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The Jura Museum Eichstätt is a natural history museum located on the Willibaldsburg above the Altmühltal , which belongs to the association of the Bavarian State Natural Science Collections . The museum is supported by the foundation of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt . The museum is particularly well-known for the fossil collection on display, including a specimen of the Archeopteryx .


The museum opened in 1976. One of the founders of the museum was the Eichstätt professor Franz Xaver Mayr , who died in 1974 and did not live to see the opening. Once the fossils were designed as a teaching collection for the training of theologians. Martina Kölbl-Ebert headed the museum from 2003 to 2019.

Until June 30, 2019, the legal entity of the Jura Museum was the Episcopal Seminary of St. Willibald in Eichstätt . The Free State of Bavaria paid around 80 percent of the costs until 2018. The seminary received the bulk of the entrance fees; however, the number of visitors fell from 90,499 in 2000 to 43,264 in 2017. In April 2017, the episcopal seminary announced, with reference to the financial situation of the diocese of Eichstätt, that it would give up sponsorship for the museum. The foundation of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt has been the new sponsor of the Jura Museum since July 1, 2019. The Eichstätter seminary continues to make its scientific collection available. The university wants to link its own research and teaching with the museum and revise the exhibition concept.

From January 1, 2019, the museum was closed for renovation work. It reopened on January 9, 2020; however, the renovation and renovation work will continue. The Paleontological Society named the Archeopteryx Fossil of the Year 2020 in view of the reopening of the museum.

Acting scientific director from September 1, 2019 to the end of January 2020 was Alexander Vorteilel On February 1, 2020, Christina Ifrim took over the scientific management.


The focus of the exhibitions is on the fossils of the Solnhofen limestone limestone , the origin of which goes back to a tropical reef and lagoon landscape in the Jura . Among the numerous, very well-preserved fossils there is also an original of the ancient bird Archeopteryx, which has so far only been known in twelve specimens, to which a separate exhibition room with further exhibits on the subject of flight is dedicated. A so-called sacred bird of Confucius is also on display . In addition, u. a. also the world's only copy of a Juravenator on display.

Show aquariums enable fossils to be compared with living animals; there are real living fossils like nautilus (Nautilus), horseshoe crabs and gars shown.

See also

Web links

Commons : Jura-Museum Eichstätt  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Foundation of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt takes over the sponsorship of the Jura Museum on July 1st. Retrieved June 27, 2019 .
  2. History on www.jura-museum.de , accessed on January 12, 2018
  3. ↑ Looking for a future perspective. Seminary postpones end of sponsorship for Jura Museum . Domradio, March 21, 2019.
  4. ^ A b c Eva Chloupek: Another six months to be saved. In: www.donaukurier.de. June 13, 2018, accessed June 17, 2018 .
  5. Press release from the Bavarian State Ministry for Science and Art: The Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt will take over responsibility for the Jura Museum on July 1, 2019, July 27, 2019, accessed on July 1, 2019.
  6. ^ One (for the time being) last visit , Donaukurier of December 28, 2018; Accessed January 4, 2019
  7. ^ New start in sight , Eichstätter Kurier of September 26, 2019; Accessed September 27, 2019
  8. a b c The Archeopteryx is back: Ceremonial reopening of the Eichstätter Jura Museum , ku.de from January 9, 2020; Accessed January 10, 2020
  9. Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt from August 8, 2019: New scientific management for the Eichstätt Jura Museum , accessed on August 10, 2019
  10. The next Archeopteryx. The world's twelfth petrification was found in Schamhaupten - does it also come to the museum? , accessed July 1, 2019.
  11. Twelfth Archeopteryx star of the fossil exhibition , accessed on July 1, 2019.
  12. ^ A worthy showcase for a "special jewel" , Eichstätter Kurier of January 26, 2009; Accessed January 10, 2020

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