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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 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"?
Die Familie ist versammelt um den Tisch in der Stube. Am Tisch legt eine alte Frau Karten aus. Der Vater lehnt sich, von der Vorhersage erschreckt, zurück.
His paintings are so alive, it is as if one can almost hear the clinking of the glasses and the laughing of the children. Johann Baptist Kirner was once one of the most celebrated painters in the Black Forest but is now almost forgotten. Discover his painted stories here!
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.
Rentierkörper aus Metall ohne Beine auf Platte montiert
Museum für Neue Kunst
The Museum für Neue Kunst (MNK) is celebrating a rediscovery: Priska von Martin (1912–1982) left an extensive and extremely modern oeuvre to posterity. In her life, she broke new ground and created something extraordinary in what was the male domain of sculpture at that time.
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.