Discover the Collection

Discover what has until now been hidden from view! Take a fresh look at these rich, diverse collections. Via their Online Collection, the Freiburg Municipal Museums are facilitating unprecedented, open access to their holdings, currently represented by around 800 highlight objects. The number of objects and available information continues to grow, so it is always worthwhile checking in from time to time.

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Research and Share

The Online Collection is a comprehensive source of information on art and cultural history, ethnology and natural history objects. The overall intention is to encourage people across the world to engage both with the contents of the collection and in reciprocal exchange. Content can also be shared via diverse social media channels.

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Further Use

The Freiburg Municipal Museums want to provide open access to knowledge. Sustainability plays an important role in this regard. Images of works owned by the Freiburg Municipal Museums, which are no longer protected by copyright, are available for download under the CC BY 4.0 licence and can be used for private, scientific and creative purposes.

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Blick in die Ausstellung "Japanische Fotografien"
Museum Natur und Mensch
Fascinating landscapes, spectacular temples or people adopting romantically staged poses while wearing traditional costumes: early photographs such as these, hand-coloured in delicate shades, still influence the image of Japan abroad to this day. Countless ateliers offered the images for sale as souvenirs. Their dissemination throughout Europe led to Japan becoming a place of longing for many travellers towards the end of the 19th century.
Nahaufnahme des Himmelsstürmers Phaeton
Haus der Graphischen Sammlung
“A rare Proteus in art” – this is how biographer Carel van Mander describes his fellow artist, colleague, and friend, Hendrick Goltzius. The sea-god Proteus, able to transform his shape at will, came to symbolise this artist whose work and life were informed by transformation.
Figur mit Maske
Museum für Neue Kunst
His gaze is empathic, witty and ironic, but also full of doubt and contradiction: Christoph Meckel (1935-2020) observed and commented on his era. In the exhibited prints, one can sense an individualistic canon of forms that addresses important social issues.
Bauernhäuser im Schwarzwald, auf den Feldern davor ein Bauer, mit der Sense mähend
Dark forests, quaint farms, "Bollenhut" and cherry cake: hardly any other German cultural landscape is afflicted with so many clichés as the Black Forest. Even today it is a place of longing and a popular holiday destination. But how did this myth come about? What is the truth about the stories and fairy tales that surround the region? We let the pictures tell their stories.
Blick in einen Ankleideraum in einem Restaurant in dem sich drei japanische Kurtisanen gerade auf den Abend vorbereiten
Ethnographical Collection
Lyrical landscapes, graceful geishas and dramatic scenes from the theatre: the rare and valuable Japanese woodblock prints that entered the collection of the Freiburg municipal museums nearly one hundred years ago allow a vivid ephemeral world to unfold before our eyes.