History for the present

Masks, spears, chests or a rickshaw: our Ethnological Museum in Wuppertal contains cult objects, clothing, weapons and everyday objects collected by missionaries of the Rhenish Mission Society and the Bethel Mission in the mission areas of Asia and Africa, beginning in 1829.


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Wolfgang Apelt
Rudolfstrasse 137 42285 Wuppertal Germany
Tel.: +49 (0)202 89004 155
Fax: +49 (0)202 89004 179

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Museum auf der Hardt

Missionsstraße 9
42285 Wuppertal


Opening hours
Tuesday to Thursday 9 am to 3 pm on request
First Saturday of the month: 2pm to 5pm
Groups on request


€ 3 (€ 2 reduced)
Guided Tour: € 40 plus reduced admission
Guided Tour in English language: € 50 Euro plus reduced admission
Pedagogical programme: € 60


The Ethnological Museum

The items that have been collected from southern and eastern Africa, China, and from what today are Indonesia and Papua New Guinea show cultural practices that vanished long ago. They also testify to the actions of the people who brought these objects to Germany during the past nearly 180 years. The work of these people and the mission is also the topic of revolving special exhibitions – and these exhibitions do not gloss over the fact that this work was often also problematic.

New places at the museum

Following a complete renovation of the museum in 2008, the permanent exhibition took on its current, clearly structured form. There is now sufficient space for the uniqueness of the artefacts to work its full effect on visitors.

Our younger guests can rummage through a "museum suitcase" and enjoy new experiences in sound with various instruments from Africa and Asia.

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