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“excellent collection”

Museum of Ethnology (Ethnologisches Museum)
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Mainz, Germany
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64 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“excellent collection”
Reviewed 30 October 2012

I agree with earlier reviews that this museum's collection must be one of the best. I wouldn't want to miss the South Pacific exhibition with its unique traditional sailing boats and musical instruments. I also found the African and native American collections very interesting. The museum doesn't just exhibit artifacts, it often also provides background information and context, videos, or asks people from Benin (Nigeria) what they think about the museum's exhibition of their culture. I've been there twice and will certainly go there again and again.

Visited January 2012
3 Thank Daniel B
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Berlin's Hidden Treasure”
Reviewed 28 August 2012

Do not miss this museum if you have any interest in world cultures, it deserves infinitely greater fame. Located a little out of the centre of Berlin (and easily combined as a day-trip with the nearby Botanical Gardens), in Dahlem, this outstanding museum, displaying the art and artefacts of cultures from every continent, is well organised, beautifully displayed, never crowded, a joy to visit and absolutely worth the minimal effort required to get there. Quite simply, it's one of the greatest ethnographic collections in the world. There is something for everyone here, kids too. Probably too much to view in one day (perhaps a break in the cafe may help?) There are temporary special interest exhibitions too. For those who speak little German, many exhibits are also extensively labelled in English. Staff are helpful and pleasant and there's an excellent bookshop. An enjoyable, stimulating and inspiring contrast to the very overcrowded central museums of the Museumsinsel. The building also houses the Museum of European Cultures and the Museum of Asian Art.

Visited August 2012
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San Francisco
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65 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Don't miss this museum: it's simply one of the Best in the World”
Reviewed 8 August 2011

The Dahlem Museum in Berlin contains some of the greatest collections of American Indian, Oceanic, African, Southeast Asian art in the world. It is a treasure trove of outstanding exhibits. It is not in the center of Berlin and sometimes gets overlooked, which is unfortunate, because it is one of the World's great ethnological museums that boosts outstanding exhibtions, displays, and stunningly beautiful works of art from around the world.

Visited September 2010
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“Marvelous Collections”
Reviewed 29 November 2010

You can barely take in all of the collections in one trip - lots of Pre-colombian and beside that native north american. African, predictably strong on ex-German colonies like Cameroon, and also projecting great old film footage of native rituals. The Oceanic is perhaps the strongest part of the collection with great New Ireland ancestor figures, Papua, Maori, Vanuatu and all sorts as well as a fine collection of boats like outrigger canoes with woven mat sails, carved prows, paddles etc. If you like tribal art or have ethnographic interests, or have kids who will be fascinated by this sort of stuff, get yourself down to Dahlem, It's very straightforward to get here and I guarantee you won't regret it.

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Versailles, France
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“One of the best of its kind”
Reviewed 10 November 2010

Located in Dahlem away from the busy city centre yet readily accessible via public transport, this museum is a gem that should be visited more than once to take in all the superb exhibits, especially Native American. One could argue that these exhibits should not be kept in Europe, yet I am glad they are because of their sheer beauty. The café downstairs is a good place to stop for a while, whether for lunch or just for a cup of coffee.

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