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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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.
 Bronze plaque with two richly adorned Figures, holding a ball in their hands.
Ethnological Collection
Colonial looted art, provenance research and sensitive collections: in recent years, ethnological museums and the objects preserved in them have become the focus of critical public scrutiny as never before. But what actually makes ethnological collections and their objects "sensitive"?
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.