Ottoneum in Kassel

Ottoneum in Kassel, Germany

The edifice was built as a theatre by architect Wilhelm Vernukken in the years 1603/1606. The commissioner was Landgraf Moritz, who named the Ottoneum after his son Otto. Today, a natural history museum is housed here. Well-known collection pieces are a Xylotheque and the Ratzenberger Herbarium. [German]

Another attraction is the Goethe Elephant Skeleton. The skeleton received this name after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe used the skull of the animal for anatomical research of the incisive bone. A showcase in the Romantikerhaus in Jena tells about this scientific activity of the German poet.

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