Das Institute für Museumsforschung | © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Achim Kleuker

The Institut für Museumsforschung (Institute for Museum Research) is the research and documentation centre at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. It carries out multidisciplinary research on all aspects of museums and their collections and offers services to museums across Germany. The institute is situated in Berlin-Dahlem.

Founded in 1979 as the Institut für Museumskunde (Institute of Museology), and renamed in 2006, the Institut für Museumsforschung provides services to museums throughout Germany as well as the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in the areas of research, the practical dissemination of knowledge, and documentation. It supplements the activities of the regional museum associations as well as the advisory and public bodies in each of the German states.

The scope of the institute’s work includes visitor research, digitalisation, long-term archiving, museum management, documentation, new media and education. Findings pertinent to the museums are published in three serial publications: 'Berliner Schriften zur Museumsforschung', 'Materialien aus dem Institut für Museumsforschung' and 'Mitteilungen und Berichte aus dem Institut für Museumsforschung'. The institute also publishes annual statistics on museums in Germany.

The Institut für Museumsforschung is actively involved in numerous national and international research projects, including cross-sector collaborations with archives and libraries. The institute has also joined a number of cooperation projects, and in some cases is also responsible for project management.