© me Collectors Room Berlin, Foto: Bernd Borchard; Humboldt-Pokal © Kunstkammer Georg Laue
scavenger hunt

A voyage of discovery with Alexander von Humboldt

A scavenger hunt through Berlin


18:00 Uhr
Admission: regular 8 €, reduced & group 4 €


A scientist, anthropologist and historian, Alexander von Humboldt (14 Sep 1769 – 6 May 1859) made a great impression on the world even during his lifetime. He was born in Berlin, travelled widely and, in 1827, settled permanently in his home city. While he continued to embark on explorations of the new and unknown, he was nevertheless firmly rooted in the capital city; after all, “Alexander von Humboldt belongs in Berlin (…). But he also belongs to the world.”[1]

At the occasion of the Humboldt Year, me Collectors Room Berlin has developed a scavenger hunt through the city, which guides participants to important places in Humboldt’s life. Participants will have the opportunity to explore – on foot or by bicycle – original locations that were central in the life and work of Alexander von Humboldt. In the process, they will learn details from stories told about him and trace his everyday paths. The scavenger hunt is free of charge and you can download it on the webpage of me Collectors Room Berlin ( or may also pick it up at the counter at me Collectors Room Berlin.

The final destination in the hunt is the Wunderkammer Olbricht. This is where you will find not only stamps, which show Alexander von Humboldt or animals and plants he discovered, but also the Humboldt Cup, which was commissioned in the mid-seventeenth century by Johann Moritz of Nassau, Governor-General of Dutch Brazil; it came into the possession of Alexander von Humboldt in 1795.

[1] Fischer, Ernst Peter, Noch wichtiger als Wissen ist Phantasie. Die 50 besten Erkenntnisse der Wissenschaft von Gallilei bis Einstein, 3rd edition, Munich, 2016, p. 185.

regular 8 €
reduced & group 4 €
combined dayticket with KW
Institute for Contemporary Art 10 €/8 €

Guided tours
(plus groupticket 4 €/person)

Closing days
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How to get there
U Weinmeisterstraße (U8)
U Oranienburger Tor (U6)
S Oranienburger Straße (S1, S2, M1, M5)
S Hackescher Markt (S3, S5, S7, S75)