Provenance Research

In 2019, the Stiftung Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin began developing a strategy for researching the provenance of the objects in its collection.

In 2019, the Stiftung Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin began developing a strategy for researching the provenance of the objects in its collection.

The Deutsches Technikmuseum collects all manner of items relating to the cultural history of technology. This includes not only large vehicles like locomotives, airplanes, and ships, but also many everyday devices such as radios, typewriters, bicycles, and cameras.

But how did these objects end up in the Museum? And more importantly, who did they belong to before they got here?

In 2017, the Museum began scouring its collection for objects that had been confiscated by the Nazi regime, mostly from Jewish owners. The collection of historic automobiles was the first to have its provenance investigated.

In May of 2019, the Museum began developing a strategy for systematically reviewing its collections. This pilot project is being funded by the German Lost Art Foundation in Magdeburg.