History of Astronomy : Museums and exhibits

The Aby Warburg Collection at Hamburg Planetarium

On May 31, 1994, as a lasting exhibit once again, the restored "Collection of pictures portraying the history of belief in the stars and astronomy" was reopened. This exhibit was put together originally by humanity scholar Aby Warburg (1866-1929) and shown for the first time on the 15th of April 1930 in the Hamburg Planetarium. Many of the exhibits were thought to be lost for a long time, but were nevertheless rediscovered. Other exhibits were also portrayed in the Hamburg Planetarium, and can now as a result be considered again a complete exhibit.

With over 100 objects - especially photographs of illustrated handwritings, books, drawings, and wood carvings, plaster casts, show cases, and models, alltogether lead the planetarium visitor through 4000 years of astrological and cosmological time. Starting with the Babylonian, and leading up to the time of Kepler, the visitor is lead through a visual tour of 17 chronological rooms characterizing the concepts of the world of the stars and along with that, the question of Man's role in the Cosmos.

Planetarium Hamburg
Hindenburgstrasse Ö1
D-22303 Hamburg
Tel. (040) 51 49 85 - 0

Opening hours: Mon, Tue, Thu 10 am - 3.45 pm; Wed, Fri 10 am - 6 pm; Sun 10 am - 4 pm
From November until April the exhibit is closed.

Catalogue: Aby Warburg. Bildersammlung zur Geschichte von Sternglaube und Sternkunde. Hamburg: Dölling und Galitz Verlag 1993, 400 pp., ISBN 3-926174-22-6, DM 98.00

Wolfgang R. Dick. Created: 4 Apr 1995. Latest update: 3 Aug 1999