Number of museums: 6712 (as of 2016)
Art and Design: 750   
History and Archaelogy: 500
Science/Natural History/Technical: 1100
Regional: 3000
Castles: 250

Professionally run museums represent 60%
Voluntarily run museums represent 40%

Ownership of Museums:
State: 484
Municipalities, communities: 2419
Private (foundations, associations, etc.): 2051
Others: 675

German Museums Association

Members: 3300 (year: 2017)
Of which 950 are museums or similar institutions, and 2350 are individuals. 
Funding: the association is funded 31% by the State/municipality, 53% by membership fees and sunscriptions, and 16% by third-party funds. 

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.

Other Museum Organisations at a National Level

German Museums Association
(Deutscher Museumsbund)


Institute for Museum Research
(Institut für Museumsforschung)


ICOM Germany
(Deutsches Nationalkomitee des Internationalen Museumsrates ICOM)


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

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.


In the Federal Republic of Germany in 2016 the communal ownership was the most prevailing one (2585), followed by associations/societies (1943) private ownerships (486) other public organisations  (441), state museums (431), cooperatives (325) public private partnerships (260) foundations civic right (241).