Nature-identical exhibits

All our exhibits are perfect casts of real fungi that are true to nature down to the smallest detail. We achieve an exact reproduction of the fresh fungi down to sizes of 5 micrometres (µm). And that is exactly what makes our exhibits so desirable: they are not vague replicas, but absolutely nature-identical fungi models that cannot be distinguished from living fungi by the layman.

At the beginning of each of our exhibits there is always a real fungi from nature. We recover it and transport it exactly in the position in which we found it, so as not to injure it. We even have to avoid fingerprints, as these would otherwise be visible later on the exhibit. On the day we find the fungi, we make a colour description of the fungi that is as accurate as possible using special colour plates. All stages – from finding the fungi, making the colour description and detailed photos, to the exact identification by mycologists – must have succeeded flawlessly before we start casting a fungi and making the exhibit. Only after many hours of work is the nature-identical exhibit ready to be exhibited together with the exact species classification as well as information on occurrence, way of life and exciting special features.

In all the photos you can see mushroom exhibits created by us!

Our collection currently comprises over 2000 lifelike fungus exhibits in their natural sizes ranging from a few millimetres to over half a metre. In total, the collection covers a spectrum of over 250 species of fungi. Each fresh mushroom recorded was independently identified by mycologists.

Another part of the collection comprises over 140 exhibits of enlarged fungal spore models of 6 species. To make them visible to an audience at all, they were measured in 3D at a research facility. This made it possible to create transparent spore models in various sizes up to 36 cm in diameter, which corresponds to a magnification of up to 30,000 times. As a surround installation, it is a “starry sky of fungal spores” that surrounds us in reality but is not visible.