Museum of Natural History

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The collection of Maastricht Museum of Natural History consists of an estimated 550,000 objects, devoted to the geology, paleontology, and flora and fauna of southern Limburg. The highlights are the skull of a Mosasaur (nicknamed Bèr), several giant tortoises, and their latest Mosasaur discovery, Lars, who is gradually being extracted in the Science lab.

On Friday 12 April, during Museumnacht Maastricht, the Museum of Natural History presents Student Take Over - Meteorite impact in Yucatan! Students of the MAFAD and the Conservatorium will demonstrate their artistic vision of this total blackout through installations, performances, and art. Wander through the museum, nibble on an insect, let a comet strike, and get Lost in Music in the garden.

Student Take Over: Asteroid impact in Yucatán

Students from the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design (MAFAD) present their vision of the asteroid impact in Yucatán that occurred some 65 million years ago. This vision can take any form, so expect installations, art, and interactive performances. A number of students from MAFAD ... Read more »

20:00 - 01:00

Natuurhistorisch Museum

Microsculpture - The insect photography of Levon Biss

Microsculpture presents the work of British photographer Levon Biss. The photographer created enlarged composite images of insects that show the vibrant colours, construction, reflections, and structure of the insects in photographs an astounding three metres tall. On this evening, MAFAD students ... Read more »

20:00 - 01:00

Natuurhistorisch Museum: Exhibition Space

Lost in Music

The students present a unique concert in which the musicians lose one another in the space and bridge large distances with their music. The audience is left feeling Lost in Space by the sounds coming from various directions. The alienating music of famous composer Ligeti, best known from the ... Read more »

20:30 - 00:30

Natuurhistorisch Museum: Garden

Museum Tour John Jagt & Paul Beuk

Discover a different side to the Museum of Natural History during this night tour with palaeontologist John Jagt and biologist Paul ... Read more »

20:45 - 21:15

Natuurhistorisch Museum: Start Counter Entrance

BOOM! Create your own asteroid impact with a stop-motion animation

If you're curious to find out what our planet would like after an asteroid impact, then this is your chance! Crash an asteroid into the earth with devastating impact and make a film of it! Using drawings and a camera you can make a stop-motion animation of the results of an asteroid impact on our ... Read more »

20:00 - 22:00

Natuurhistorisch Museum: Education

Insects Snacks

Insects aren't just incredibly photogenic as shown in the exhibition Microsculpture; they are also a good source of protein. And they're not only there as food for astronauts. Perhaps you would like to try a cricket croquette, mealworm burger, or grasshopper kebab? Eating insects is good for you and ... Read more »

20:00 - 00:00

Natuurhistorisch Museum: Entrance

'Yucatán and how everything is connected’ by John Jagt

John Jagt, palaeontologist and curator, tells an interesting story which explains the effect of the asteroid impact in Yucatán, which occurred somewhat 65 million years ago, on modern society. 75% of sea and land animals and plants did not survive this disaster, yet it was precisely this blackout ... Read more »

22:00 - 22:30

Natuurhistorisch Museum: Education

Museum Tour John Jagt & Paul Beuk

Discover a different side to the Museum of Natural History during this night tour with palaeontologist John Jagt and biologist Paul ... Read more »

22:45 - 23:15

Natuurhistorisch Museum: Start Balie

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