Afghan Museum

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Afghan Museum
Afghanisches Museum (in German)
Afghan Museum is located in Hamburg
Afghan Museum
Location of the Afghan Museum in Hamburg
Afghan Museum is located in Germany
Afghan Museum
Location of the Afghan Museum in Hamburg
Established 1998
Dissolved December, 23rd 2011
Location Hamburg, Germany
Coordinates 53°32′36″N 9°59′22″E / 53.543333°N 9.989444°E / 53.543333; 9.989444
Type Culture and cultural history
Public transit access Messberg
Website (no longer in service)

The Afghan Museum (German: Afghanisches Museum) was private museum of culture and cultural history of Afghanistan, situated in the historic and picturesque Speicherstadt (warehouse district) of Hamburg, Germany. The museum's mandate was to bring the authentic and traditional aspects of Afghan culture to life.


This private museum was opened in March 1998 by lawyer and businessman Nek Mohamad Pirzad, his family and friends and was closed in December 2011

Interior and contents[edit]

The artistic design for the museum was led by Mr. Hessan, an Afghan artist living in Germany. The museum housed displays how a cobbler repairs worn out shoes, tandoori bread is baked, a carpet-maker ties knots for a large Afghan carpet with the famous Elephantfoot pattern. Exhibitions displayed a look inside a tea house and a Turkmen tent called yurt, or under an Afghan veil (chadri). Reproductions of the great fortress of Bost, Qala-e-Bost, in Lashkar Gah, the big Buddhas of Bamyan, and the minaret of Jam are represented.

The store offered green tea flavoured with cardamom, roasted chick peas, raisins, mulberries, Afghan jewellery and clothes were sold.


The museum took part in the Long Night of Museums of Hamburg.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lange Nacht der Museen Afghanisches Museum" (in German). Der Museumsdienst Hamburg. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 53°32′36″N 9°59′22″E / 53.54333°N 9.98944°E / 53.54333; 9.98944