Language Resources

German Cultural Resources

Museums and the Arts

Die Pinakotheken im Kunstareal München

These are five of Munich's most influential art museums, which showcase works dating from as early as the 13th century to the present-day. The website includes information about exhibits and 

Haus der Kunst 

Built by the Nazi regime, Haus der Kunst now houses modern, often controversial artworks from throughout the world. The website features information about exhibits as well as the history of the museum. One of the highlights of the website are the richly illustrated free PDF booklets on past exhibitions and artists.

Leopold Museum 

This museum in Vienna exhibits modern and expressionist work from some of the most well-known Viennese artists of the 20th Century. The website includes an easy-to-navigate exploration of the masterpieces of the permanent collection.

Museuminsel

Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Museum island in Berlin is comprised of five state museums and galleries known not only for the artworks on display but also for buildings' architectural beauty, as well. The Altes Museum, Neues Museum, and Pergamonmuseum feature prehistoric to classical art; the Bode-Museum houses Byzantine art, sculpture, and a numismatics collection, and the Alte Nationalgalerie features 19th-century painting. 

 

Digital Projects and Collections

Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek

This massive collection of digital media from institutions--libraries, museums, universities--across Germany is freely searchable. The library contains many types of media, but it's possible to limit the search to text sources. You can also limit the search by license, allowing you to find only objects with share-alike licensing, for instance. The site is available in either German or English, although object descriptions are generally in German.

Multikultura

This collection of short texts includes reading comprehension quizzes. It's a useful resource for intermediate German learners.