The collection is the starting point of our work.
One of our tasks is to collect, preserve, research, document, mediate, exhibit and expand the view of the world. We are responsible for around 160,000 objects. A focus is on historical and contemporary everyday and ceremonial objects as well as works of art from Africa, North and Latin America, Asia, Australia, Oceania and – to a small extent – Europe. In addition, the collection consists of photographic media and archival materials. We are expanding and changing the collection.

The Linden Museum Stuttgart is a state ethnological museum, supported and financed by the state of Baden-Württemberg and the city of Stuttgart.

People are the focus for us. We deal with questions about society, identity, cultural change, beliefs or even globalization. We stand up for tolerance and respect and enable visitors to face different life realities in the world with openness beyond a European-influenced view.

The Linden Museum is on the move: We are in a transparent reorientation process and want to create space for transcultural exchange. In doing so, we are testing new forms of presentation and active participation of representatives from the societies of origin as well as people from Stuttgart. We are committed to polyphony. In addition, we offer a place where visitors can feel welcome and have impressive experiences.

It is our concern in our program to raise awareness of the dynamics of cultural processes, responsible cooperation and respectful handling of cultural heritage. In addition, we would like to draw attention to current global interdependencies and challenges.

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