Übersee-Museum Bremen Reviews
Preserving history in a changing world Oct 10, 2014
Übersee-Museum Bremen was founded in 1875 as Museum of Natural History. Later, with increasing donations, it became a Museum of Ethnology and Natural History. In 1935, it was renamed „Deutsches Kolonial- und Übersee-Museum“ (German Museum of Colonies and Overseas Territory), even though Germany did not have colonies at that time. After World War II, it became a museum of foreign cultures.
Four departments are dealing with foreign continents:
Asia and Oceania departments are located on first floor. Africa and America departments are located on second floor.
The Asia department displays some fine examples of Chinese art, which were sold to Europeans in 1900 for a very low price.
All exhibitions are under permanent redevelopment:
The Oceania exhibition was redeveloped in 2003, the Asia exhibition was redeveloped in 2006 and the Africa exhibition was redeveloped in 2013. The Africa exhibition got English subtitles, whereas the Asia and Oceania exhibitions only have German descriptions. Each department is trying to explain one part of foreign life to schoolchildren.
During childhood, this museum incited my interest for foreign cultures. Meanwhile, you can watch foreign continents on YouTube, so this museum has lost much of its former fascination.
Most of the exhibits are displayed in an accessible magazine, which is even more impressive than the museum itself.
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