State museums in Berlin

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State museums in Berlin - Prussian cultural heritage
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The National Museums in Berlin - Prussian Cultural Heritage (from 1830: Royal Museums in Berlin , from 1919: National Museums in Berlin ) are a museum association in Berlin supported jointly by the Federal Government and all federal states via the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (see also Museums in Berlin ). The collections from both parts of Berlin were merged on January 1, 1992 on the basis of the Unification Treaty after reunification . The total number of visitors to the State Museums was around 4.2 million in 2019. Of these, the Neues Museum had the most visitors with 828,000.


The history of the association goes back to the year 1830, when the Altes Museum was opened, but an actual association did not come into being until 1957. Already after the dissolution of the German Empire at the end of the First World War , the museums that were located close together in the center of Berlin were amalgamated to form the State Museums in Berlin. The city administration appointed a general director to whom these were subordinated. Privy Councilor Ludwig Justi still held this position during the Nazi era . After a brief personal review after the end of the Second World War , the Berlin magistrate approved his reappointment as general director.

The exhibition buildings on the Museum Island were also called the Berlin State Museums between 1949 and the reunification in 1990 . These included the National Gallery , the Pergamon Museum , the Old Museum , the Bodemuseum , the Otto-Nagel-Haus on the Märkischen Ufer (today the seat of the Photo Agency for Art, Culture and History (bpk)) and the Museum of Applied Arts in Köpenick Castle .

General Directors
East Berlin
West Berlin
after reunification

Collections and locations of the museums

The network comprises 15 collections and four research institutions at five locations:

Old Museum on Museum Island
Locations in Berlin-Mitte
New National Gallery
Locations in Berlin-Tiergarten and Berlin-Moabit
Museums Dahlem
Locations in Berlin-Charlottenburg
Locations in Berlin-Dahlem
Köpenick Castle
Locations in Berlin-Köpenick
Research institutions
Archaeological center

On October 31, 2012, the Archaeological Center of the State Museums was opened in Geschwister-Scholl-Strasse.


Web links

Commons : Staatliche Museen zu Berlin  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files


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  2. ^ History of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation .
  3. Number of visitors to the museums of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation in Berlin * from 2011 to 2019. In: Statista. Retrieved July 19, 2020 .
  4. no. 3 Preliminary remark to the Statute of the Berlin State Museums (PDF).
  5. Chronik Berlin of August 17, 1946 on landesarchiv-berlin-chronik; accessed on November 23, 2014.
  6. Berlin , book plan, VEB Tourist Verlag 1988, p 58: museums and exhibitions .
  7. ^ National Museums in Berlin: From 2020: Schinkel in the Friedrichswerder Church. Retrieved November 25, 2019 .
  8. ^ A b National Museums in Berlin: National Museums in Berlin: Museums & Institutions - Humboldt Forum - About the Humboldt Forum - Profile. Retrieved November 25, 2019 .
  9. Archaeological Center. Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning, accessed on February 15, 2017 .