The Museum in the River

The Weserburg, Bremen’s museum of modern art—one of the largest museums in Germany with an international reputation—is located in the middle of the Weser River in the heart of the Hanseatic city. The institution does not only consider itself in the middle of the river geographically: constantly alternating presentations of works from famous private collections as well as special exhibitions show the dynamic development of modern art from the sixties to the present. A supporting program consisting of weekly guided tours, concerts, lectures, performances, discussions with artists, and film screenings make the Weserburg one of the liveliest places in town. 

The First Collector’s Museum in Europe

The idea for a collector’s museum, an institution in which the collector is not only the lender but a committed mediator of modern art, was implemented for the first time in Europe in Bremen, a concept that clearly sets the Weserburg apart from traditional art museums. Various focuses have been selected from several German collections that provide insight into the world of art that is as personal as it is diverse. The private collector’s individual passion for art is combined with the scholarly eye of the museum in the special atmosphere of this historic building. In an impressive tour, visitors do not follow a path alongside art-historical developments, rather they follow dialogues between the individual works of art. The appeal lies in the interaction between the individual private collections. When strolling through the exhibition spaces, the juxtaposition and coexistence of different collection concepts under one roof enables experiencing contemporary art from ever new, in part surprising angles of vision.


The old warehouses of the Weserburg can look back at an eventful history. Before art took up residence in the building, it housed a tobacco factory and later the Schilling coffee roasting facility. In 1893, the cigarette factory Ad. Hagens & Co. purchased the packing houses nos. 20a–d, which were built on the Teerhof by the C. Poppe company, and in 1897 built the so-called Hagensburg. The architect Johann Rippe was in charge of construction, and the building constituted the spectacular completion of the development of the Teerhof before World War II. The two neo-Gothic gate towers in particular loosened the monotony of the rows of packing houses and were an eye-catcher when viewed from the Kaiserbrücke (now the Bürgermeister-Smidt-Brücke). [More]

The Collections

Since it opened in 1991, the Weserburg has presented art from a number of private European collections, which enables viewers to perceive the spirited variety of contemporary art in a special way. Unlike public institutions, as art lovers, private collectors are only committed to their own preferences. By pursuing their personal ideas and passions, collections are created with an unmistakable character of their own. [more]

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