Number of museums:

Art and Design:   580



Natural History:   287



Total number of museums:   5629

Professionally run museums:



Ownership of Museums:

State:   484

Municipalities, communities:   2419

Private (foundations, associations, etc.):   2051

Others:   675


Museum organisations:

German Museums Association
(Deutscher Museumsbund)
Berlin Office
In der Halde 1
14195 Berlin
T: +49 30 841095-17
F: +49 30 841095-19


Institute for Museum Research

(Institut für Museumsforschung)

In der Halde 1
14195 Berlin
T: +49 30 8301-460
F: +49 30 8301-504


All regional Museum organisations addresses can be found on the German Museums Association website:



Museum magazine:

each issue is on a specific topic, published twice a year

newsletter, featuring news from the German Museums Association's working committees, reports on meetings and conferences, job advertisements;

published quarterly

Both are published by the German Museums Association.



Legislation and structure:

There is no legislation specifically for museums and galleries in Germany, particularly as museums are run by many types of governmental and non-governmental organisations. The governments of the Federal States (Bundesländer) in Germany run some of the largest museums and most local authorities run museums within their areas. Additionally there is an increasing number of museums being run as foundations, associations etc.