100% Cotton

It is a true multi-talent: from jeans to banknotes, it is almost unthinkable to imagine our everyday life without cotton. “100% cotton” takes a look at the cultural stories that this plant has been writing for 5,000 years and also ventures a glimpse into the future.

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Admission and opening

No restrictions apply to museum visits and all events as of April 2. In the permanent exhibitions of the museum there is no mask obligation, because a minimum distance can be maintained almost everywhere.

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The Übersee-Museum offers free welcome tickets as well as guided tours of the house for Ukrainian refugees. You will also find a statement from the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and an appeal for donations.


Provenance research and Repatriations

Since 2015, the Übersee-Museum has conducted two long-term projects on Nazi looted property in its holdings, funded by the Arbeitsstelle für Provenienzforschung (Working Group for Provenance Research) and its successor, the Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste (German Center for the Loss of Cultural Property). Currently, a third long-term project, again supported by the German Center for the Loss of Cultural Property, is researching the provenance of collection items from a colonial context.

Provenance research at the museum


The digital availability of our collection is an important concern to us. We are working on showing our collection information online. On this page we report about our next steps.

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Free Wifi & media guide

You can call up our media guide at any time from home and listen to audio tours of our exhibitions or information about the objects in the Übermaxx visible storage.

To the online media guide
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Take a stand

The neutrality of museums has been increasingly questioned for years. Whereas in the past decades the museum had to be established as a neutral place for everyone, now a clear positioning is required: What values does the museum stand for?

To the position papers

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