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Who we are. Reflecting an immigration country

An exhibition created in cooperation with DOMiD will be on view at the Bundeskunsthalle until October 8, 2023. Artistic perspectives meet the contemporary historical testimonies of DOMiD.

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Migration Museum

The Migration Museum with nationwide appeal is being built in the heart of Europe. Out of society, for society.

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The project DOMiDLabs: Making Museum Design Participatory is bringing together various people in four laboratories. The goal of these labs is to develop design concepts that are tested for #unserMuseum.

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Virtual Migration Museum

Experience the transformation of the immigration society with the help of a digital journey through three time levels. Our "Virtual Migration Museum" app provides exciting insights into Germany's migration history.

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Photo: Hall 70

A Nationwide Lighthouse Project

Europe's largest migration museum is being built in a former industrial hall in Cologne. It will be part of a community-oriented area that activates the potential of a diverse urban society.

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The Migration Museum offers spaces for learning, experiencing and engaging

As a cultural and educational center, #unserMuseum will be an open, vivid and participatory place of dialogue and change of perspective.

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News & Events

  • Pierburg strike in Neuss, 1973. photo: DOMiD-Archive, Cologne

    History, Event, Movies, panel-discussion, Digital offer, Audio/Podcast

    Special site: "Wild cat" strikes 1973

    50 years ago, more than 300 so-called wildcat strikes took place in the Federal Republic of Germany. The strikes of 1973 represented a caesura in German migration history. We let voices from then and now speak and provide historical material.

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  • Audio/Podcast, History, Digital offer, News

    Radio play: When the dam breaks. 50 years of strike at Ford in Cologne

    DOMiD presents: On the occasion of the 50th anniversary, the author Mesut Bayraktar processed the Ford strike in his radio play "When the dam breaks" and set it to sound. Michael Weber from Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg participated as narrator.

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  • Grafik: facts and fiction

    panel-discussion, Event, Exhibition

    Panel: "Who we are" - Migration in the field of tension of German museums

    15 September 2023

    In the context of the exhibition "Who we are", we invite you to a panel with experts from the museum landscape and culture on Friday, 15.09.2023, and discuss the question of how migration can be transferred to the museum.

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Ongoing exhibition: "Who We Are. Reflecting a Country of Immigration"

Currently, the exhibition "Who we are. Questions for an Immigration Country" in Bonn. The exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle was created in cooperation with DOMiD. We look at how Germany has become the immigration country it is and ask critical questions. In the process, artistic works enter into a dialogue with around 300 contemporary historical objects from the DOMiD collection. More Info

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DOMiD – The memory of the migration society

At the end of last year, the freelance author Manuel Gogos published his new book "Das Gedächtnis der Migrationsgesellschaft" (The Memory of the Migration Society), in which he describes the history of our association. With reference to our archives, Gogos skilfully traces some milestones and also gives voice to different people who have accompanied DOMiD in the last 30 years since its foundation.

The book is available for download as a free e-book, as well as for purchase as a hardcover.

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Our collection

Photo: Dietrich Hackenberg/DOMiD-Archive, Cologne

Photo: Dietrich Hackenberg/DOMiD-Archive, Cologne

DOMiD collects and conserves material which documents migration history. Furthermore, we believe it is our duty to research and present the history of migration in Germany to a wide audience. In addition to our museological and archival work, we organize events, conferences and talks. Our goal is to convey that migration is a norm in human history. We believe this perspective can provide a basis for developing a shared, transcultural identity.

Found some treasures in your attic or basement?

If you are in possesion of material that you think may be relevant to migration history, we would love to hear from you! Become a donor.

More about our collection

Photo: Sabine Richmann
The migrant knowledge has not been taken into account for decades, although it has always been and remains an expertise on racism. Now this knowledge has a museum.
İbrahim Arslan, activist and survivor of the racist arson attack of Mölln 1992

Migration history in pictures

Migration has left a lasting mark on our society. In the motif series "Migration History in Pictures" we have selected objects from the DOMiD collection that stand for certain phenomena of migration history since 1945. In short, richly illustrated online stories, we tell how migrants have influenced the history of Germany.


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