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About the project

The Blumenbach project is intended to fill a critical gap in the primary sources for late-Enlightenment and Romantic cultural history. Closing this gap is of special importance for the study of one of the most important aspects of this period: the rise of the modern natural sciences.


The Göttingen "Academic Museum". Engraving (detail) by Ernst Ludwig Riepenhausen (1765-1840); from: Erinnerungen an Göttingen im Sommer 1833, Göttingen [no year]. Systematic collections of natural history objects were an important element in the development of European science in the decades before and after 1800.

About the building history of Blumenbach's "Academic Museum"