Our collections

  • Picture postcards

  • Apostle from the Altar of the Three Kings from St. John’s Church (St. Johanniskirche), about 1440

  • Objects from the ethnographic collection

The Rostock Cultural History museum houses an extensive collection of art and cultural history and is one of the most important places documenting the history of the culture of the middle classes in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

Art Collection

Canaletto (?), View of the Canale Grande in Venice, C.

The Rostock Museum of Cultural History’s collection of art has its roots in the collection of the “Rostock Art Society“. Today it comprises about 1600 paintings including the significant collection of Dutch and Flemish paintings from the 17th to the 20th century, views of Rostock by local artists, the collection of the artists’ colonies in Schwaan and Ahrenshoop and also numerous portraits from sources in Rostock and Mecklenburg. The collection of prints and drawings has about 12,000 folios from the 16th to the 20th century.  There are also many sculptures dating from the Middle Ages up to the 20th century, including the famous altar from St. John’s Church (Johanniskirche) in Rostock from the 15th century, sculptures by Barlach, Marcks, Belling or Lehmbruck. Our collection is one of the largest in Mecklenburg-Western-Pomerania along with those of the  Staatliches Museum Schwerin, the Vorpommersches Landesmuseum and the Neubrandenburg Kunstsammlung.

Cultural History Collections

Collection of applied arts

The cultural history collections served from the start to document the history of the city and depict the development of the city’s economy and the life of the citizens of Rostock. The collections contain numerous unique documents of urban life and economics during the last six centuries.

These include the silver and pewter collection of more than just regional significance with its objects from the Rostock craft guilds and Rostock’s craftsmen, collections of ceramics, clocks, instruments and objects of everyday life from the 17th to the 20th century. These collections comprise about 35,000 objects. The numismatic collection has about 25,000 objects and is one of the most important in Northern Germany. The collection of furniture houses around 600 and the collection of militaria 900 objects. These include Rostock’s cannons and the remaining armaments of the Rostock  arsenal, an outstanding collection of city defences in the past six centuries. The pre-historic and proto-historic collection is archaeology-oriented and has about 25,000 exhibits.

What's in the collections

A complete list of  Rostock Cultural History Museums’ collections is available as a pdf file.

Bernhard A. Böhmer Collection

Holdings of art confiscated by the Nazis today in the Rostock Cultural History Museum:  
Paintings, Watercolours, Prints, Sculptures, Drawings, unknown provenance