Roemer- and Pelizaeus- Museum
Since its beginnings, the house combines as a “World Museum” art treasures from all over the world with natural history and a rich collection of the city’s history. Hermann Roemer (1816-1894) and Wilhelm Pelizaeus (1851-1930) donated their collections to their hometown, establishing the foundation for the museum.
In 1907 the businessman Wilhelm Pelizaeus gave a significant collection of artefacts he acquired through excavations at Giza. Today the Roemer- and Pelizaeus-Museum presents a unique collection from the age of the pyramids worldwide. The RPM houses not only an ancient Egyptian collection of world importance, but also one of Europe’s most beautiful and oldest Ethnographic collections.
Unfortunately, only a small part of those collections are on display. Outstanding examples of Chinese porcelain from the 15th to the 19th century were made for the Chinese imperial court and impresses with its variety of colours and motifs. Richly decorated ceramics, colourful textiles and burial objects made from silver and gold, give an insight into the cultures of the Ancient Americas. Today this collection – from the South Seas to Alaska, from Africa and Indonesia to America ¬– is one of the oldest Ethnological collections in Germany.
A first step towards an inclusive museum is the permanent exhibition “Museum of the senses”, where every visitor can experience the cultural history and the history of the earth interactively.
Regularly scheduled special exhibitions address a wide range of topics and continue to inspire large audiences
The new building of the Museum took place from 1998 to 2000 . The two narrow buildings are 11 and 14 meters long and a generous staircase between the two parts of the building is reminiscent of a ” ravine with inputs into the grave chambers ” . On the second floor a glass pavilion offers a splendid view over the city’s rooftops . The museum building has a total area of 2431 m² , the exhibition space is 1800 m² .
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