City and Maritime Museum Kiel

City council of Kiel
April 2014
700 qm

Design and production of the permanent exhibition (all HOAI phases, s.a.).
Exhibition design, graphics and light, design and media production, technical planning, production management, cost controlling, expenditure reports

IGLHAUT + von GROTE Ausstellungsgestaltung und Design / City and Maritime Museum Kiel
Project text:

The Kieler Stadt- und Schifffahrtsmuseum (Kiel City and Maritime Museum) uses numerous exhibits to vividly relate the history of Kiel as a harbour, as a naval centre and site of shipbuilding. The impressive fishing hall, built in 1909 and now a listed building, is located right on the Kieler Förde, a museum which also serves as one of the city’s most emblematic buildings. Panorama windows offer an unrestricted view over the water, uniting the maritime past and present of Kiel.

The listed building is distinguished by a form that seems to draw from ecclesiastical structures. It is one of the few remaining witnesses to the civic history of Kiel from the pre-World War Two era, and tells of the traditional bond the city’s inhabitants enjoy with the sea, both as living space and commercial environment.

The impressive new concept opens up whole new thematic areas, with modern display cases as well as text and media elements along with digital multimedia elements such as voice guides and touch screens. The four exhibition focal points present Kiel as a naval base, harbour city, shipbuilding site and sailing centre, each shown in chronological outline over the last 150 years.

The new maritime permanent exhibition features around 800 exhibits. The exhibits have been carefully paired with modern media technology as an interactive presentation for such topics as the history of fisheries, the Kiel Canal and marine painting. Over 1000 historic photographs from the Kiel City Archives have also been integrated into the media stations, including the previously unpublished inventory of the Kiel naval photographer Wilhelm Schäfer, who recorded images of every ship in the Imperial Navy.