Tours for Secondary School Groups

The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg offers secondary school pupils guided tours through the exhibitions. The bookable tours focus on cultural-history aspects and can a practical part can be added. Key aspects can be decided on individually. Registration via Museumsdienst Hamburg.

Ancient Times. Egypt of the Pharaohs and the cradle of democracy.

Everyday life in Egypt:  Natures determines the everyday life of the Egyptians. They find its image in the complex gods' world. Important mediators between humans and gods are the pharaohs.

The Ancient World - The Basis of today's society: The theater not only entertains the people, it also educates them politically. Wars are a consequence of the delineation to others, which requires the perception of one's identity. Vase illustrations document this development.

World religions. BUDDHISM, JUDaism, CHRISTianity, ISLAM

Objects of the four world religions offer insights into their development, their moral concepts and their symbolism. Comparisons can be drawn and differences carved out. And sometimes the meaning for everyday life can be recognized.

Modern Times. TRANSFER of goods aND knowledge between East anD WEST

The rediscovery of ancient writings and excavations in Italy lead to an enthusiasm for the ancient world: Architects and artists are inspired. The findings of the ancient nations also quicken science. Discoverer and adventurer are on their way to new shores and return with exotic treasures.

courtly societies. centres of power in the 16th till 18th century from EUROPe to ASIA

The royal courts still empower the artistic production in Europe and as well as in Asia. The competition also quickens trade, goods are produced solely for export. The invention of porcelain lets us comprehend this development.

Historical music instruments. Sounding history

Through music people cultivate their life style and distinguish themselves to others. The collection of historical music instruments offers a time travel through the music history. Free apps let the visitor dive into the sounds (only available in German).

Industrialisation. The emacipated citizen and the age of machines

Factories spring up like mushrooms, cities grow rapidly. Technical progress allows the assembly of mass products. The nations measure themselves at the World Exhibitions. But these innovations not only hit upon positive reactions.


In reaction to the negative consequences of the industrialization reformation movements emerge in many countries: anti-alcoholic leagues demand a healthier lifestyle, women more freedom and the right to vote, doctors more fresh air and hygiene, sociologists and teachers an education appropriate for children, artist a revaluation of their work and craft.

Modernity. Between Expressionism and social realism

Searching for new life concept after the great seminal catastrophe of Word War I, artists turn towards foreign cultures - on the quest for nativeness. Dance, as an expression of the liberation of body and soul from social constrains, plays a major role in this development. Many designers bid farewell to the pure ornament and propagate functionalism.

Design after 1945. Present Day Questions

Between function and art: The guided tour shows milestones of design history. A visible storage documents the design of everyday objects in the last 60 years. The legendary SPIEGEL-canteen lets visitors experience the attitude to life in the late 1968s.

Between function, art and practice: After the guided tour through the visible storage, product groups will be analyzed hands-on in the design laboratory.

Design after 45: Pure Practice: In the museum's very own design laboratory visitors test diverse products thoroughly and categorize them after criteria such as functionality, ergonomics, aesthetics, choice of material and  manufacturing processes.

period rooms: from the farmhouse parlour to the SPIEGEL-Canteen

Thirteen interieurs in the MKG Hamburg tell us about the different living environments throughout the ages: the farmhouse parlour of the Wilstermarsch attests the richness through trade with the Netherlands, the Frankfurt Kitchen tells about the ambitions for reformation in the late 1920s and the SPIEGEL-canteen is evidence of the rebellion of the 1968-generation.


Ill.: MKG-program „Modern Age. Transfer of Goods and Knowledge“, Photo: Lisa Notzke © MKG, 2014