The Stadtmuseum Berlin has a store of around 4.5 million artefacts related to the art, culture and history of the city. In terms both of quality and quantity, this stock is one of the most significant city and historic collections in Germany. These treasures can be seen in permanent and special exhibitions and can be experienced directly during tours of our warehouse. The artefacts collected are available for scientific research and for loan to other museums. The Stadtmuseum Berlin is currently presenting around 2,800 exhibits in its exhibitions.
City and Regional History
These collections are mainly related to the historic development of Berlin. They have allowed the Stadtmuseum Berlin to conserve historic evidence about Berlin and the Mark Brandenburg region since the 19th century. These range from prehistoric fossils through spearheads, coins and early maps of the city to guild banners. The collections also include measuring instruments which Alexander von Humboldt took with him on his spectacular expedition to South America.
- Geological collection
- Zoological collection
- Archaeological discoveries from the Middle Ages and Modern Era
- Document collection
- Numismatic collection
- Topographic collection
- Craftwork collection
- Collection of military artefacts
- Hein Humboldt collection
- Hans and Luise Richter Foundation
Berlin in Art
Thanks to major collections including photos, drawings, sculptures and paintings, the visual arts are excellently represented in the Stadtmuseum Berlin. On the one hand, they document the history of the city of Berlin – for example, in photographs of the city from the early 20th century, or in views of the city from the graphic collection. On the other, they demonstrate the excellence of Berlin artists in paintings from the Berlin Secession art group led by Max Liebermann or in works from the sculptural school going from Schadow to Begas.
- Photographic collection
- Collecting of paintings
- Graphic collection
- Sculpture collection
The collections on everyday life reflect the history of Berliners and therefore also the history of Berlin as a city. They include objects from mass culture such as household objects and technical devices. We also present archaeological discoveries from the flats and streets of Berlin around 1800. Daily life is also represented by documents and objects from the daily lives of children and teenagers, such as toys from Berlin nurseries. All these objects have a story to tell about life in this city.
- Everyday culture collection
- Ancient everyday life and folklore collection
- Childhood and youth collection
- Collection of advertising signs
- Toy collection
The applied arts department covers a wide range of objects, materials and themes. These include porcelain and ceramics, iron and ornate cast iron, furniture, jewellery and glass. They document the development of craftwork, of manufacturing and of the industrial production of articles of daily use with an artistic touch in Berlin-Brandenburg.
- Ornate cast iron collection
- Iron collection
- Hairdresser collection
- Glass collection
- Bell collection
- Ceramics collection
- Fashion and textiles collection
- Fashion collection
- Jewellery collection
- Silver collection
- Watch and clock collection
- Collection of miscellaneous artefacts
- Tin collection
Theatre, Music, Literature
The title of city culture and urban culture brings together thematic collections which equally represent bourgeois high culture and popular culture. These not only derive their value and significance from their aesthetic and cultural contents, they are also an essential element in documenting the history of a city that has historically viewed itself as an urban centre of culture over long periods from the past to the present, and that still views itself as such today.
- Literary history collection
- Collection of musical artefacts
- Theatre collection
- Vaudeville – circus – cabaret collection
Dr Martina Weinland
Deputy Collections Director