Museum of Fossils in the Holcim Werkforum
All about life in the Jurassic Sea
The focus of the Museum of Fossils is on findings from the Early Jurassic oil shale dating back around 180 million years. Most of these exhibits come from Dotternhausen, where the Holcim cement plant uses the oil shale for generation of electric energy as well as for production of burnt oil shale which is a valuable constituent of the cement products from Dotternhausen. The energy-rich components of the oil shale are mainly the remains of planktic algae living in the Jurassic sea which did not decay due to deficiency of oxygen.
The diverse life of the Jurassic Sea is presented in a clear and lively manner. Visitors can immerse themselves in the world of ammonites, sea lilies, crocodiles and ichthyosaurs. The ramp inside the museum showing the chronological history of the Earth demonstrates impressively that the history of mankind is very short in comparison with the rest of the Earth‘s history.
Next to the Museum of Fossils there is a fossil hunting site where visitors can split up oil shale slabs and with a bit of luck find an ammonite for themselves.
Tue, Wed, Thu 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.,
Sun and public holidays 11 a.m - 5 p.m.
Winter break: closed from 1 December to 6 January