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The Museum Europäischer Kulturen is dedicated to collecting, researching, preserving, presenting, and raising awareness of artefacts of European everyday culture and human lived realities from the 18th century until today. As such, we transcend national and linguistic borders and facilitate encounters among different groups of people. Our work is characterised by the term ‘cultural contact’.

We continually seek to forge connections between our historical collection and current issues. An important aspect of this work is a close cooperation with respective interest groups, as well as facilitating an exchange with our visitors. The museum is also actively involved in international cultural projects and museum networks.

Cross-sections of our collection and research are on display in the permanent exhibition ‘Cultural Contacts: Living in Europe’, in a public study collection known as the Contemporary Showcase, as well as in rotating exhibitions. Some pieces are lent to other museums in Europe for travelling exhibitions.

With various events such as the annual ‘European Cultural Days’, Textile Day, and the Fête de la Musique, we showcase different European cultures and their various artistic traditions. Visitors are invited to explore a diverse assortment of arts and crafts, music, and culinary delights.

The museum’s complete mission statement is available here: Download PDF.