Alwaleed Philanthropies “Global” provided the necessary support to renovate the Museum of Islamic Art at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin
2017 – 2028
In pursuit of enhancing cultural communication through art and culture, we have continued to work and provided the necessary support to complete the project to renovate the Museum of Islamic Art at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin. Thus, we are looking forward to a qualitative and developmental step regarding the methods of presentation methods and presentation content in the Museum of Islamic Art.
The project seeks to support the refurbishment and expansion of the Museum of Islamic Art inside the Pergamon Museum Berlin as well as the development of public awareness and education programs through school education programs and the training of refugees as tour guides at the museum. The museum is the only of its kind in Germany, the oldest and with about 100,000 artifacts the largest in Europe. The Museum is located on Museum Island (UNESCO World Heritage Site) where it attracts about one million visitors a year.
With its education projects in schools and social organizations, the Islamic Art Museum takes a leading role in cultural education on the Art and Culture of Islamic societies and mutual understanding. Young people and adults will understand the legacy of the Islamic World as part of their cultural identity.
- Upgrading the current permanent exhibition of the Museum of Islamic art until is closure in 2022 and upgrading the future permanent exhibition of the Museum of Islamic Art opening in 2026.
- Creating a world-class exhibition that leaves a long-lasting impression on its visitors.
- Developing a visitor-friendly environment. We particularly seek to develop a family-friendly exhibition, which enables different generations to discover the galleries together.
- Establishing a community hall as an interactive gallery: a space to react to questions of the visitors.
- Presenting a high-class collection in the best way possible in order to do justice to the artistic merits of Muslim societies.
- Expanding the geographical and historical limits of the present collection.
- Enriching visitors' experience through media.
- Public engagement with Islamic art and culture through public education in schools and other social forums by recruiting refugees as guides.
- Supporting cultural participation and supporting the empowerment of Arab newcomers.
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1- New Museum 2026: Finalized the design plans and object lists of all our 24 rooms:
- 3000 sqm of exhibition space
- 1100 objects
- 62 media applications
- Graphics, special labels, and unique inclusive and inter-generative family offers are located and set in an overall design of showcases and walls with special color schemes, materials, and lighting.
2- Generating added value 2026: After visiting the center, German Ministries (Interior, Finance, and culture) decided to invest € 17m to scale up the innovative plans.
3- Islamic-art.com (Art for All Platform): A completely new online presentation of the museum’s various projects and activities was developed in English, Arabic, and German with:
- a storytelling tool
- e-learning, teachers' kit
- Music and Architecture
4- Multaka is back on track after Covid:
- Offered 154 tours.
- Reached out to more than 600 participants.
- 31 workshops done with 500 beneficiaries.
- The Museum Facebook total reach in 2021 was 1.6m.
Berlin Multakah Success Story
These new cultural ambassadors aim to demonstrate the positive outcomes of immigration and empower younger generations who might still be grappling with their diverse and multicultural identities.
In fact, we believe this work and our most recent activities outlined above will not only build on the initial success of the Multakah Project, but also secure its continued success in the years to come.