How did the exhibits from all around the world get here? Where they collected, bought, stolen, gifted or exchanged? And what role did the museum staff as collectors and clients, the shipping companies, merchants, missionaries or ethnographic and natural produce dealers play?
This new exhibition is a critical reflection on the history of the Übersee-Museum. The acquisition of the collection and the forms of presentation of the first 100 museum years are discussed as well as the latest results of the museum’s own provenance research on the colonial and Nazi era. In addition, there is a reunion with some of the public’s favorites, such as the skeleton of a dinosaur, the general store or a island hut from the south sea.
In the exhibition, visitors were asked to share their personal memories of the Übersee-Museum. Here we share these memories with you:Memories of the Übersee-Museum (in German)
Anyone who wants to know why collections are still being made today, how provenance research is carried out or what defines the work of curators will find what they are looking for in the exhibition. Museum staff will talk about their work in a media station.To the online-application “Questions to a museum” (in German)
A free media guide is available for this exhibition. You can use it during your visit in our free WiFi in the museum or simply online:To the online mediaguide
A media guide for children is also available online and in the exhibition:To the online media guide (children’s version – in German)
Atlas figure of North German Lloyd in the entrance area of the exhibition | CC BY-SA 4.0 Übersee-Museum Bremen, photo: Volker Beinhorn
Origin becomes visible: African mask from the collection of the former Lüderitz Museum | CC BY-SA 4.0 Übersee-Museum Bremen, photo: Volker Beinhorn
"Ideal world" and local history: deer diorama from the 1950s | CC BY-SA 4.0 Übersee-Museum Bremen, photo: Volker Beinhorn
From the history of exhibition making: life-like representation in the diorama | CC BY-SA 4.0 Übersee-Museum Bremen, photo: Volker Beinhorn
Exhibition area on the upheavals and changes of the 1970s and 1980s | CC BY-SA 4.0 Übersee-Museum Bremen, photo: Volker Beinhorn
Exhibition memory room | CC BY-SA 4.0 Übersee-Museum Bremen, photo: Volker Beinhorn
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