Identification service /

The staff of the Natural History Museum love to share their knowledge, identify minerals, fossils or birds, provide information about the lives of bats or offer advice on how to get pests out of the kitchen.
Enquiries from companies attract a fee.
Gemstones cannot be determined.

You can also bring your finds to the museum several times a year and find out what you have netted with experts from the museum. At the so-called Profi Talk, you have the opportunity to talk to the scientists about minerals, fossils or insects. They know countless exciting stories behind the objects from nature.

Profi-Talk Biology:
Sunday, 15. October 2023, 2-5 p.m.

Profi-Talk Geology:
Sunday, 26. November 2023, 2-5 p.m.

We will determine your treasures free of charge and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. What cannot be determined on site or needs special examination, we will gladly accept and contact you at a later date. And who knows: Maybe we will even exhibit your treasure in the museum for a certain time?

Palaeontology (Invertebrates & Plants)

Walter Etter

Curator Palaeontology

Phone +41 61 266 55 63



Bones & Teeth (Vertebrates)

Loïc Costeur

Head of Earth Sciences / Curator Vertebrate Palaeontology

Phone +41 61 266 55 87


Other Groups


Amphibians, Reptiles