piktogramm-Enzyklopädie, 1925–34, Österreichisches Gesellschafts- und Wirtschaftsmuseum Wien, Foto: Peter Hinschläger
Schrecklicher Pfeilgiftfrosch, Foto: Steige
Wolfgang Schmidt, all the things you are, 1973, INTeF Darmstadt, Foto: Peter Hinschläger
Königskobra, Foto: Steige
Pati Hill, Proposal for a Universal Language of Symbols: Pronouns, 1977-79, Pati Hill Collection, Arcadia University, Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA, Foto: Peter Hinschläger
Vogelspinne, Foto: Steige


A visit is currently only possible with:
- Proof of booster vaccination
- Proof of vaccination or convalescence (not older than 3 months)
- If the proof of vaccination or convalescence is older than 3 months, a current negative test result (antigen rapid test max. 24h / PCR test max. 48h old) is also required.
- Children who have not yet completed the sixth year of life or are not yet enrolled in school as well as pupils (up to the age of 17) of a primary school, a special educational and counselling centre, a school that builds on the primary school or a vocational school are exempt from these requirements.

The government provides information on further exemptions here.
You do not need to register in advance. However you can also book tickets online in advance via the Reservix booking portal.

The obligation to wear a medical mask applies to all visitors from the age of 6  –  persons over the age of 18 have to wear a respiratory protection (FFP2 or comparable). Please bring your own mask with you!

Opening hours

Wednesday to Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Admission fees

5 euros / concessions 3 euros

Free entry for those under 27 and with the Museums-PASS-Musées.


Get your ticket directly at the museum or book online in advance.


Museum Natur und Mensch
Gerberau 32
79098 Freiburg im Breisgau
Tel.: +49 761 201-2566
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