The constant evolution of society also changes the cultural context for museums as museum work and social developments are inextricably linked. Museums are part of and at the same time a mirror of change. Today, a city museum can and should be more than a storehouse of knowledge and a place of collecting and preserving. It can become a forum for social debate and civic participation. To this end, a comprehensive concept for the re-design of Stadtmuseum Oldenburg was drawn up together with the museum team with a view to renewing the city museum as a cultural institution and strengthening its role as a place of encounter. The design process included the creation of space and function diagrams as well as a cost estimate for the overall project.
The new museum to be created draws on modern insights related to visitor orientation, incorporates dialogue structures and aims to develop and implement museum projects in exchange with urban society and with the participation of many different people. The new concept of the Stadtmuseum Oldenburg includes historical and contemporary thematic modules for a permanent exhibition, which is drawn from the museum’s collections, as well as in-house productions of special exhibitions. The entrance area, café and garden and the connecting wing to the Horst Janßen Museum form a public forum and stage. As OLDENBURG MUSEUM, it is intended to be more a part of the city’s identity than ever before.
Content conception and preparation of a feasibility study for the creation of a new, participatory museum and citizens’ forum