Overall survey of the historical designs for the total of 68 halls and two domed halls

As a unique collection of buildings set in an educational environment, Museum Island in Berlin Mitte represents 185 years of museum architecture. The reunification of Germany opened up the historic one-off opportunity of bringing the dispersed collections from the east and west back together. In 1999, UNESCO placed Museum Island under its protection as a World Heritage Site.

Restoration analysis is being conducted of wall structures, stairs and paving tiles in the basilica, the Great Domed Hall/gallery and in many other rooms. Although having been repainted completely multiple times, the original architectural materials of the wall structures are still discernable. The paving tiles are made from natural and artificial (stucco and plaster) materials. Sample surface areas were designated for analysis. The purpose of the work on the sample areas was to develop appropriate methods for removing overcoats, residue of glue, carpet and paintwork while providing maximum protection to the stone and stucco surfaces, and to establish the surfaces’ original colour.


  • Recording, mapping and analysing 32 stone materials such as marble, limestone, sandstone, granite, ceramic and artificial stone for the space settings
  • Overall survey of the historical designs for the total of 68 halls and two domed halls
  • Constructive analyses, drafting disassembly instructions and compiling restoration plans for nine valuable coffered timber ceilings
  • Constructive analysis and evaluation of all stucco ceilings

Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR)

Period of execution:

Restaurierung am Oberbaum (RAO) 2000-2001

Jörg Breitenfeldt, Uwe de Maiziere, Die restauratorische Untersuchung der Innenräume des Bode‐Museums – vom Bestand zum Konzept für eine denkmalgerechte Wiederherstellung. Das Bode‐Museum – Projekte und Restaurierungen. Berlin, Kunstverlag Josef Fink, 2011