First Data Donation of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin to Wikimedia

Institut für Museumsforschung

Since June 2022, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin has been presenting the first donation of close to 10,000 object images from the Gemäldegalerie (Old Master Paintings) and the Münzkabinett (Numismatic Collection) that are now in the Wikimedia media archive. This “data donation” was exemplarily coordinated and initiated by the Institut für Museumsforschung (Institute for Museum Research) – Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin.

As public domain or designated as CC-BY-SA, the digitized images are being made as openly available as possible. The provision of extensive object information from the museums ensures not only a high quality of digital image but also of metadata. This first successful implementation of a data donation of images from the Gemäldegalerie and images from the Münzkabinett to Wikimedia Commons has prepared the way for further data donations.

Initiative to Present Museums’ Collections on Wikimedia Commons

A joint initiative involving the Institut für Museumsforschung and representatives of the Wiki community supports museums that want to use this platform. The initiative ensures that properly maintained and verified object information and reproductions can be made available to a broad public. Open licensing means there is a possibility of additional uses.

Further information can be found on the initiative’s subpage. If you have questions, please contact:

Institut für Museumsforschung
Frank von Hagel
Telefon: +49 (0) 30 266 42 69 04
E-Mail: f.v.hagel[at]