Unsere Aufgabe
Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg

The museum as interpreter and mediator

Exploring cultural conditions and explaining similarities and differences in ways of life around the world is one of the most essential concerns of ethnology. One of the most important aims of ethnology is to spread this knowledge so that it may become a basis for understanding cultural diversity. Sources dating back to antiquity such as travel diaries and collections of other sources describing foreign customs are regarded as antecedents to contemporary scientific ethnology. The foundation for ethnological research as a branch of science wasn’t developed before the 18th century-the Age of Enlightenment.

The Museum für Völkerkunde aims to provide information about the cultures and peoples living in our world. In a world of constant and rapid change, this is an immense task. Guests of the Museum für Völkerkunde are not limited to the role of a mere spectator looking at artefacts behind glass, but are encouraged to encounter new cultures in a holistic and exciting way: From observation to experience, from experience to understanding, from understanding to tolerance.

The museum encourages visitors to see different perspectives and attempts to mirror the European culture as seen through non-European eyes. Our up-to-date events involve political and current issues and aim to deconstruct prejudices and reduce the hostility between the members of different cultures. Through this modern concept, the Museum für Völkerkunde attempts to fulfil its social responsibility.

Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg

Rothenbaumchaussee 64
20148 Hamburg

Opening hours:

Tues. to Sun. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thurs. until 9 p.m.

On the following days the museum is opened from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

German Unification Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Whit Monday (Pentecost), Monday during the Market of the Peoples

On the following days the museum is closed:

January 1, May 1, December 24, 25 and 31.