Education and outreach

Who lived in the Mshatta desert palace? How were guests welcomed in the city of Aleppo? What are the origins of aniconism, the Islamic proscription against icons and images depicting sentient beings? What fragrances fill the air in the Middle East? Visitors can discover the art and culture of places influenced by Islam – from the Caliph’s castle and a magnificent Koran to vibrant carpets and a beautifully decorated ‘mihrab’, or prayer niche.
Audio guides, guided tours, workshops, and other activities provide background information and can inform visitors’ explorations of the collection. The museum also offers private guided tours. In booking your appointment, you can select a time as well as a topic that interests you. Eclectic events such as fragrance exhibitions, workshops on drawing Koran ornamentation, and the textile workshop activate visitors’ senses, enhancing their experience of the museum and its collections.

Children can embark on a journey to discover the ‘Orient’ (Middle East) and play games that reveal what merchants’ stores were like and how Bedouins live. Activities designed especially for young museum-goers give them a chance to learn what to look for in the language of patterns; see what’s it’s like to haggle and bargain; and put their luck, creativity, and knowledge to the test in a caravan rally. Children also begin to see original artworks in a new way when they create their own art in one of the museum’s workshops.

Children can, for example, build their own Oriental lamps, paint tiles, or make greeting cards for Ramadan. Children are also invited to travel through time with Paul and Karim – figures from a children’s book. Accompanied through the museum by these new friends, they can explore the different eras of Islam and see the original versions of the works of art shown in the book.

In front of the facade of the Mshatta desert palace, the museum hosts festivals, concerts, readings, lectures, and discussions throughout the year. Every year for Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, the museum welcomes the cultural festival The Nights of Ramadan and several related events.

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The Museum für Islamische Kunst presents its unique objects at the Pergamonmuseum on the Museumsinsel Berlin.

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For queries surrounding your visit, please contact the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin infoline:

Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 266424242 (Mon - Fri 9 am - 4 pm)
Fax: +49 (0)30 / 266422290

Postal address:
Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 6
10117 Berlin

Tel.: 030 / 266 42 5201
Fax: 030 / 266 42 5202

Director: Dr. Stefan Weber
Deputy Director: Dr. Ute Franke

Videos about the Museum für Islamische Kunst
Exhibition: Early Capitals of Islamic Culture
(Playlist at Youtube)
Schätze des Islam
(only in German, ZDF-Dokumentation)