Haeckel Hunt

Augmented Reality Game

1 Mar 2021
3 Mar 2022

Available in the App Store and Google Play store!

This Augmented Reality app adds an extra dimension to the Haeckel scavenger hunt we have set out in the Oosterdok area. Search for the eye-catching biological illustrations, admire them in AR, and reveal invisible information about the figures.


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More than a century ago, the famous biologist Ernst Haeckel and lithographer Adolf Giltch scored a hit with beautiful illustrations of structures and shapes of microorganisms. In their book Kunstformen der Natur, they published 100 theme plates with drawings of mainly underwater creatures which you can normally not see with the naked eye. 

We have spread the figures from these plates on signs around Oosterdok. Take a walk in the area and search them all! Do you find a figure? Then scan it with the AR- app to collect it, and admire it on your screen. 


Haeckel in Augmented Reality - With the Haeckel Hunt app you can scan the biological illustrations on your phone to discover the organisms and collect them all!  Amber van de Ven

The Hunt

With the Haeckel Hunt app you search for all the signs with illustrations and collect them by scanning them with your phone. During the game you can admire the figures that appear on your screen and learn more about them by reading biological information that appears. Have you collected all the figures? Then there's a prize waiting for you at Mediamatic!


Collecting Plate 38 - Amber van de Ven

Kunstformen der Natur

Kunstformen der Natur was first published in sets of 10 between 1899 and 1904. It is not just a book of illustrations; it is the "summary of artist, sociologist Ernst Haeckel's view of the world." The book also had a major influence on 20th century art, architecture and design by bridging the gap between science and art. Art Nouveau artists in particular were influenced by Haeckel's images, including René Binet, Karl Blossfeldt, Hans Christiansen and Émile Gallé.


The Haeckel Hunt
12 years and older
Available soon in the Google Play Store and App Store
Mediamatic Biotoop and Oosterdok area, Amsterdam