Who we are
Museum Friedland tells migration stories in a unique location. The central point of reference for all activities is Friedland Transit Camp, where over four million people have been registered since 1945. As an initial registration facility that is still in operation, even today the Transit Camp continues to be a place of diverse migration. The link between the past and the present as well as the immediate vicinity of the museum to the Transit Camp characterise the work and profile of Museum Friedland in a special way.
Museum Friedland explores, secures, presents and conveys the past and present of Friedland Transit Camp. In addition, it focuses on the complex processes of farewell, arrival and new beginnings in general, as well as various aspects of migration policy, social participation, borders, identities and affiliations, consequences of war, human rights and asylum, both in the historical and contemporary perspective.
Museum Friedland is a vibrant place where past and present as well as the local and global perspectives meet. It is a place of learning, a discussion forum, a research centre and a meeting point. It addresses both a wide audience and scientific experts. In its work, it focuses on the latest historical and museological research.
What we do
In its permanent exhibition »Friedland. Perspectives of Migration«, the museum tells the history of Friedland Transit Camp from 1945 until today from different angles. It traces diverse paths of life from many parts of the world. Multimedia installations, documents, photographs and various objects, including numerous personal memorabilia of eyewitnesses convey complex and exciting stories that stimulate reflection and discussion. Temporary exhibitions in the "Nissen Hut" on the site of Friedland Transit Camp complement the permanent exhibition.
In addition, the museum collects and maintains testimonies from the past and present of Friedland Transit Camp. The collection is being continuously expanded and scientifically developed. The collection’s objects are used for exhibitions, the educational programme and scientific research. They can also be made available to other museums as loans.
With its educational programme, Museum Friedland stimulates a wide audience to deal with the past and present of Friedland Transit Camp as well as with more general socio-political issues. The guiding principles of the specific formats addressing various target groups are visitor orientation, sustainability and participation.
Furthermore, Museum Friedland offers the opportunity to delve deeper into selected issues through conferences, readings, film screenings or discussion rounds, as well as festivities or commemorative celebrations on specific topics. The museum regularly provides opportunities for discussion and exchange of ideas.
What we stand for
Museum Friedland is committed to the concept of diversity and opposes racism, antisemitism and other forms of discrimination. It understands its work as a socio-political contribution to a cosmopolitan society. In this sense, Museum Friedland is positioning itself against racist attributions, culturalistic assumptions or attitudes that ostracise migrants, in particular the people staying at Friedland Transit Camp.
All visitors are welcome to Museum Friedland. Its exhibitions are easily accessible and multilingual. The museum’s educational department develops offers for various target groups which reflect the diversity of society. Special attention is paid to the people staying at Friedland Transit Camp. They are guests of the museum, contemporary eyewitnesses and discussion partners and players in a participatory and collaborative museum work.
Diversity is also reflected in the composition of the team.
What we intend to do
Museum Friedland is a museum in progress. Reflection, evaluation and further development of its own practice play a key role in all its areas of work.
Over the next few years an additional museum building will be erected, in which further space for exhibitions, educational offers and depots will be provided. Taking up current issues will play a pivotal role in our museum work. In addition, the museum is working in the long term to develop Friedland Academy, which will provide space for youth exchanges, scientific conferences as well as non-university research projects.
With its current and planned programmes, Museum Friedland aims to establish itself on a local and regional level and beyond. Museum Friedland is further enhancing the exchange with other institutions and persons interested in migration issues:
Museum Friedland considers itself as a place that connects people from near and far: visitors, contemporary witnesses, supporters, cooperation partners and interested researchers. We hope that a lively community will be created around Museum Friedland that accompanies and actively shapes the work of the museum.
Friedland, February 2017