Ethnological Museum | Humboldt Forum - Berlin

Humboldt Forum | Ethnological Museum - Berlin - Permanent Exhibition Design

The world's largest ethnological museum will be illuminated on Museum Island in Berlin. The interior design and museum layout will cover an impressive area of 17,000 sqm. The showcases have been studied, designed and engineered down to the smallest detail, integrating the objects, lights, texts and media to give the visitor the greatest experience.

Ethnological Museum
Location: Museum Island, Berlin
Exhibition design: RAA - Ralph Appelbaum Associates

The Ethnological Museum Berlin belongs with its 17,000 sqm exhibition space the to the largest public museums in the world. The new Ethnologic Museum will be constructed inside the Humbolt Forum building, designed by Italian architect Franco Stella. The project largely follows the old castle tradition, originally built for the Royal Family and then completely demolished after World War II. The new museum project will incorporate two institutions already present in Berlin, the Ethnological Museum of Dahlem and the Museum of Asian Art.

The exhibition section will display objects from archaeology, ethnology, artistic artefacts as well as a rich selection of photographs, films, sounds and media objects. The design challenge was to represent the needs of flexibility for contemporary museums. More than 5.000 pieces of various sizes will be on display.

The exhibition path has been divided into different areas. Each area will have its own personal identity, enhancing each exposed element through detailed research of shapes, materials, lights and media interactions. All displays are made to measure and studied in detail to offer the best technology and the visitor's experience.