Collections online

Collections online offers you open virtual access to the holdings of the Linden Museum Stuttgart. Here you will find detailed information, interesting stories and background information on objects and cultures from all over the world and makes methods and results of provenance research visible. The realisation was made possible by the Ministry of Science, Research and Art of Baden-Württemberg within the framework of the "Digital Paths to the Museum" funding programme.

Collections online

Taking Care

Ethnographic and World Cultures Museums as Spaces of Care: The EU cooperation project of 13 European partners started in October 2019.

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Like many ethnological museums, the Linden-­Museum is undergoing a process of transformation. In an increasingly diverse ­society, we must renegotiate the role and relevance of ethnological museums. The support provided through the Initiative for Ethnological Collections by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes enables us to experimentally develop the basis for a new orientation. Following the principle of the laboratory, we develop and test new forms of museum knowledge production, mediation, and presentation in eight LindenLABs.



Namibia Initiative

With the project "With Namibia - Engaging the Past, Sharing the Future" we are a partner of the Namibia Initiative of the state of Baden-Württemberg.

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Discomforting Heritage

The Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen and the Linden-Museum Stuttgart investigated the museological and scientific handling of colonial-era objects in ethnological museums in a two-year research project entitled "Difficult Heritage" from April 2016 to March 2018.

Final report: Provenance Research in the Project "Discomforting Heritage: Dealing with Colonial Objects in Ethnological Museums"


For "SWICH - Sharing a World of Inclusion, Creativity and Heritage" (2014 - 2018), ten European partner museums reflected current issues concerning the role of ethnographic museums within an increasingly differentiated European society. The focus of this EU-cooperation project, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme, lay on central concerns of visionary ethnographic museum practice within the context of a post-migrant society.

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Ritual Spirituality in the Philippine Cordilleras

The virtual exhibition of the Linden-Museum’s Philippine Cordilleran collections is the result of a three month residency of Prof. Dr. Leah Enkiwe Abayao at the Linden-Museum within the EU project SWICH (see above). Herself a member of the Ifugao people and having grown up in a traditional Cordilleran village, she currently serves as a director of the Cordillera Studies Center at the University of the Philippines at Baguio.

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Researching Cabinets of Wonder

From 2012 - 2015, the German Research Foundation has promoted the project „The Cabinets of Wonders of the Dukes of Württemberg: Investigating their Inventory, History and Context“. A large portion of the original collection can be found in the Württemberg State Museum. Additional objects are spread over eight other museums, amongst which are the ethnological objects located in the Linden-Museum Stuttgart.

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Perspectives on the Inca

The Tribus special edition contains the lectures of the International Symposium from March 3rd to March 5th, 2014, in cooperation with University of Bonn, Department of Anthropology of the Americas, sponsored by Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung.

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