A Short Guide to theMuseum of Supernatural History

This guide is a reinterpretation of a German food-discounter as a Museum of Natural History. Although a Supermarket isn’t a place which is intended for education and preservation, its layout and content shows many parallels to that of a museum. In tight rows of illuminated, climate controlled shelving it displays a wide variety of lifeforms, minerals and artifacts from all parts of the world. By looking at what its collection consists of, the way it is classified, displayed and labeled, one can gather comprehensive insights on our contemporary relation towards nature and on the dominating domesticated flora and fauna of our planet.

Welcome to the Museum of Supernatural History.
With more than 2000 groups of objects in its botanical, zoological, mineralogical, chemical and technological collections; its exhibition hall with an area of over 1000 m² and nearly 3000 national subbranches, the Museum of Supernatural History is one of the most influential institutions of its kind in Germany.
The term Supernatural in this case does not refer to the paranormal, but to the superiority of the biological species and chemical compounds displayed. We believe that, contrary to the traditional Museum of Natural History (instead of looking backwards at the evolutionary history of life), it is far more crucial to concentrate on the evolutionary future of life on our planet under the guidance of humanity. For this reason our collections contain a closer selection of species that form the basis of the life on which our civilization thrives. Most of the specimens on display co-evolved with us over a period of up to ten thousand years, thereby generating new forms and features that make them well adapted and significant to our human needs and prosperity. As a worldwide effort to promote the growth and dominance of these species, we actively engage in breeding-programs and genetic selection procedures, both through financial support as well as through our own production facilities.
The collection of the Museum of Supernatural History can be briefly divided into one major and two minor thematic elements. The larger part deals with the biological world, while the two minor parts address chemistry and technology. The exhibition is not strictly separating between these three distinctive themes, but is classified according to the objects specific functionality and use to mankind. The biological collection contains well over 100 different species from all continents, excluding Antarctica.
The east wing of the Museum, stretching from the entrance to its north end, is dedicated to processed liquids deriving predominantly from the kingdom of Plantae. It has, however, in its rear end a large section on the various forms of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which is part of the Fungi kingdom. Facing this wall-display is an open section on living plants, including only one instance of fungus, Agaricus bisporus. The north end of the museum, along with its north eastern quarter is dedicated to the animal kingdom. The class of Mammalia is represented by its three essential species: Sus scrofa , Bos taurus and Ovis aries. The class of Aves is dominated by two species: Gallus gallus and Meleagris gallopavo, but also contains instances of Anas platyrhynchos, Anser anser and occasionally the more exotic Struthio camelus. The section about water dwelling creatures in the bottom of the north-eastern quarter contains a wider variety of Actinopterygii and a few representatives of the phylum of Mollusca and the subphylum of Crustacea. Along the eastern border of the animal exhibit is a larger section devoted to the order of Lactobacillales dwelling in secretions of Bos taurus and Ovis aries. Most specimens are represented through anatomical samples and dissections, rather than showing the entire animal. We believe that this way of displaying the organisms gives the visitor a more adequate and essential understanding of their functionality. To compensate for the lack of information on the actual appearance of these creatures, many displays show an artist's rendition of the animals in their natural habitats along with the actual anatomical sample. In addition to this, each species is marked with detailed data on its molecular make up and nutritional value.
The majority of the exhibition on the animal kingdom is stored in acclimatised cabinets to improve the samples longevity. The lower east side of the Museum compromises, under the heading of Chemistry, an exhibition on a multitude of minerals, acids, bases, chemical compounds and petrochemical handiworks. The lower south part has three further sections, predominantly on the kingdom of Plantae, composed of various hybridconglomerations of plants and chemicals, sorted partly by their level of saccarose, sodium chloride and CAS# 9005-25-8.
Finally, throughout the center isles of the museum there is an weekly changing exhibition about everyday culture and technological innovation, reflecting the current state and advancement of civilization.
The Museum of Supernatural History is dedicated to the present and our near future. For this reason our archives and exhibits are updated on a daily basis, with specimens being replaced continuously before their shelf-life expires. Each kind of object on display is shown in a multitude; with the number of replicas indicating either the objects supernatural abundance or its significance and beneficial qualities to society.
Thank you for visiting.