Political Education in Museums

How can the examination of objects of art and cultural history in museums contribute to the political education of children, adolescents and young adults? In this pilot project, Haus Bastian and the collections on the Museumsinsel will become experimental arenas for political education work in museums. A collaboration of specialists from the fields of cultural and political education with teachers and students defines questions and topics derived from political education. They discuss how such topics can be applied in a museum context.

Working Group: Culture, Politics and Education

Specialists in the fields of political education, cultural education as well as a merger of pedagogy and educational sciences regularly lead workshops, seminars and other types of group sessions at Haus Bastian. The goal of the project is to build up a flexible interdisciplinary network, whose members are jointly working on an agenda for the establishment of political education in museum contexts.

Project Days for School Groups

Prototypical event formats ‒ including project days and project weeks ‒ are tested and evaluated with students and teachers. Social and political themes, which reflect points of connection in the museum collections or the participants’ own living environments, are practically identified. A repertoire of methodologies is expected to be built up for the political education of young people in museums.

Continuing Education for Disseminators

In continuing education sessions, the staffs of museums, schools and youth organisations exchange ideas about formats and methods, which could find applications in educational work both during and outside of school curriculums.

“Political Education in Museums” is part of the project “Shared Past – Shared Future”. It is realised in close cooperation with the Museum für Islamische Kunst (Museum for Islamic Art).


The project Political Education in Museums is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.