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The Braunschweig Municipal Museum was founded in 1861 by committed Braunschweig citizens with the aim of assimilating collections relating to the art and cultural history of the city. Today the museum owns about 270,000 objects from all areas, such as paintings, graphics, sculptures, handicrafts, technology, musical instruments, numismatics, textiles as well as European and non-European ethnography...

About the Municipal Museum Braunschweig



Ethnological Collection of the Georg-August-University Göttingen

The Ethnological Collection of the Georg-August-University Göttingen is one of the most important teaching and research collections in the German-speaking world. Its beginnings date back to the time of the Enlightenment. In 1773, the Royal Academic Museum was found at the University, whose holdings soon included the first ethnographic objects. On the initiative of Johann Friedrich Blumenbach (1752-1840), extensive collections from the South Seas and Northwest America (Cook/Forster Collection) as well as the Arctic polar region (Baron von Asch Collection) reached Göttingen as late as the 18th century. These two unique old holdings still establish the international reputation of the collection today....

About the Ethnological Collection of the Georg-August-University Göttingen

The Landesmuseum Hannover, the largest national state museum in Lower Saxony, houses the Department of Ethnology, Archaeology and Natural History as well as the State Gallery. It evolved from the Museum für Kunst und Wissenschaft (Museum of Art and Science), founded in 1856 by civic associations. It was later called Provinzialmuseum. The Department of Ethnology of the museum holds one of the oldest collections in Germany: It goes back to the Cabinet of Rarities of King Ernst August (1771 – 1851), doublet transfers from the Academic Museum in Göttingen and ethnographic objects that were once held by the Natural History Society of Lower Saxony. This early collection consists mainly of objects that were given as gifts to the royal house or to the associations, or pieces by famous explorers such as James Cook, Georg Forster or Hermann and Robert von Schlagintweit...About the State Museum Hannover

Two animal trading companies were established in Alfeld in mid-19th century: the firms of Ludwig Ruhe and Carl Reiche. With the opening of the Hannöversche Südbahn in 1953, Alfeld quickly developed from a relatively small provincial town into a regionally important industrial centre. From there, the companies Reiche and L. Ruhe built a globe-spanning trading network that initially shipped canaries from the Harz region to North America and, from the 1860s at the latest, frequently imported non-European wild animals to Europe...

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The State Museum Nature and Man Oldenburg was founded in 1836 by Grand Duke Paul Friedrich August von Oldenburg (1783-1853). The purchase of a collection of insects, birds, and mammals that had been constituted especially for the museum by the Delmenhorst District Physicist Dr. Otto Ernst Oppermann (1764-1851) even dates back to the year 1835. The origins of the overall collection can partly be traced back to the 1770s and includes objects from the fields of archaeology, natural history, ethnology, geology, and botany. A special feature of the multidisciplinary museum is the permanent exhibition, which was created by artists in a scenographic design. Visitors are thus presented with an impressive and multi-layered picture of the cultural and natural history of the region, which is characterised by its moors, mudflats, salt marshes, and the sea...

About the State Museum Nature and Man Oldenburg

In 1849 Lutheran pastor Ludwig Harms founded the “Hermannsburg Mission” seminary in the small town of Hermannsburg in Lower Saxony, and began training missionaries with the aim of sending them to the Gallas people (today’s Oromo people) in Abyssinia (in today’s Ethiopia).
Soon after, in 1853, the first missionaries, farmers and tradesmen left on the purpose-built mission ship ‘Candace’ to start their mission work in Ethiopia. However, access to the intended mission area in Ethiopia had been barred, so the first missions eventually were established in South Africa...About the Evangelical-Lutheran Mission of Lower-Saxony