The Royal Prussian Phonographic Commission was founded in 1915 with the goal of documenting the language and music of foreign soldiers interned in German prison camps. Among the holdings of the Berlin Phonogram Archive in the Ethnologisches Museum, the wax cylinder collection "Phonographische Kommission (Phonographic Commission)" with some 1000 cylinders remains the most extensive of the historical collections. The sound documents consist exclusively of music recordings.
Photographs from the holdings of the Museum Europäischer Kulturen from the Wüns-dorf and Zossen prison camps near Berlin complete the sound recording collection. These prisoners received special treatment from the Germans, who wanted to "re-educate" them to serve in the German ranks. To this end, the photographs taken by Otto Stiehl for the camp commandant's office were also used for propaganda.
Address / Getting there
Lansstraße 8 / Arnimallee 25
partially wheelchair accessible
Sun 11:00 - 18:00
Tue 10:00 - 17:00
Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Thu 10:00 - 17:00
Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 11:00 - 18:00
Opening times on public holidays Opening hours
Last admission and ticket sales 30 minutes before closing time.
Please notice that the South Seas collection and the collection on the ethnology of North America (Indians/Native Americans) as well as the Junior Museum will be closed from January 11th 2016.
Prices / Tickets
Admission ticket Museum Europäischer Kulturen
8,00 EUR Concessions 4,00
Museum Europäischer Kulturen
Museum Pass Berlin 3 days for permanent exhibitions
29,00 EUR Concessions 14,50
3 days for permanent exhibitions
Annual membership Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
from just 25,00 EUR
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