Berlin

Germany



Address:
Arnimallee 27

14195
Phone: +49(0)30 - 8301-438
Fax: +49(0)30 - 8301-500
Website: http://www.smb.spk-berlin

Ethnological Museum

With a total of 500,000 objects from throughout the world and large numbers of sound recordings, documentary photographs and films, the Ethnologisches Museum (Ethnological Museum) ranks among the largest and best of its kind. The museum collects, preserves and researches cultural products of pre-industrial societies, primarily outside of Europe.


Permanent Collection

The museum currently embraces the following collections: Africa, American archaeology, American ethnology, Europe, the Islamic World, Eastern and Northern Asia, South and South-East Asia, the South Seas and Australia, as well as the ethnology of music. Other facilities include the Children's Museum and the Museum for the Blind.

Permanent Exhibitions

American Archaeology
The exhibition "American Archaeology" presents the great diversity of pre-Hispanic cultures in Meso-, Central and South America from 2,000 BC to the first half of the 16th century. Exhibits include unique stelae from Guatemala with carved reliefs, painted stoneware vessels of the Maya, Aztec stone figures of gods and a selection of gold objects from Central America, Colombia and Peru.

North American Indians
The exhibition illustrates past and contemporary culture of the Plains Indians, of the South West, of California and of the Arctic.

South Sea
The permanent South Seas exhibition presents cultures from Oceania and Australia. The Boat Hall contains a great variety of vessels including a twin-hulled boat from Tonga which visitors can enter.

East Asia
The display concentrates on traditional everyday culture in China at the end of the imperial period and folk art from Japan – charms, devotional items and cult toys donated by Hannelore Großmann.

Africa
The exhibition was re-opened at the end of August 2005 under the title "Art from Africa".

Junior Museum
Off through the desert! An exhibition for children between the age of five and twelve.


Exhibitions

10 August - 11 November 2007
World of Shadows – Art of the South Seas. Death Cult and Ancestral Portraits from New Ireland




Cost

Area ticket Dahlem 6,00 Euro, discounted admission 3,00 Euro

Thursday evening: four hours before closing the visitors have free admission at all permanent exhibitions.

Free admission for the permanent exhibitions for children and teenager under the age of 16

3-Day-Ticket Museums of Berlin
15,00 Euro, discounted admission 7,50 Euro (not including special exhibitions),
- special exhibitions may obtain different admission

Annual Ticket
40,00 Euro, discounted admission 20,00 Euro (not including special exhibitions)
The Annual Pass is bound to one person and not transferable. General terms and conditions are valid for the Annual Pass.

Annual Plus Ticket
80,00 Euro, discounted admission 40,00 Euro
The Annual Pass PLUS is valid only for permanent and special exhibitions which are hosted by the National Museums in Berlin. For cooperations with third parties special conditions are valid which are announced on occasion. The Annual Pass PLUS is bound to one person and not transferable. General terms and conditions are valid for the Annual Ticket PLUS

Tickets and Annual Passes can be purchased at every ticket counter of the National Museums. For mail-order write to:
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Hauptverwaltung
Herr Jäckel
Stauffenbergstr. 42
D-10785 Berlin
Telephone: +49-(0)30-266-2688
E-Mail: m.jaekel@hv.spk-berlin.de


Opening hours

Mon closed
Tue 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wed 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thu 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Fri 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sat 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sun 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Exhibition Junior Museum:

Tues - Fri 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Sat / Sun 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Getting there

Public Transport

U-Bahn U3 (Dahlem-Dorf)
Bus X11, X83 (Dahlem-Dorf); 101 (Limonenstraße); 110 (Domäne Dahlem)

Where to find the National Museums in Berlin (PDF, 300 kb) http://www.smb.spk-berlin.de/pdf/Standortplan_SMB.pdf


Facilities

Visitor Entrance

Lansstraße 8
14195 Berlin-Dahlem

Partial Wheel Chair Access
Information Dahlem +49(0)30 - 8301-438

The Ethnological Museum possesses a specialised library with holdings reflecting the main fields of the museum’s collection: Africa, American archaeology and ethnology, the Islamic Near and Middle East, East and Northeast Asia, South and Southeast Asia, the South Seas, Australia, as well as the ethnology of music. The library, a reference library with a reading room of 8 seats, contains 91,000 volumes. It also subscribes to 466 periodicals and magazines (2003).

Address:
Arnimallee 27
14195 Berlin
Phone +49 (0)30 8301 280
Email em.bib@smb.spk-berlin.de

Opening Times:
Mon and Tues 8 am to 12 noon
Wed and Thurs 12 noon to 4 pm


Museum internal and external photos (1)

Click on the images to enlarge



News and events

Event titles in German

# 19 August 2007 2:00 p.m.
Ab durch die Wüste. Eine Reise durch heißen Wüstensand, über Traumpfade und auf dem virtuellen Weg

# 19 August 2007 2:30 p.m.
Schwein gehabt!
Familienführung durch die Ausstellung: Welt der Schatten. Kunst der Südsee.
Totenkult und Ahnenbilder aus Neuirland

# 19 August 2007 3:30 p.m.
Welt der Schatten. Kunst der Südsee.
Totenkult und Ahnenbilder aus Neuirland

# 25 August 2007 6:00 p.m. - 26 August 2007 02:00 a.m.
21. Lange Nacht der Museen: Toten-Kult und Hippie-Musik

# 26 August 2007 2:00 p.m.
Ab durch die Wüste. Eine Reise durch heißen Wüstensand, über Traumpfade und auf dem virtuellen Weg

# 26 August 2007 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
MuseumsInselFestival 2007 > Special: Familien-Zeit

# 26 August 2007 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Familien-Zeit: Ahnengeist und Maskentanz - ein Streifzug durch die spirituelle Welt Afrikas

# 26 August 2007 3:30 p.m.
Welt der Schatten. Kunst der Südsee.
Totenkult und Ahnenbilder aus Neuirland

# 1 September 2007 2:00 p.m.
1001 Nachmittag im Beduinenzelt
# 2 September 2007 11:00 a.m.

# 2 September 2007 2:00 p.m.
Ab durch die Wüste. Eine Reise durch heißen Wüstensand, über Traumpfade und auf dem virtuellen Weg

# 2 September 2007 2:00 p.m.
Familienführung durch die Musikethnologie

# 2 September 2007 3:30 p.m.
Welt der Schatten. Kunst der Südsee.
Totenkult und Ahnenbilder aus Neuirland

# 2 September 2007 3:30 p.m.
Musiksalon Berlin

# 8 September 2007 3:00 p.m.
Kunst aus Afrika

# 9 September 2007 11:00 a.m.
Ab durch die Wüste. Eine Reise durch heißen Wüstensand, über Traumpfade und auf dem virtuellen Weg

# 9 September 2...+ [ Read all ]


FAQ's

An audio guide explaining the highlights of the exhibition is available. The guide, produced by Antenna Audio, offers users the choice between a guided tour and individually accessed commentary on single works. The audio samples on this page give a first insight into the audio guide, inviting you to come and visit the collection:

North American Indians. From Myth to Modern http://www.smb.museum/smb/kalender/details.php?lang=en&objID=99&p=3&typeId=10

Art from Africa http://www.smb.museum/smb/kalender/details.php?lang=en&objID=8588&p=3&typeId=10

South Sea – Collection Melanesia and Australia http://www.smb.museum/smb/kalender/details.php?lang=en&objID=8771&p=3&typeId=10


Groups

Guided Tours / Group bookings
School classes and groups will be allocated a guide after telephone booking:
Telephone: +49-(0)30- 266-3666
Fax: +49-(0)30-266-3670
E-Mail: fuehrungen@smb.spk-berlin.de
Address:
Generaldirektion, Besucher-Dienste (Visitor Services)
Genthiner Str. 38
10785 Berlin

To book group visits without guides or groups bringing their own guides please click www.smb.museum/fuehrungen


Membership

Association of friends of the Ethnological Museum (in German) http://www.freundeskreise-berliner-kultur.de/ethno_museum/