About the collection

Like so many collections at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Museum für Asiatische Kunst (Asian Art Museum) looks back on a long and at times turbulent history. It has its roots in the Indian department of the Museum für Völkerkunde, known today as the Ethnologisches Museum which was founded in 1873, shortly after the formation of the German state. That department grew over time and eventually provided the impetus for the creation of the Museum of Indian Art in 1963. The Museum of East-Asian Art was created in 1906. In December 2006 both collections were united in the Museum für Asiatische Kunst. The collections remain presented in separate displays, in the South, Southeast, and Central Asian Art Collection (formerly the Museum of Indian Art), and the East-Asian Art Collection (formerly the Museum of East-Asian Art).

The unification of both museums was principally the result of Prussian Cultural Heritage’s long-term plans to relocate its non-European collections from their current site in Dahlem to Schlossplatz in Berlin-Mitte and to present them in an innovative framework to be realized at some point in the near future in the form of the Humboldt-Forum. Together with the collections of Occidental cultural artefacts on the Museumsinsel Berlin, the plans envisage the creation of a landscape of scholarship and learning of world renown and with a truly global reach.

Titles of publication released by the Museum für Asiatische Kunst are listed in the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin bibliography.

Visitor entrance

Lansstraße 8 / Arnimallee 25
14195 Berlin

Getting there

Tel 030 - 266 42 42 42 (Mon - Fri, 9 am - 4 pm)
E-Mail service@smb.museum

Due to the modernization of our booking system, you may currently experience delays when trying to reach our staff on the telephone.
We apologize for any inconvenience.

Postal address:
Takustraße 40
14195 Berlin

Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 8301361
Fax: +49 80)30 / 8301502

Prof. Dr. Klaas Ruitenbeek
Deputy Directors: 
Raffael Dedo Gadebusch

Café and restaurant 'eßkultur' at the Museen Dahlem
Mrs. Claus
Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 8301433

Bookshop Walther König
Mrs. Heilmann
Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 83203581