The history of Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum tells a fascinating story about the diversity of animate and inanimate nature. Proceeding from carefully chosen objects in the Natural History Collections of the Joanneum Universal Museum (botany & mycology, geology & palaeontology, mineralogy and zoology), the state-of-the-art permanent exhibition takes the visitor on a journey through the fascinating history of the Earth in the course of which living organisms and creatures

and their foundations of life have constantly evolved. Regularly staged temporary exhibitions offer profound insights into individual themes.


The ‘Lesliehof’ was the original home of the Joanneum and now accommodates the Natural History Museum. It has placed special emphasis on the natural sciences ever since the Joanneum was founded in 1811—after all, the founder, Archduke Johann, was very keen on nature and technology. The mineralogical rooms in the Natural History Museum still recall the early days of the building in which a (now rare) classification of minerals from the 19th century can be viewed in the original display cabinets from Schloss Schönbrunn in Vienna.

Natural History Museum

Joanneumsviertel, Zugang Kalchberggasse
8010 Graz, Österreich
T +43-316/8017-9100


Opening Hours

Tues-Sun 10am-5pm

Guided tours
Sat, Sun, public holidays 2:30pm (ger) 
For specific dates, please visit our calendar. Guided tours also on advance notice.

Centre of Natural History
Weinzöttlstraße 16
8045 Graz, Österreich
T +43-316/8017-9000
Appointment upon request

Opening hours OHO!
Tues - Sat 10am - 12pm


24th/25th December