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Wilhelm and Alexander von Humboldt

22 November 2019 to 19 April 2020

Nowadays, Wilhelm and Alexander von Humboldt are celebrated as German cosmopolitans. They embody the accomplishments of public education, a new perspective on nature, and an unbiased look at the cultures outside of Europe. Their biographies, however, are marked by the contradictions of their time: the image of the equality of all people as conceived by the Enlightenment contrasted with the existence of colonialism and slavery. The new discovery of nature goes hand in hand with its mastery and destruction. International exchange and cooperation are unable to prevent nationalist exclusion.

The Deutsches Historisches Museums shows the first major exhibition about Wilhelm and Alexander von Humboldt in Germany. It locates the brothers as Europeans in the context of their time. It looks at social and political areas for negotiation and organisation, examines the relation between knowledge and power, and sheds a light on how historical consciousness, politics, science and economics change the perspective on humans and their environment. In doing so, questions arise about the actuality and evaluation of their lives and undertakings in our present time.

The exhibition is curated by David Blankenstein and Bénédicte Savoy.

Information and booking

Visitor Service
Tel. +49 30 20304-750/-751
Fax +49 30 20304-759
fuehrung@dhm.de

Opening hours

daily 10 am to 6 pm

Admission

Free up to 18 years
€ 8, reduced € 4

More information

Tour booking

Permanent exhibition
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Special exhibitions
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Museum shop

Onlineshop

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In the museum

Buchhandlung Walther König
Tel. +49 30 206 24 5 24
berlindhm@buchhandlung-walther-koenig.de

Accessibility

All entrances are wheelchair accessible

Public transport

S-BAHN      
Hackescher Markt, Friedrichstraße

U-BAHN  
Französische Straße, Friedrichstraße, Hausvogteiplatz

BUS  
100, 200, TXL Staatsoper or Lustgarten

PARKING
Underground car park below Bebelplatz
City Quartier Dom Aquarée

Address

Deutsches Historisches Museum

Unter den Linden 2
10117 Berlin

Tel. +49 30 20304-0

info@dhm.de