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Our Museum’s Organizational Structure and Administration

The Jewish Museum's Old Building in the evening sun, with three flags

The Jewish Museum Berlin is legally incorporated as a foundation regulated by public law. Consequently, its full official name is the Jewish Museum Berlin Foundation (in German: Stiftung Jüdisches Museum Berlin). The foundation’s mission is to study and present Jewish life in Berlin and Germany and to create a meeting place for the wider community.

As a foundation that is directly under federal government control, the museum is an independent legal entity subject to public law and part of the German federal government’s “indirect public administration”. As a result, unlike a private foundation, it is subject to the same rules as other publicly funded bodies. For example, public procurement law applies to all purchases made by the museum.


The Jewish Museum Berlin Foundation receives an annual grant from the funds of the Federal Government Commissioner for Cultural Affairs and the Media; this covers around three-quarters of its total budget. The remaining funds are raised primarily through donations and ticket sales. We value collaboration with other museums, foundations, research institutions, schools, and nonprofits.

Organizational Chart for the Jewish Museum Berlin

Last updated: July 2022

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