A Window on the World
The Colonial-Age Collection
In the spacious exhibition room on the top floor of the museum, the new Colonial History Department has found its place. Here the history of the German colonies in Africa, China and the South Seas is presented in detail and also critically examined. The museum draws on its extensive ethnographic holdings, which were acquired by the museum's founder, Carl Frowin Mayer between 1894 and 1917. Collections by big game hunters, missionaries, aid workers and travellers from Offenburg and the surrounding region from 1918 to the present day show all too clearly that the consequences of the colonial age are still palpable today.