Museum of Ethnology

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Rothenbaumchaussee 64, Hamburg, Germany

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One visit - many differect civilizations Sep 25, 2014
Museum of Ethnology (Museum für Völkerkunde) is a collection of arts and crafts from non-European civilizations, founded in 1879. This building is located next to University of Hamburg, Hallerstraße is the next subway station. This museum regularly organizes special exhibitions and cultural festivals associated with displayed civilizations.

All descriptions are made in German, English and often a third world language that is spoken in this specific area. Entrance fee for adults is 8.50 EUR, but there are discounts for students, handicapped, unemployed, and transit pass users. Citizens of New Zealand may enter for free. Why?

Maori house "Rauru" (second floor)

This museum owns one of only four Maori meeting houses outside New Zealand. This house was completed in 1900, but after inauguration some Maori participants suddenly died. Maoris considered is as bad fate and sold this house to a German museum. The ethnologic museum in Berlin did not want to pay a high price for a non-traditional carving, so the ethnologic museum in Hamburg bought it. Since 1986, it serves as a meeting room for Maori living in Hamburg. Each visitor from New Zealand may enter this museum for free, in order to encourage Maoris to talk with their house. This house is not accessible for wheelchair users.

Indians of North America (first floor)

This department, located on the right side behind the entrance, displays the history of American Indians during the last 200 years, turning them from self-sufficient hunters and gatherers to reservation inmates. Descriptions are available in German, English and French.

Treasures of the Andes (first floor)

This department, located between library and African department, displays archeological excavations from South America, either made by Incas or by their numerous forerunning civilizations. Descriptions are available in German, English and Spanish.

Africa (first floor)

This department covers the largest variety of civilizations, ranging from hunters and gatherers to Ethiopian-Orthodox paintings.

Egypt (first and second floor)

This department, displaying some mummies from Egypt, is small and hard to access, as visitors have to climb stairs up and down. Descriptions are available in German, English and Arabic.

Bali (second floor)

This hall displays a gamelan theatre from Bali.

Masks of the South Sea (second floor)

This department close to Maori house displays masks of the South Sea. Whenever somebody died, his relatives are carving a mask in order to honor him. After performing the funeral service, these masks are either disposed or sold, e.g. to ethnological museums.

Maya (second floor)

This department displays everyday life in a Maya village in Guatemala in a permanent tension between Roman Catholicism and old Maya religion. Descriptions are available in German and Spanish.
Maori house "Rauru"
Maori house
North American Indians
African carving
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