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Senckenberg Museum

Just north of the Frankfurt Messe lies the Senckenburg Museum of Natural History. The building was originally constructed in the early 20th century, and it currently houses the largest collection of dinosaur fossils in Europe, including one of the few dinosaur fossils with skin still attached and several life-size recreations on the front lawn. Other holdings are equally fascinating, such as stuffed specimens of extinct animals, the largest collection of stuffed birds in the world, and the remains of a dwarven horse, which is actually an ancient ancestor of the modern horse. Most well-known among the holdings is Lucy, an early hominid also known as Australopithecus afarensis.

Jewish History

During the widespread destruction of Kristallnacht, a defining date of the Nazi Holocaust, every Jewish synagogue in Frankfurt was damaged beyond repair but one. The Westend Synagogue was constructed in the early 20th century and features a curious mixture of architectural styles, featuring elements of Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Assyrian architecture.

Closer to the Main River, the Jewish Museum of Frankfurt chronicles the Jewish history in the area of Frankfurt from the 12th century to the present day. Housed in the former Rothschild Palace, an audio guide takes visitors through the first Jewish settlements in the region, community and religious organization, the Frankfurt Ghettos of the 1800s, and the Holocaust. Of particular import throughout the exhibit is the movement toward increased isolation and the effects this had on the roles Jews played in the local economy.

Botanical Gardens

Once visited by Buffalo Bill and his travelling show in 1890, Palmengarten has become one of Europe's largest botanical gardens, housing the Tropicarium greenhouse complex. Here can be found an array of tropical plants in recreated natural habitats, including the mangroves of India, savannah of Africa, mountainous rain forest, and arid desert. The Bl├╝tenhaus features the rarest of blooming plants, and the Palmenhaus holds many species of palm and sub-tropical specimens.

Bordering the extensive offerings of Palmengarten, the Frankfurt Botanical Gardens of the Goethe University presents some 5,00 species organized into a series of ecological collections and geographical zones. The ecological collection features a large number of flowering plants from the rose family, with others grouped according to human significance. Plant groupings include endangered, ornamental, crop, and a medicinal herb garden. Geographical regions the world over are represented, including steppe, marsh, pond, temperate forest, and an alpine garden.

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