Markets in the museum

The museum’s markets are an ethnological view on material culture, always lively and with up-to-date references to the present time. Traditional arts and crafts from the most diverse cultures and regions of the world are represented there.

The keywords are “lively museum”: It is all about experiencing a museum with all five senses – sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. There are market stands, music, dance, artists, culinary delicacies, a small exhibition and a colourful programme. There are dazzling colours, clanging sounds, and wafting smells.

The Museum für Völkerkunde organizes three markets annually. There is the Easter Market, the Cloister Market and the Market of the Peoples. These three events create a lively commotion in the museum during Easter time, in late autumn and in the festive Advent season. At the Easter and Cloister markets, there are many traditional Christian customs and objects, with a focus on local customs, old traditions and manual skills. The main emphasis is on European culture.

In contrast, the Market of the Peoples is a showcase for artists and craftspeople from all over the world, with stands by aid organisations and Fair Trade activists. New art from Asia, North America, South America, Africa and Asia is on display along with stands containing culinary specialities brought by traders from all over the globe. The Market of the Peoples is the largest and most colourful of the three annual markets in the museum.

Since 2003, all three markets have had topical themes relating to current exhibitions of the museum. The different themes help determine the criteria for exhibitors and the arrangement of the programme.


Are you an exhibitor interested in selling your products at our markets?
If yes, please send us your informal application.

Please include the following information:
Your name and some background information, what you will sell, and where your products come from.
Please also enclose photographs or demonstration material and
send your application to:

Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg
“Name of the market”
Rothenbaumchaussee 64
20148 Hamburg