Visitor, User, and Inventory Figures for 2018

The museums of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation had 3,793,000 visits in 2018. The Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin registered 887,000 visits to the library and 29,000 registered users.

The institutions of the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, SPK) regularly collect figures on attendance and users. The figures for the years up to 2016 are available in the documentation for the annual press conference. Since 2016, they have been published in the Foundation’s annual report.

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and Musikinstrumenten-Museum

The museums of the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (National Museums in Berlin) and Musikinstrumenten-Museum (Museum of Musical Instruments)) had around 3,793,000 visits in 2018 (2017: 3,525,000 visits, 2016: 3,647,000 visits). Compared to 2017, the number rose slightly by 268,000 visits (7%). Of the entire number, 2,487,000 visits in 2018 (2017: 2,323,000; 2016: 2,299,000) were to Museum Island.

The Institut für Museumsforschung (Institute for Museum Research) of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin researches the attendance numbers and visitor composition of museums and exhibition spaces all over Germany. The results are available regularly at the end of the following year in Statistische Gesamterhebung an den Museen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. They have been published by the institute in cooperation with Deutscher Museumsbund, the German lobby for museums, since 1981.

Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin

Visits to all three locations of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Berlin State Library) rose to 887,000 in 2018 (2017: around 852,000). The number of borrowers – registered visitors and institutions – was around 33,600, just as in the previous year. Once again, the library loaned more than one million physical units.

The inventory of books, bound newspapers, and periodicals rose to 11,800,000. The library’s collection also includes around 1,900,000 other printed materials (maps, musical scores, etc.), 10,500,000 other materials (postcards, microfiche, etc.), around 452,000 manuscripts and autographs, and just under 16,000 regularly subscribed periodicals. It also contains around 30,000 electronic periodicals and 673,000 digital units.

Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut

In 2018, the library of the Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut (Ibero-American Institute) had 3,393 registered users. The institute hosted 62 guest researchers, some of whom were in the IAI scholarship and fellowship program. Institute events registered around 5,700 attendees.

The inventory of printed materiel grew in 2018 to 1,038,623 books. The extensive special collections consist of around 300 legacies, 40,000 recorded media, a film collection of more then 6,000 videos and DVDs, around 75,000 maps, over 100,000 photographs, slides and postcards, 5,000 placards and posters, 1,200 graphic items, 350,000 newspaper clippings and 19 archives of institutions like working committees, research facilities, schools, foundations, clubs, and publishers.

Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz

The Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Privy State Archives) database was accessed more than 290,000 times in 2018 (increase of 25% over the previous year). A total of 50,780 items were made accessible for user purposes (previous year: 47,402) and around 5,000 requests were answered in writing. Around 1,400 users came to the archives in person and up to 7,000 user days were registered.

Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung

The Musikinstrumenten-Museum of the Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung (State Institute for Music Research) had around 54,000 visits in 2018 (2017: around 59,000; 2016: around 55,000). This number is included in the total attendance number for SPK museums. The Bibliographie des Musikschrifttums (Bibliography of Music Literature, BMS online) was accessed 573,000 times (2017: 531,000; 2016: 526,000). It currently contains 397,000 data records (2017: 384,000).

The collections of the Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung comprise 3,500 musical instruments, 38,354 books and sheet music items, 1,624 periodicals, 820 music manuscripts, 55 legacies and collections, and 12,538 sound recordings.