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DOMiD | Documentation Centre and Museum of Migration in Germany

DOMiD collects and conserves material which documents migration history. We believe this perspective can provide a basis for developing a shared, transcultural identity.

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Virtual Migration Museum

Discover exciting objects that reveal more about the history of immigration in Germany. Understand the change of the immigration society by travelling through three time levels.

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#Meinwanderungsland Grafik

Every story counts

We collect stories of the migration society according to the motto "Each story counts". The immigration history is part of many things of our everyday life. How does migration affect our lives? Tell us your story!

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Central Migration Museum

DOMiD's central goal is the establishment of a central migration museum. The history of our migration society is to be told through multi-faceted perspectives.

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DOMiD supports "Die Vielen"

DOMiD is a co-signer of the NRW declaration of the association "Die Vielen". The aim is to work together for an equal and open society.

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News & Events

  • News, Collection

    Afro-German History: DOMiD Archive Acquires Estate of Theodor Wonja Michael

    Theodor Wonja Michael was one of the last Black German survivors of the Weimar Republic and National Socialism. In 2019 he passed away. Part of his estate will now enter the DOMiD collection.

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  • Photo: DOMiD-Archive, Cologne

    News, Digital offer

    Migration history in pictures

    In the series "Migration History in Pictures" we present objects from our collection. Starting from this, we tell the stories behind them and what they tell us about our the history of migration in Germany - in West and East.

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  • Photo: Onur Dülger/DOMiD-Archiv, Cologne

    News, Exhibition

    Exhibition at Museum Ludwig: In si­tu – Pho­to­s­to­ries on Mi­gra­tion

    27 Saturday 2021 – 11 Sunday 2021

    In cooperation with DOMiD, Museum Ludwig is showing an exhibition of photographs from the Rhineland in the post-war period. The focus is on migrant workers.

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Our collection

Foto: Dietrich Hackenberg/DOMiD-Archive, Cologne

Foto: 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.

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Migrationsgeschichte in Bildern

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.


Dr. Mark Terkessidis
Right from the beginning DOMiD has told the story of immigration in a new way - as the story of acting people, not as the story of problems. So who would be more suitable to design the Museum of Migration?
Dr. Mark Terkessidis, Migration researcher / freelance author / advisory board member DOMiD

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