Wilhelm and Alexander von Humboldt

Wilhelm and Alexander von Humboldt


21 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.

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Online ticket

You can buy online tickets for visiting the exhibition "Wilhelm and Alexander von Humboldt" also in connection with a public guided tour in English, Spanish or German.

The online ticket is offered with the support of visitBerlin.

Please note that we only provide a limited number of tickets online and that additional tickets are available at the ticket counter. Group and family tickets cannot yet be booked via the online system. Please purchase these tickets on site at our ticket counter. 

For further bookable offers please contact the Visitor Service of the Deutsches Historisches Museum.

Long Thursday

In addition to the regular opening hours daily from 10 am to 6 pm, on Thursdays the exhibition is open until 8 pm.

View into the exhibition

Audio guide

in English and German         
€ 3 plus admission


The publication is available at the ticket offices and in the museum shop as well as via verkauf@dhm.de and via phone under +49 30 20304-731.

Postage: € 6 (Germany), € 9 (international)

Catalogue "Wilhelm und Alexander von Humboldt" (in German)
Edited by David Blankenstein, Raphael Gross, Bénédicte Savoy and Arnulf Scriba
296 pages, 200 illustrations
€ 28
ISBN 978-3-86102-217-6

Opening hours

daily 10 am to 6 pm

On Thursdays "Wilhelm and Alexander von Humboldt" exclusively 10 am to 8 pm


Free up to 18 years
€ 8, reduced € 4
More information


Online ticket

Tour booking

Tel.  +49 30 20304-750/-751

Museum shop



In the museum

Buchhandlung Walther König
Tel. +49 30 206 24 5 24


All entrances are wheelchair accessible

Public transport

Hackescher Markt, Friedrichstraße

Französische Straße, Friedrichstraße, Hausvogteiplatz

100, 245, 300 Staatsoper or Lustgarten

Underground car park below Bebelplatz
City Quartier Dom Aquarée


Deutsches Historisches Museum

Unter den Linden 2
10117 Berlin

Tel. +49 30 20304-0