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Sponsors wanted!

What would a museum be without its exhibits? There are 1.2 million "contemporary witnesses" from across the world that bring history to life in the Übersee-Museum and succeed in making great distances vanish, in addition to elucidating the cultural or natural history coherences and allowing visitors to expand their knowledge. Yet preserving these for posterity is by no means simple. Restoration or taxidermy requires a high degree of expertise as well as the appropriate equipment.

Therefore, 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. By doing so, the museum is supported in satisfying its educational mandate, in addition to being preserved as a place for lifelong learning as well as intercultural encounters. 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.

Benefits for "sponsor parents":

  • Sponsor's name is mentiones in the foyer
  • A photo and a brief description of the "sponsor child" is sent to the "sponsor parent"
  • With a sponsorship amount of € 1,000 or more, additional mention of sponsor's name at the exhibit 
  • With a sponsorship amount of €10,000 or more, the usage right to publish in company-own media
  • Charitable donation certificate


Petra Wollgast
Tel. +49 421 160 38-109
Fax +49 421 160 38-99

Bahnhofsplatz 13
28195 Bremen

Sponsor children “Asia – Continent of Contrasts”

In 2006, the Übersee-Museum opened the permanent exhibition "Asia - Continent of Contrasts" in the 2nd atrium. On the occasion of the exhibit's new design, some of the exhibits on display there found sponsor parents - yet others are still waiting to become "a part of the family". Be it objects that are found in nature, ethnology or commerce, a small selection is presented for interested persons in the following.

Plumplori, Sponsorship €500

Nycticebus coucang (Boddaert, 1785)

Little museum phantom: The slow Ioris belongs to the family of prosimians and has its natural habitat in the tropical rainforests of South-East Asia. Apart from fruits and insects, its diet consists of small reptiles, birds and mammals, which it skilfully preys on. This slow Ioris on display here is something special: Its receipt can neither be verified in a register of received items nor in any catalogue of the Übersee-Museum.

Binturong, Sponsorship €1,000

Arctictis binturong (Rafles, 1821)

From the zoo to the museum: The Binturong belongs to the family of viverridae. Although it is the only mammal with a grasping tail, which it uses for holding on to objects and as a balancing pole, it is larger than all other members of the viverrid family, and its fur has a different structure. However, its mode of life, dentition and nutrition clearly classifies it as one of them. This Binturong originates from "Tiergrotten Bremerhaven", which today is known as "Zoo am Meer" and came to us in 1972.

Saiga, Sponsorship €1,000

Saiga tatarica (Linné, 1766)

Impressive nose: Today the scientists assume that the saiga holds a central position between antelopes and sheep. Its nose is particularly striking, as it ends in a short, movable snout. Its natural habitat includes steppes and semi-deserts from the Caucasus in Russia right up to the southwest areas of Mongolia. This saiga came to the Übersee-Museum from the Zoological Museum in Helsinki and was exhibited in 1980.

Steller See Cow, Sponsorship €10,000

Peace of Hide, Hydrodamalis gigas (Zimmermann, 1780)

Rare hide: Only discovered by Georg Wilhelm Steller in 1741, the Steller sea cow had already become extinct in 1768. Its natural habitat was solely found in the waters surrounding the Commander Islands, located to the east off the coast of Kamchatka. The Übersee-Museum has in its possession the largest piece of Steller sea cow hide to be found worldwide. It became a part of the collection between 1876 and 1884. Only the Zoological Museum of St. Petersburg has a second, albeit much smaller, piece of this sea cow's hide.

Swamp Buffalo, Sponsorship €10,000

Bubalus arnee forma domesticata

Simply unimaginable: Without swamp buffalos there would be no cultivation of rice, because they are the only working animals that can draw a plough in wet rice paddies. Swamp buffalos, also referred to as Kerabau, have apparently already been bred for 5,000 years. Apart from their use as draught animals, they are also used as riding and pack animals. The Übersee-Museum is one of only a few museums in Europe that has swamp buffalos on display. This exhibit comes from an Asian breeding line in Germany.

Sponsor children “What makes the world go round”

Since November 2010 “What makes the world go round” has been presenting central themes of globalisation which cannot be reduced to individual continents. Some exhibits from the fields of natural history, ethnology and commerce are still available for sponsorships. In the following you can find a small selection.

Headdress, Sponsorship: €500

Tanzania, Maasai

Attractive men: Bravery, self-confidence and attractiveness are characteristics that are expected of the Maasai warriors. For this reason they also spend a lot of time on their appearance. In the past they used to wear this kind of headdress, which was fastened to the back of the head and the chin with a leather strap. Today this valuable headdress, adorned with ostrich feathers and leather, is only very rarely worn.

Rice Wine Pitcher, Sponsorship: €500

China, Qing-Dynasty, Kang Xi Period (1662 – 1722)

Long life: In China, the graphic character “shou” stands for “long life”. As in the writing styles of ink painting, this exceptionally shaped pitcher has been designed as a symbol of good luck.

Nandu, Fledgling, Sponsorship: €300

Rhea americana (Linné, 1758)

Getting around on foot: After the Kiwi, the South American Nandu is the smallest flightless bird on earth. Nandus are omnivores: They eat virtually all parts of plants in addition to ripe fruits, insects and small vertebrates, ranging from lizards, right up to small birds. This fledgling is approximately four weeks old, originated from a pheasant house, and was dissected in the Übersee-Museum in 2004.

Drum, Sponsorship: €500

Nigeria, Yoruba, Ganslmayer Collection, 1972


Speaking drums: To this very day, the Yoruba in Nigeria let their drums speak. To do this, the drummers hit a membrane with a bent wooden stick and the tone pitch is varied by moving the tone chords, which are located on the outer sides of the drums. As in the tonal language of the Yoruba, it creates a high, middle and deep tone and, on top of this, the drums are even used for presenting poetry.

Batak-book, Sponsorship: €200

Indonesia, Sumatra, Batak, 19th Centur


Secret knowledge: Only special priests, the Datus, who were said to have magical knowledge, mastered the script of the Batak, which knows neither punctuation nor word separation. The Datus kept their knowledge in a secret ritual language, written in the so-called “Pustaha” spell books – which are fold-out albums made of tree barks, with a wooden book cover. Most frequently, this album contained instructions for performing rituals.