Wunderkammer Olbricht

The selection and quality of the objects in the Wunderkammer Olbricht is unique in the world. Comprising over 300 objects from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, it is one of the most important private collections of its kind.

The practice of maintaining ‘cabinets of curiosities’ evolved during the late Renaissance and Baroque periods and represented an important early step in the creation of the institution of the modern museum. Such ‘cabinets’ were private exhibition spaces, where precious artworks (artificialia), rare phenomena of nature (naturalia), scientific instruments (scientifica), objects from strange worlds (exotica) and inexplicable items (mirabilia) were preserved. Today, these collections have much to tell us about the worldview and standard of knowledge of their time.

Our Wunderkammer brings this tradition to life anew in two galleries, while also providing insight into the past. Visitors today, much like their predecessors in the 16th to 19th centuries, are amazed by the exquisite curiosities – whether by the horn of the legendary unicorn, ultimately exposed as the tusk of a narwhal, an amber mirror flooded with light, the coconut cup once owned by Alexander von Humboldt, a preserved great blue turaco, or wooden cabinets that only reveal their mysteries to the curious eye.

A list of objects in the Wunderkammer Olbricht can be found here.

The Kunstkammer Georg Laue, Munich, is responsible for the conception, installation and management of the Wunderkammer Olbricht.

Impressions of the Wunderkammer Olbricht

Blick in die WUNDERKAMMER OLBRICHT © me Collectors Room Berlin, Photo Bernd Borchardt Bernstein-Spiegel im originalen Etui, Danzig um 1650 © Kunstkammer Georg Laue, München Blick in die WUNDERKAMMER OLBRICHT © Joachim Fliegner, 2009 Vanitas-Wendekopf, Flämisch, um 1520 © Kunstkammer Georg Laue, München Blick in die WUNDERKAMMER OLBRICHT © me Collectors Room Berlin, Photo Bernd Borchardt Elfenbein-Kabinettschrank, Umkreis Melchior Baumgartner, Augsburg um 1650 © Kunstkammer Georg Laue, München Anatomisches Lehrmodell einer schwangeren Frau, Stephan Zick, Nürnberg um 1680 © Kunstkammer Georg Laue, München

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Wed – Mon, 12pm-6pm
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Auguststrasse 68, 10117 Berlin

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Programme for children

Programme for children

With a scavenger hunt through the Wunderkammer Olbricht we want to take our young visitors through the whole exhibit.

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Audio guide for the Wunderkammer Olbricht

An audio guide will guide visitors through the Wunderkammer Olbricht. The hour-long tour offers you detailed insight into the general principles behind a ‘cabinet of marvels’, as well as into key, individual exhibits.

 

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