Humboldt Forum

Humboldt Forum

As a cultural city quarter and modern museum, the Humboldt Forum in the City Palace invites visitors to engage in a dialogue between art and science.

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    The Humboldt Forum museum and event building on Schloßplatz and the television tower in Berlin Mitte.
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    Two young women stroll through the Schlüterhof of the Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Palace.
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Is the Humboldt Forum the Berlin City Palace (Stadtschloss)? A question that one or two Berliners and visitors to Berlin have certainly asked themselves at some point. While the City Palace only describes the facade of the building, the Humboldt Forum is what will fill the structure with life.

In 2008, the Italian architect Franco Stella won the tender for the reconstruction of the Berlin City Palace with his design. The design envisages that three exterior facades of the palace will be restored to their original appearance. The east facade and the interior of the palace, on the other hand, are to be created as the Humboldt Forum, architecturally simple and minimalist. The Humboldt Forum is named after the brothers Alexander and Wilhelm von Humboldt.

Concept of the Humboldt Forum

The Humboldt Forum will unite various cultural and scientific institutions under its roof and function as a new cultural city quarter in Berlin Mitte. The Ethnological Museum, the Museum of Asian Art, the Berlin Exhibition and the Humboldt Laboratory of the Humboldt University will move into the Humboldt Forum. Following the principle of the former Berlin Kunstkammer, the permanent exhibitions and temporary projects will create a link between art and science. The concept of the Humboldt Forum thus borrows from the chambers of art and curiosities at the princely courts of the 16th century, in which the fields of nature, art and science were related to each other. All this awaits visitors to the modern Humboldt Forum as well. In addition, the eventful history of the place where the City Palace now stands is thematised.


The collections of the Ethnological Museum and the Museum of Asian Art present ethnological, archaeological and art-historical objects on more than 17,000 square metres. The Ethnological Museum is dedicated to the past and present cultures of Africa, America, Asia, Australia and the South Seas. The Museum of Asian Art displays paintings, ceramics, sculptures and handicrafts from the 5th millennium BC to the present. Flexible exhibition units enable the exhibits of both museums to be put in relation to each other and to take up current issues. In addition, temporary exhibition areas, display cabinets, junior areas and action rooms ensure a dynamic exhibition culture.

Humboldt Labor

The Humboldt Laboratory in the Humboldt Forum is presented by Humboldt-Universität Berlin and is intended as a lively place for knowledge and science to inform visitors about their diversity and relevance. On 1000 square metres, diverse topics and formats encourage visitors to inform themselves and participate. The important questions of our time will be discussed at exhibitions, workshops, experiments, lectures, discussion series, performances, media installations and research stations. Humboldt University's sound archive, one of the world's most important collections of historical sound recordings, is also moving into the Humboldt Laboratory.
The Humboldt Forum is complemented as an exhibition and event venue by restaurants, cafés, bookshops and shops.


10178 Berlin
(030) 992 118 989
20. July 2021, 2 p.m.
Opening hours
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission Fee
Free, varying prices depending on the exhibition

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| Last edited: 31. August 2021