Haus Bastian, the Centre for Cultural Education, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, opened on 31 August 2019.
Situated directly adjacent to the Museumsinsel, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Haus Bastian offers richly diverse possibilities for innovative educational work and outreach programmes. Haus Bastian is a centrally-located venue intended for a wide audience, where school groups and students, children and families, teenagers and adults will find more than just an ideal starting point from which to fan out into all 15 collections of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Following their visits, these same groups will also have opportunities to enlarge upon and discuss their observations, experiences and questions in a very creative environment. In addition to large regional and supraregional educational projects which will be realised here in the future, Haus Bastian offers a forum to debate current and future-oriented questions surrounding educational work, such as social participation, inclusion or political education.
The Centre for Cultural Education is located in a building designed by David Chipperfield, which was used as a gallery until the beginning of 2019, before the Bastian family made a gift of the site to the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz. Since spring 2019, all four floors of the building have been transformed into spaces designed for learning, live experience and communication.
The programme for the Centre for Cultural Education falls under the responsibilities of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin’s Education, Outreach, and Visitor Services Department.