With its museums, libraries, archives, and research institutes, the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation) is one of the important cultural institutions in the world. Its outstanding collections include all areas of cultural tradition: from archaeological and ethnological objects by way of the visual arts to literature and music. They are the basis of intense scholarly and educational work. The combination of art and culture with science and research is an unmistakable influence on the Foundation’s profile.
The Foundation has five institutions. It was established in 1957 by federal law as a foundation directly responsible to the German government. It is financed by the German federal government – from the budget of the commissioner for culture and the media – and Germany’s sixteen states.