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Übersee-Museum Bremen

The Übersee-Museum Bremen is unique within Europe: Distant continents have always fascinated both travellers and those who stay at home. In the Übersee-Museum you can immerse yourself in life on distant continents and find out more about their fascinating cultures and natural environments, with unique exhibits from across the world, superb animal dioramas and real plants.


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Premise rentals

The Übersee-Museum combines impressive architecture and exhibitions, thus creating an atmosphere that offers versatile and exceptional scope for events, presentations or festivities. DIORAMA – The 360° Location, the foyer, the Atlas hall or Oceania, in the first atrium of the museum, provides the perfect backdrop for your event. The Übersee-Museum team would also be happy to elaborate a supporting and interval programme in the museum.

History of the Übersee-Museum

The present-day Übersee-Museum first opened its doors as the “Städtische Museum für Natur -, Völker- und Handelskunde” on the 15th of January 1896. The founding director, Hugo Schauinsland, presented exhibitions that had the goal of being equally fascinating for scientists and interested laypersons, and depicted humans and animals in their natural environment for the very first time. His central theme was: “The World under one Umbrella”. The museum rapidly gained renown as a place of interest that was well-known far beyond Bremen’s borders and this still holds true to this very day.


The Übersee-Museum has a reference library that has the objective of supporting the scientific work within the museum – but it is also available to the public. Printed or electronic media, approximately 60,000 monographs and periodical volumes from ethnology, the natural sciences, commerce and the history of colonies can be found here. With 449 national and international partner institutions, the library is presently fostering the exchange of scientific writings.

About Friendship

The members of the Friends of the Übersee-Museum have been supporting the museum since 1985, with the purpose of contributing to the inventory and further development of the museum, as well as enhancing its attractiveness. Among others, the membership contributions support the museum in implementing individual undertakings, exhibitions or the restoration of objects. New members – individual persons, families, companies or institutions – are always more than welcome.

Sponsors wanted!

With the slogan “Museums need Friends - Exhibits need Sponsors”, the Übersee-Museum is in search of people who would like to become involved in providing financial assistance aimed at preserving and maintaining individual exhibits. Sponsorships in value of 50 to 10,000 euros can be pledged. We would be happy to provide individual consultation regarding the different sponsorship possibilities.

Restaurant Café Übersee

The Restaurant Café Übersee caters for your every need. Here you can drop by and fortify yourself during an extensive visit to the Übersee-Museum, before continuing on your discovery tour after the break.