The Humboldt Forum is a new museum of non-European art on the Museum Island in the historic center of Berlin. It was named in honour of the Prussian scholars Wilhelm and Alexander von Humboldt. The architect Franco Stella designed the modern interior and also rebuilt the facades of the old Royal Palace. Also on the east side of the Forum, he added a modern exterior facade with an observation deck just above the water’s surface on the banks of the River Spree. The Humboldt Forum incorporates two former museums, the Ethnological Museum of Berlin and the Museum of Asian Art.
Starting from the impressive foyer on the ground floor, which connects high-rise modern gallery walls with the reconstructed palace portal. The visitors can see in the sculpture hall the original sandstone figures of the castle facades. Also, they can learn about the history of the building in the palace cellar. Here archaeologists discovered the remains of the medieval Dominican monastery and the foundations of the palace.
On the first floor, the Berlin exhibition offers a surprising special view of Berlin. The exhibits on this floor are related to the history of the city. They offer a way to understand how global developments have influenced and shaped Berlin. It also asks what impact Berlin has had on the world. It does in an interactive way with the help of the visitors.2
The new Humboldt Laboratory
The Museum also houses the new Humboldt Laboratory. it is a project of Berlin’s Humboldt University. The Laboratory is a workshop for all those who want to take part in the process of scientific research and discuss global problems and challenges such as climate change, environmental destruction and species extinction.
From autumn 2021, certainly the Forum will host on the second and third floors, a unique exhibition with outstanding exhibits from Africa, America, Asia and Oceania, dating from the 5th millennium B.C. to the present day. These artefacts that come from the world-renowned collections of the Ethological Museum and the Museum of Asian Art in Berlin will include: Chinese court art, richly decorated houses from Palau, bronze and ivory reliefs from Benin and stelae from Guatemala.
The Museum with its outstanding collections that have been assembled under one roof. The varied program of exhibitions, events, and educational and digital offerings has the purpose to inspire visitors to gain new insights into the world of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
After the Covid-19 pandemic, the museum is open again. The museum’s opening hours are from 10 am to 8 pm. However, if you want to visit the museum, you have to book your ticket in advance.
For more information about the Museum, visit the official website: www.humboldtforum.org.
Also you can take a virtual tour to grounds of the Museum by following this link: Virtual tour through the Humboldt Forum
Author: Antonis Tsapepas