Ethnological Museum of Berlin

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Ethnological Museum of Berlin, Germany
Melanesien-Abteilung Berlin-Dahlem Ethnologisches Museum.jpg
The Melanesian room, with reconstructed houses
Ethnological Museum of Berlin is located in Germany
Ethnological Museum of Berlin
Location of Ethnological Museum in Berlin, Germany
Established Original in 1873, new building in 1886, and after World War II rebuilt in present form in 1970
Dissolved Destroyed during World War II and rebuilt in present form in 1970
Location Dahlem
Coordinates 52°27′24″N 13°17′31″E / 52.4567°N 13.2919°E / 52.4567; 13.2919
Type Ethnological
Website http://www.smb.museum/smb/sammlungen/details.php?lang=en&objectId=56

The Ethnological Museum in Berlin (German: Ethnologisches Museum; until 1999 Museum für Völkerkunde) is one of the largest ethnological museums in the world. It houses half a million pre-industrial objects, acquired primarily from the German voyages of exploration and colonialization of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It is famous for its reconstructed houses from around the world, its boats, and its many Benin bronzes.

Exhibit featuring artefacts from the indigenous communities of North America
Exhibit deaturing artefacts from Mesoamerica

The museum is located in the Dahlem neighborhood of the borough of Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Berlin. It shares a building with the Museum für Asiatische Kunst, and the Museum Europäischer Kulturen. It is one of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (National Museums in Berlin).

The museum includes one of the first ethnomusicology collections of sound recordings (the Berliner Phonogramm-Archiv), a film archive, a children's museum, and a museum for the blind.

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