The World Heritage Site Messel Pit Worlds full of dynamism – Lives full of value

This company philosophy stands for the UNESCO World Heritage Site Messel Pit. There has been a professional visitor service based around the scientifically unique exhibits of this fossil site and its oil shale since 2003 – a period of al­­most 10 years. Visitors can not only ap­­preciate the special location of the Messel Pit via the widely diversified range of programmes available at regular intervals, they can also experience the “spirit” of the site all year round in the “Time and Messel Worlds” at the Visitors’ Centre. With its seven theme rooms and special atmosphere, the World Heritage Site is open to visitors of all ages.

In 2013, visitors were excited by exceptional finds such as a “Giant Squirrel” or the “Large-Headed Lizard” and it is the Centre’s job to make everyone aware of the value of this research work. This is the first priority of the Welterbe Grube Messel gGmbH. With its developed media such as the “Time-Travel Crew”, the con­cept is also internationally recognised for its geo-knowledge transfer (transfer of earth science phenomena, processes etc.) and the souvenirs developed in this World Her­itage educational programme. The pro­­­gramme’s geo-tourism development with partners in the Odenwald and the Rhine-Main region gets private sector companies interested in becoming partners of the lighthouse and supporters of this region.



  1. Adress

    Rossdörfer Straße 108
    D-64409 Messel
    Telefon +49 (0)  6159 71759-0
    Telefax +49 (0)  6159 71759-222
  2. Year of establishment

    1992: formed asVerwaltungsgesellschaft mbH
    2003: name changed to Welterbe Grube Messel gGmbH
  3. Business activity

    Presentation of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Messel Pit