SPK Institutions

Five institutions unite within the Foundation: the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, the Geheimes Staatsarchiv PK, the Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut, and the Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung.

The institutions include the museum, archive and library fields. They also include a variety of research institutes, the Gipsformerei (Replica Workshop), and the the bpk Bildagentur / Bildagentur der Kultureinrichtungen (Picture Agency bpk - Image Bank of Cultural Institutions). With their universal collections and diverse projects for scholarly exploration and research of their holdings, the Foundation’s institutions are unique archives of knowledge.

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Colonnade Courtyard in front of the Alte Nationalgalerie and the Neues Museum on the Museuminsel
© SPK / Pierre Adenis

The Staatliche Museen zu Berlin number among the largest universal museums in the world. Their fifteen collections document the evolution of human culture from its beginnings to the present. more

Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin

Two women and one man lean over a map
© SPK / Pierre Adenis

The Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin is the largest scholarly universal library in Germany. It collects and preserves manuscripts, printed works, and digital works from all areas of scholarship, languages, and countries. more

Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz

Trockenreinigung einer handgezeichneten Ahnentafel
© SPK / Pierre Adenis

The GStA PK is “Prussia’s memory.” It preserves and makes available documents on the evolution of Prussian territories from the Lower Rhine to East Prussia, from the Franconian Margravate to the Free State in the twentieth century. more

Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut

Ein Duo musiziert im Lesesaal des Ibero-Amerikanischen Instituts, im Hintergrund mexikanische Druckgrafiken
© SPK / Pierre Adenis

The Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut is an interdisciplinary center for information, research and culture. It encourages scholarly and cultural exchange with Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, and Portugal. more

Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung

Eine Person zieht eine Notenrolle für selbstspielende Klaviere aus einem Regal
© SPK / Pierre Adenis

The Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung is the largest nonuniversity research center for musicology in Germany. It is dedicated to historical and theoretical reflection on music and making it accessible to a wider public. more

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