Welcome to the Workshops

on the 1st floor of the Humboldt Forum!

Whether you are alone or in a group; with grandchildren or the entire school class – five days a week, the Workshops invite you to explore the space and participate in various educational activities.

Apart from a selection of books for a deeper engagement with themes pertaining to the Humboldt Forum, there are individual workstations, activities for children and insights into the educational work of the Academy – the department for education, mediation and science of the Humboldt Forum Foundation in the Berlin Palace. At the bottom of this page you will find an overview about the workshops that take place here (open to the public and bookable for groups).

To Participate | For Everyone

Every Saturday afternoon the Drop-In format Colorful Palaces takes place in the Workshops. Everyone from the age of 3 onwards can participate – alone, with friends or with the entire family. The Drop-Ins invite you to get creative and learn more about the History of the Site or the Humboldt Brothers. The MeetUp Make it and take it! invites everyone aged 16 onwards to tinker and design together with a laser cutte, 3D printer, cutting plotter, sewing and embroidery machine.

Every October, as part of the European Code Week, the Workshops become a hands-on festival for people of all ages. Coding stations, maker space activities and creative workshops with digital media invite you to try out programming, tinkering and hacking.


To Discover | For Groups

Workshops, symposia and other educational activities regularly take place in multiple inclusively-designed seminar rooms. The biannual brochure Mitten drin (available only in German) provides an overview of the bookable workshops for daycare groups and school classes, as well as advanced training for educators, teachers and mediators. The newsletter Bildung und Vermittlung provides further information about current educational projects (click here to sign up).


To Play | For Children

Bored of being quiet and still? There is a Play Den in the Workshops for children of all ages to climb and have fun. If this is too much action for you and you’d rather prefer a quieter space, check out the Drawing Station and the interactive Feedback Wall right beside the play area.

Towards the back of the Workshops you will find a Playing Corner, equipped with various card and board games. A fluffy surprise awaits you there!

A separate room has been set up for children in the Gallery above, with colourful cushions and kid-friendly furniture. The workshop Eagle, Lion, Crown takes place here, in which children create their own plaster casts. Outisde workshop hours, this space can freely be used by visitors as a retreat to rest and relax.


To Read | For Inquisitive Minds

Whether it’s an exhibition catalogue, a children’s book, a comic book, a picture book or a non-fiction book: rummage and browse through the Research Area – and you will surely find something that piques your interest! The bookshelves towards the back of the Workshops offer literature covering a wide range of topics in different languages. Read about colonialism and racism, Humboldt Brothers or the history of the Humboldt Forum and its exhibitions, and strike up a conversation with fellow visitors. There is also a Flashback object from the History of the Site with an audio station here.



To Meet | For Berliners

The Object Salon is a meeting place, a storytelling forum and a participatory format that takes place several times a year in the Workshops. People from all over Berlin come together to tell each other personal stories about items from their homes. The display cabinet in the entrance area exhibits these belongings. Over the past few years, groups from the history project “Anno Erzählt”, SOS Kinderdorf Berlin, Stadtteilzentrum Kreativhaus, Hoffnungstaler Stiftung Lobetal, Fröbel-Kindergarten Schatzinsel and Lebenshilfe Berlin have been involved in this project.



To Learn | For Students

No more place to sit in the library? Come and study in the Workshops! 15 individual workstations with table lamps, power sockets and Wi-Fi are available on the gallery upstairs. They can be used freely during the opening hours of the Workshops, without any prior registration or reservation. The upper gallery is accessible via a staircase in the entrance area and via an elevator located towards the rear end of the Workshops. Just drop by!


Public Workshops

Bookable Workshops

Educational Material



Both floors of the Workshops are universally accessible. The elevator to the upper gallery is located towards the rear end of the Workshops. Tactile paving and tactile maps help with orientation of the space.

Any Questions?

Visitor Service personnel are always present at the information desk on site, and are happy to provide information about the offers in the house or help with any other questions.

You can reach our Visitor Service by phone from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, Monday to Saturday, on +49 30 99211 8989. Educational programmes can also be booked via e-mail on [email protected].

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