In 1802, the city of Strasbourg purchased all of the natural history collections of Johann Hermann. When the University of Strasbourg was created anew in 1872, the management and curation of the museum was entrusted to it. A spacious new building was erected from 1890 to 1893 and the collection continued to grow.
The museum has collections of birds, marine mammals, invertebrates and insects, with a very particular focus on Alsatian fauna. There is also a reconstruction of Johann Hermann's study, containing many documents and specimens of his time.
The collections include:
- 1,350,000 invertebrates
- 1,000,000 insects
- 18,000 birds
- 10,000 mammals
- 2,450 fish
- 1,300 reptiles and amphibians
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- "Musée zoologique - Histoire". musees.strasbourg.eu. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
- "Entry on the museum on the homepage of the University of Strasbourg". Collections.u-strasbg.fr. Retrieved 2012-09-18.
- Histoires naturelles : Les collections du Musée Zoologique de la Ville de Strasbourg, Éditions des Musées de la Ville de Strasbourg, February 2008, ISBN 978-2-35125-054-9
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