The inner richness of the museum – The hidden treasures of the museum’s own collections

Today the Museum für Völkerkunde is one of the largest ethnological institutions in Europe. The collections of the museum have an inventory totalling about 600,000 artefacts, historic photographs and documents from Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania (including Australia). Through their wide variety and sheer size, the collections of the museum form the basis for the museum’s task as cultural mediator. They provide the foundation for comparative research on different cultures and provide the visitor access to a different view of the world. In the Europe exhibition, the museum presents highlights of one of the most extensive and varied collections on the continent. Among the most famous singular artefacts are a Jewish Mappot from 1711 and the so called ‘skull of Gall’ (Gall’sche Schädel) dating back to 1812.
In the Africa exhibition, traditional culture and religion meet modern African life. Nail fetishes as well as football fetishes are on display. Visitors are welcome to play foosball, try playing a traditional xylophone or take pictures in front of an original African screen in our photography studio. Some highlights of the exhibition are precious court bronzes of the old Kingdom of Benin

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Exhibition management and general ethnology

Dr. Carl Triesch
phone: 040. 428 879 674