In 200 stories, 87 experts and enthusiasts take the reader on a journey to the wonderful world of researching and exhibiting nature. We go to the sixteenth century and back, from our backyard to New Guinea, and from vain collectors of curiosities to specialized craftsmen. We see objects that are never on display and we look over the shoulders of the administrators as they work behind closed doors. The Naturalis collection reflects both the changes in society and those in science. It is therefore also an important cultural heritage of us and of the countries where the objects come from. This book reveals in a spectacular way the objects and stories that normally remain hidden from the visitors of the museum.
This publication has been compiled by Tiny Monquil and Eulalia Gassó, with contributions from, among others, Barbara Gravendeel and Tinde van Andel (Researchers Naturalis), Natasja den Ouden, Max Caspers and Steven van der Mije (collection managers), Marijke Besselink (exhibition developer) and external partners , such as Tim Huisman (Rijksmuseum Boerhaave) and many others.