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Museum Europäischer Kulturen

The Museum Europäischer Kulturen is dedicated to collecting, researching, preserving, presenting, and raising awareness of artefacts of European everyday culture and human lived realities from the 18th century until today. As such, we transcend national and linguistic borders and facilitate encounters among different groups of people. Our work is characterised by the term ‘cultural contact’.


We continually seek to forge connections between our historical collection and current issues. An important aspect of this work is a close cooperation with respective interest groups, as well as facilitating an exchange with our visitors. The museum is also actively involved in international cultural projects and museum networks.

Cross-sections of our collection and research are on display in the permanent exhibition ‘Cultural Contacts: Living in Europe’, in a public study collection known as the Contemporary Showcase, as well as in rotating exhibitions. Some pieces are lent to other museums in Europe for travelling exhibitions.

With various events such as the annual ‘European Cultural Days’, Textile Day, and the Fête de la Musique, we showcase different European cultures and their various artistic traditions. Visitors are invited to explore a diverse assortment of arts and crafts, music, and culinary delights.




In 1999 the European collection of the Museum für Völkerkunde (today the Ethnologisches Museum) merged with the Museum of (German) Folklore from East and West Berlin to form the Museum Europäischer Kulturen. The establishment of a new museum also brought about a new focus on modern, cultural-anthropological, and comparative work within European collections and research.

The museum has experienced an eventful 150 years that attest to sweeping historical, scientific, and political change.


Overview of the institution’s history:

1873 The Museum für Völkerkunde is founded

1886 The Museum für Völkerkunde opens, its collection centres on non-European cultural artefacts, with a limited European ethnographic collection

1889 The Museum für deutsche Volkstrachten und Erzeugnisse des Hausgewerbes (Museum for German Traditional Costumes and Domestic Products) is privately founded in Berlin by Rudolf Virchow as the first central museum for folklore in Germany

1904 The Collection of German Folklore is integrated into the Royal Prussian Museums, under the auspices of the ‘prehistoric department’ of the Museum für Völkerkunde

1935  An independent Eurasian department is founded within the Museum für Völkerkunde

1935 The Collection of German Folklore becomes the independent Staatliches Museum für Deutsche Volkskunde, located in Schloss Bellevue

1939-45 Approximately eighty percent of the German folklore collections are destroyed

After 1949  The Museum für Deutsche Volkskunde is divided: One part goes to the Museum für Volkskunst (later Volkskunde) on the Museumsinsel Berlin in the Eastern part of the city, while in the West the remaining folklore collection is placed under the auspices of the European department (1950) of the Museum für Völkerkunde

1963 The Western folklore collection again becomes an independent museum, the Museum für Deutsche Volkskunde. Its collection is displayed in Berlin-Dahlem at the Geheimes Staatsarchiv (1976-1995)

1992 The two folklore museums are reunited in the Museum für Volkskunde

1999 The European collection of the Museum für Völkerkunde (today the Ethnologisches Museum) merges with the Museum für (DeutscheVolkskunde (Museum of [GermanFolklore) to form the Museum Europäischer Kulturen

Since 2005 Exhibitions at the Dahlem Museums as well as the Ethnologisches Museum (Ethnological Museum) and the Museum für Asiatische Kunst (Asian Art Museum)


Limited wheelchair suitable


Transport connections:

- U-Bahn U3 (Dahlem-Dorf)

- Bus M11, X83 (U Dahlem-Dorf); 101 (Limonenstraße); 110 (Domäne Dahlem)


Prices and tickets:

Museen Dahlem 8,00 EUR, Concessions 4,00

Annual membership Staatliche Museen zu Berlin from just 25,00 EUR


OPENING HOURS: next days Wed  10:00-17:00
Thu  10:00-17:00
Fri  10:00-17:00
Sat  11:00-17:00
Sun  11:00-17:00
Tue  10:00-17:00
Wed  10:00-17:00

Lansstraße 8
14195 Berlin


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