About us

The museum promotes the appreciation for and knowledge of the cultures and arts of the world. Through exhibitions, events and research, it provides spaces for cultural encounters and critical reflection. Founded in an era of colonial power imbalance, the museum today aims to question traditional certainties and encourage global citizenship through cooperation and in an atmosphere of respect, openness and empathy.

Our work is based on the collections. The museum is committed to preserving and expanding these collections as well as to making them available, and it wants to make the meaning of things, their beauty and the knowledge stored in them accessible to the public. It invites us to look at them from a variety of perspectives, which comprise an understanding of their context of origin, historical correlations and their significance in a globalized society.

Our Team

Contact

General information

Rothenbaumchaussee 64, 20359 Hamburg  

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Board of Directors

Prof. Dr. Barbara Plankensteiner

director (board)  

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Dora-Maria Sonderhoff

secretariat  

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Andrea Farnung

secretariat  

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Dr. Johanna Wild

personal assistant to the director  

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Marc von Itter

commercial director (board)  

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Press, Marketing & Sponsoring

Christine Ziesmer

marketing & public relations  

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Sarah Khan-Heiser

press, public relations & fundraising  

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Exhibition Management

Dr. Carl Triesch

exhibition management  

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Event and Education

Gabriel Schimmeroth

Head of Public Programming and Project Curator  

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Manuel Bolz

Assistenz Veranstaltungs- und Vermittlungsabteilung  

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Rilando June Lamadjido

curator of education  

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Manuel Bolz

Assistenz Veranstaltungs- und Vermittlungsabteilung  

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Service and Administration

Dirk Hanten

technical director  

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Mario König

facility manager  

 
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Thomas Dähn, Qamil Zyberaj

facility management  

 
 
 

Jan Sorge, Adrian Guadamuro Galera

Building technology: electrician; heating, air conditioning, sanitary and building control technology  

 
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Andrej Goloborodko, Michael Beuttenmüller

carpenter  

 
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Ines Sötebier, Galyna Bandurka, Marlies Engel, Anke Truszewich-Puthi, Ana Maria Viafara de los Rios

cleaning service  

 
 
 

Susanne Richter

accountant  

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Nils Fiebig

Controlling / Fundraising  

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Melanie Bauer

head of administration  

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Elena Lapidus

human resources  

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Moustapha Gueye

IT manager  

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Susanne Walther

loans and registry  

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Susanne Kemmer

rentals and shop management  

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Svenja Koch

head of visitor service  

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Rebecca Agong, Regina Basman, Olena Divinsky, Christian Golla, Lothar Kühlke, Kirsten Ohls, Anna Soetebeer, Simone Stojanowski

visitor service  

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Conservation Department

Bodil Unckel

Head of Conservation Department  

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Susanne Harbach

Object Conservation  

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Wiebke Hattendorf

Object Conservation  

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Christiane Höber

Conservation Wood  

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Corine Siegmund

Conservation Textiles  

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Jan Neidhardt

Coordinator Collections Handling / Storage  

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Jens Krause, Britta Ledebur, Anke Sievers

Collection Handling / Storage  

 
 
 

Larissa Bauch, Joscha Machatzke

Collection Handling / Storage  

 
 
 

Science and Collection

N. N.

head curatorial team / curator East and South Asia collections  

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Christine Chávez

curator Americas collections  

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Dr. Jasmin Günther

provenance resarch  

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Lara Selin Ertener

project curator Europe  

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Dr. Jeanette Kokott

curator Oceania collections  

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Jana Caroline Reimer

curartor Northern Africa, West and Central Asia/Ancient Egypt  

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Prof. Dr. Bernd Schmelz

curator Europe und Siberian collections  

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Stéphane Kabila

Henkel-Fellow  

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Susanne Walther

document archives  

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Elisabeth Quenstedt

head of library  

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Jantje Bruns

head of library  

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Maike Mewes

library  

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Catharina Winzer

head of photographic archive  

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Paul Schimweg

photographer  

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Our Team A – Z

Rebecca Agong

Rebecca Agong

visitor service  

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Galyna Bandurka

Galyna Bandurka

cleaning service  

 
 
 

Regina Basman

Regina Basman

visitor service  

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Larissa Bauch

Larissa Bauch

Collection Handling / Storage  

 
 
 

Melanie Bauer

Melanie Bauer

head of administration  

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Michael Beuttenmüller

Michael Beuttenmüller

carpenter  

 
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Michael Beuttenmüller

Michael Beuttenmüller

carpenter  

 
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Manuel Bolz

Manuel Bolz

Assistenz Veranstaltungs- und Vermittlungsabteilung  

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Jantje Bruns

Jantje Bruns

head of library  

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Christine Chávez

Christine Chávez

curator Americas collections  

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Olena Divinsky

Olena Divinsky

visitor service  

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Thomas Dähn

Thomas Dähn

facility management  

 
 
 

Marlies Engel

Marlies Engel

cleaning service  

 
 
 

Lara Selin Ertener

Lara Selin Ertener

project curator Europe  

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Andrea Farnung

Andrea Farnung

secretariat  

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Nils Fiebig

Nils Fiebig

Controlling / Fundraising  

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Adrian Guadamuro Galera

Adrian Guadamuro Galera

Building technology: electrician; heating, air conditioning, sanitary and building control technology  

 
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Christian Golla

Christian Golla

visitor service  

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Andrej Goloborodko

Andrej Goloborodko

carpenter  

 
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Moustapha Gueye

Moustapha Gueye

IT manager  

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Dr. Jasmin Günther

Dr. Jasmin Günther

provenance resarch  

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Dirk Hanten

Dirk Hanten

technical manager  

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Dirk Hanten

Dirk Hanten

technical director  

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Susanne Harbach

Susanne Harbach

Object Conservation  

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Wiebke Hattendorf

Wiebke Hattendorf

Object Conservation  

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Christiane Höber

Christiane Höber

Conservation Wood  

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Marc von Itter

Marc von Itter

commercial director (board)  

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Stéphane Kabila

Stéphane Kabila

Henkel-Fellow  

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Susanne Kemmer

Susanne Kemmer

rentals and shop management  

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Sarah Khan-Heiser

Sarah Khan-Heiser

press, public relations & fundraising  

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Svenja Koch

Svenja Koch

head of visitor service  

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Dr. Jeanette Kokott

Dr. Jeanette Kokott

curator Oceania collections  

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Jens Krause

Jens Krause

Collection Handling / Storage  

 
 
 

Mario König

Mario König

facility manager  

 
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Lothar Kühlke

Lothar Kühlke

visitor service  

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Rilando June Lamadjido

Rilando June Lamadjido

curator of education  

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Elena Lapidus

Elena Lapidus

human resources  

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Britta Ledebur

Britta Ledebur

Collection Handling / Storage  

 
 
 

Joscha Machatzke

Joscha Machatzke

Collection Handling / Storage  

 
 
 

Maike Mewes

Maike Mewes

library  

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Jan Neidhardt

Jan Neidhardt

Coordinator Collections Handling / Storage  

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Kirsten Ohls

Kirsten Ohls

visitor service  

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Prof. Dr. Barbara Plankensteiner

Prof. Dr. Barbara Plankensteiner

director (board)  

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Elisabeth Quenstedt

Elisabeth Quenstedt

head of library  

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Jana Caroline Reimer

Jana Caroline Reimer

curartor Northern Africa, West and Central Asia/Ancient Egypt  

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mail
 

Susanne Richter

Susanne Richter

accountant  

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Ana Maria Viafara de los Rios

Ana Maria Viafara de los Rios

cleaning service  

 
 
 

Gabriel Schimmeroth

Gabriel Schimmeroth

Head of Public Programming and Project Curator  

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Paul Schimweg

Paul Schimweg

photographer  

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Prof. Dr. Bernd Schmelz

Prof. Dr. Bernd Schmelz

curator Europe und Siberian collections  

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Corine Siegmund

Corine Siegmund

Conservation Textiles  

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Anke Sievers

Anke Sievers

Collection Handling / Storage  

 
 
 

Anna Soetebeer

Anna Soetebeer

visitor service  

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Dora-Maria Sonderhoff

Dora-Maria Sonderhoff

secretariat  

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Jan Sorge

Jan Sorge

Building technology: electrician; heating, air conditioning, sanitary and building control technology  

 
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Simone Stojanowski

Simone Stojanowski

visitor service  

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Ines Sötebier

Ines Sötebier

cleaning service  

 
 
 

Dr. Carl Triesch

Dr. Carl Triesch

exhibition management  

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Anke Truszewich-Puthi

Anke Truszewich-Puthi

cleaning service  

 
 
 

Bodil Unckel

Bodil Unckel

Head of Conservation Department  

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Susanne Walther

Susanne Walther

document archives  

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Susanne Walther

Susanne Walther

loans and registry  

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mail
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Dr. Johanna Wild

Dr. Johanna Wild

personal assistant to the director  

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mail
 

Catharina Winzer

Catharina Winzer

head of photographic archive  

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Christine Ziesmer

Christine Ziesmer

marketing & public relations  

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Qamil Zyberaj

Qamil Zyberaj

facility management  

 
 
 

General information

General information

Rothenbaumchaussee 64, 20359 Hamburg  

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