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Online collections database

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The Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (National Museums in Berlin) and the Musikinstrumenten-Museum (Museum of Musical Instruments) of the Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung (State Institute for Music Research) of the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation) offer you digital access to their extensive collections by means of online publishing.


The 15 museums and four institutes of the Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin (National Museums in Berlin) form one of the largest and most important museum institutions in the world. They preserve the cultural heritage of many different cultures and epochs more than perhaps any other museum institution and therefore perceive themselves as a universal museum on the same level as the Louvre in Paris, the British Museum in London, the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.


The Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (National Museums in Berlin) preserve more than five million collection objects as well as archival documents and library collections, artistic travel, architecture and document photographies as well as multimedia contents such as film, audio and video documents - altogether far more than can be displayed in the permanent and special exhibitions. Due to this abundance of objects, successive digital access is being introduced to all collection objects.


The following museum collections and research institutions are represented in the online database:

Ägyptisches Museum Papyrussammlung (Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection)

The Ägyptisches Museum and Papyrussammlung (Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection), both situated in the Neues Museum (New Museum) on Museum Island, are among the world's most important collections of Egyptian antiquities. Among the most famous items are the bust of Queen Nefertiti, the head of Queen Teje and the "Berlin Green Head".

Antikensammlung (Collection of Classical Antiquities)

The exhibitions of the Antikensammlung (Collection of Classical Antiquities) in the Pergamon Museum and the Altes Museum (Old Museum) display works of Greek and Roman Antiquity, including priceless witnesses such as Pergamon Altar and the "Praying Youth". Works of Provincial Roman Art and objects from Cyprus housed in the Neues Museum (New Museum) complete the cross-collection presentation.
Collection database: Antique bronzes in Berlin

Museum für Asiatische Kunst (Asian Art Museum)

The Museen für Asiatische Kunst (Asian Art Museum) in the Dahlem Museums combines one of the key worldwide collections of Indo-Asian art and the East Asian cultural area.

Ethnologisches Museum (Ethnological Museum)

The Ethnologisches Museum (Ethnological Museum) in the Dahlem Museums with its 500,000 ethnological, archaeological and cultural history exhibits from Africa, America, Australia and the South Seas, 285,000 photo documents as well as the Medienarchive (Media Archives) and Berlin Phonogrammarchiv (Berlin Phonogram Archive) collections containing over 100,000 items of audio and film material, is one of the most comprehensive ethnographic collections in the world.

Museum Europäischer Kulturen (Museum of European Cultures)

The around 275,000 objects dating from the 18th century to the present day contained in the Museum Europäischer Kulturen (Museum of European Cultures) in the Dahlem Museums ranks among the largest collections of European ethnographic and cultural history in the world.

Gemäldegalerie (Old Master Paintings)

The Gemäldegalerie (Old Master Paintings) at the Kulturforum (Kulturforum) represents one of the world's most important collections of European painting from the 13th to the 18th century containing masterpieces by van Eyck, Bruegel, Dürer, Cranach, Botticelli, Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt and Vermeer.

Museum für Islamische Kunst (Museum of Islamic Art)

The Museum für Islamische Kunst (Museum of Islamic Art) situated in the Pergamon Museum displays the art of Islamic peoples from the 8th to the 19th century. This includes the astonishing façade of the Mschatta Palace from Jordan and the Aleppo Room from Syria.

Kunstbibliothek (Art Library)

The Kunstbibliothek (Art Library) is one of the largest museum libraries in the world for European and non-European art as well as archaeology. Added to this are important museum collections of architecture, book and media art, photography, graphics and fashion.
Library catalogue

Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts)

The Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts) at the Kulturforum displays one of the key collections of European handicraft dating from the Middle Ages to the present day. The second location of the Kunstgewerbemuseum in Köpenick Palace exhibits interior decoration works from the Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo periods.

Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings)

The Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings) at the Kulturforum is the largest in Germany and one of the four most important in the world. It comprises over 550,000 prints, 110,000 drawings, aquarels and oil sketches as well as precious illustrated books.

Münzkabinett (Numismatic Collection)

The Münzkabinett (Numismatic Collection), located in the Bode Museum with exhibitions in the Bode Museum and the Altes Museum (Old Museum), owes its international standing to the richness and completeness of its coin series starting from the origins of coinage in the 7th century BC in Asia. Minor through to the coins and medals of the 21st century.
Collection database

Musikinstrumenten-Museum (Museum of Musical Instruments)

The Musikinstrumenten-Museum (Museum of Musical Instruments) at the Kulturforum  (Kulturforum) ranks as one of the most representative worldwide collections of historical music instruments from the 16th to the 21st century. As part of the Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung (State Institute for Music Research), the museum focuses its research on organology and historical performance practice.

Nationalgalerie (National Gallery)

The Nationalgalerie (National Gallery), comprising the six buildings of the  Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery), Neue Nationalgalerie (New National Gallery), Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin (Hamburger Trainstation-Museum for Temporary Art-Berlin), Berggruen Museum (Museum Berggruen), the Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg (Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection) and Friedrichswerdersche Kirche (Friedrichswerder), displays painting and sculpture masterpieces dating from the end of the 18th century, via Classic Modern through to current developments in contemporary art.

Skulpturensammlung and Museum für Byzantinische Kunst (Sculpture Collection and Museum of Byzantine Art)

The Skulpturensammlung and the Museum für Byzantinische Kunst (Sculpture Collection and Museum of Byzantine Art) located in the Bode Museum comprises one of largest and most important collections worldwide for sculptures dating from the Middle Ages as well as for Late Antique and Byzantine art.

Vorderasiatisches Museum (Museum of the Ancient Near East)

The Vorderasiatisches Museum (Museum of the Ancient Near East) in the Pergamon Museum ranks along with the Louvre and the British Museum as one of the world's leading museums of ancient oriental treasures. The museum's extensive cuneiform script collection offers a vibrant insight into the beginnings of the development of writing.

Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte (Museum of Prehistory and Early History)

The Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte (Museum of Prehistory and Early History) in the Neues Museum (New Museum) on Museum Island Berlin possesses one of the largest international collections on archaeology from the whole of Europe and parts of Asia dating from the Stone Age up to the Middle Ages.

Gipsformerei (Replica Workshop)

The Gipsformerei (Replica Workshop), our Plastic Arts manufacturer since 1819, is the largest institution of its kind in the world. The collection comprises original museum replicas from all eras and different cultural circles.

Institut für Museumsforschung (Institute for Museum Research)

The Institut für Museumsforschung (Institute for Museum Research) is a national research and documentation institute focusing on aspects of museum projects spanning all collections.

Zentralarchiv (Central Archive)

The Zentralarchiv (Central Archive) is both a seat of research while at the same time acting as the museums' historical "memory". With its portfolios, it represents the cross-collection history of the Staatliche Museen (National Museums in Berlin) zu Berlin.

Rathgen Forschungslabor (Rathgen Research Laboratory)

The Rathgen Forschungslabor (Rathgen Research Laboratory) in Charlottenburg is a specialised institute for all matters connected with conservation science, art technology and archaeometry for the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (National Museums in Berlin). The world's oldest museum laboratory conducts investigations on a wide variety of materials in the museum environment and focuses its research on scientific issues concerning the preservation of historical monuments and archaeological sites.