Mission Statement

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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Maren Willenbrock

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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Jasmin Brüshafer

secretariat  

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Press, Marketing & Sponsoring

Julia Daumann

press, public relations & fundraising  

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Christine Ziesmer

marketing & public relations  

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Exhibition Management

Dr. Carl Triesch

exhibition management  

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Event and Education

Rilando June Lamadjido

curator of education  

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Sonja Sobotta

events  

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Skadi Sarnoch

curatorial project coordinator  

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Service and Administration

Melanie Bauer

head of administration  

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Susanne Walther

loans and registry  

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Elena Lapidus

human resources  

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Susanne Richter

accountant  

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Nils Fiebig

Controlling / Fundraising  

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Svenja Koch

head of visitor service  

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Rebecca Agong, Regina Basman, Olena Divinsky, Lothar Kühlke, Valentina Lindemann, Anna Soetebeer, Simone Stojanowski

visitor service  

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Susanne Kemmer

rentals and shop management  

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Marek Laas, Susanne Saß, Qamil Zyberaj

facility management  

 
 
 

Pascal Klein

Electrician  

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Andrej Goloborodko

carpenter  

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

cleaning service  

 
 
 

Michael Beuttenmüller

carpenter  

 
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Moustapha Gueye

IT manager  

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Restoration and Collection Technology

Farideh Fekrsanati

chief conservator  

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Wiebke Hattendorf

restoration / conservation  

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Christiane Höber

restauration / conservation  

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Marika Kesler

textile conservator  

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Jan Neidhardt

head of objekt handling  

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Gerd Bandelin, Kristina Henningsen, Jens Krause, Joscha Maschatzke, Anke Sievers, Thomas Wesselmann

objekt handling  

 
 
 

Jasmin Agyemang

Project management  

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Science and Collection

Dr. Susanne Knödel

head curatorial team / curator East and South Asia collections  

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Christine Chávez

curator Americas collections  

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Jamie Dau

provenance resarch  

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Lara Selin Ertener

project curator Europe  

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Suy Lan Hopmann

curator for special projects and diversity  

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Dr. Antje Kelm

senior curator  

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Dr. Malika Kraamer

curator africa collections  

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Dr. Jeanette Kokott

curator Oceania collections  

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Dr. Diana Lange

project coordinator  

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Skadi Sarnoch

curatorial project coordinator  

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Jana Caroline Reimer

curartor Northern Africa, West and Central Asia/Ancient Egypt  

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Amanda Maples

Research and database coordinator for the creation of the Digital Benin online platform.  

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Prof. Dr. Bernd Schmelz

curator Europe und Siberian collections  

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Gwenlyn Tiedemann

data architect digital Benin  

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Martha Kazungu

curatorial assistant; Funded by the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S.  

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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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Heidelies Wittig

document archives  

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