Overview

The museum complex in Dahlem was planned by Bruno Paul as long ago as 1914 and was only partly completed. Nearly half a century later, architects Wils Ebert and Fritz Bornemann completed the ensemble in an altered form. Today the Dahlem site holds the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin’s non-European and ethnographic collections, with their unique ethnographic artefacts and art treasures: the Ethnologisches Museum and the Museum für Asiatische Kunst. The ethnographic and Asian-art collections will one day go on display in the Humboldt Forum at the soon-to-be-reconstructed Berlin Palace, directly opposite the Museumsinsel Berlin, striking a synergetic counterpoint to its exhibitions on the art of the Occidental world. The Museum Europäischer Kulturen completes the present triad of museums at the Dahlem site. It is dedicated to European cultural history and everyday culture. Plans are being drawn up for the museum to relocate to the Kulturforum, where it will form an enriching complement to the galleries and museums dedicated to European art and design.