Sielmann! Entdecke die Wildnis
A fierce looking wolf looks down on the audience from above. A life-size bison with remnants of leaves and soil in its fur catches the visitors' eyes as one of several leading objects. Lynx and beaver, crane and stork and many other native animals are masterfully prepared and staged. With nearly 100 exhibits of animal species that live in Heinz Sielmann's natural landscapes and biotope associations, the exhibition " Sielmann! Entdecke die Wildnis" invites visitors to follow in the footsteps of the wildlife filmmaker and become fascinated by nature. The exhibition impresses with new methodological approaches via technically innovative implementations and presents the projects supported by the Heinz Sielmann Foundation, the near-natural landscapes it safeguards and numerous of their inhabitants. The potential of habitats worthy of protection in Germany becomes clear.
In order to be able to perceive the images and films presented, visitors need special "explorer lenses," small cards with integrated polarizing filters. They are an integral part of the exhibition. The audience has to discover the shown shots from Sielmann's films by themselves - especially children and teenagers are animated in this way to experience themselves as explorers or wildlife filmmakers and to take a closer look. This is a guiding theme of this exhibition, which is how Uwe Moldrzyk and Linda Gallé from the Museum für Naturkunde designed the exhibition. Children experience the fascinating world of nature at eye level. They crawl into "hiding places" and can discover completely different secrets in the exhibition than their parents.
In the Forschungsmuseum Schöningen, Heinz Sielmann's Central European wilderness enters into an exciting dialogue with that long-gone environment in which prehistoric man lived 300,000 years ago. In this way, a bridge is built to the current excavations in view and the research in the museum, e.g. the discovery of an almost completely preserved European forest elephant presented to the public in 2020.The exhibition was developed on the occasion of the 100th birthday of the well-known wildlife filmmaker and conservationist by the Heinz Sielmann Foundation, named after him, in cooperation with the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin. It will be on display at the Forschungsmuseum Schöningen until October 3, 2021. In view of the measures taken to contain the Corona pandemic, visitors must currently either book an online ticket for a specific time slot or call 05352 909 11 18 during opening hours and leave their contact details on site. Admission is at 30-minute intervals, but there is no limit to how long visitors can stay in the museum. Of course, the general rules on group sizes and hygiene measures apply.