Privacy Policy

The Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Berlin State Museums) – Preussischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation) – is committed to handling your personal data in a responsible manner and to providing transparency about its use. To this end, the following information will outline:

· why the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin collects and stores data,

· what rights users of this website have,

· how the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin collects data and which data it retains,

· which kinds of cookies are used on this website,

· how you can object to or avoid the collection of your personal data, and

· who is responsible for this website and the data privacy policies

1. Why does the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin collect data?

As a general rule, we collect and use personal data related to our users only to the extent that this is necessary for us to ensure the functionality of the website and to deliver our content and services. For example, it is necessary for our system to temporarily save a user’s IP address in order to facilitate a stable and secure delivery of the webpages to the computer of the user. To this end, it is necessary to save the anonymised IP address of the user. This data will be erased as soon as it is no longer necessary.

The Staatliche Museen zu Berlin carry out an analysis of the ways users interact with this website. This provides us with information to improve the website. This includes, for example, knowing how often particular aspects on a website are clicked on, or which browsers are used to view the pages. The data that is saved for this is anonymised or pseudo-anonymised and is used by the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin exclusively for the purposes of statistical analysis. The data are not used for any other purpose, nor are they passed on to third parties. 

2. What rights do users of this website have?

In relation to personal data and our website, you have the following rights, as defined by the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation:

· the right of access by the data subject (art. 15 GDPR),

· right to rectification and erasure (art. 16&17 GDPR), 

· the right to restriction of processing (art. 18 GDPR),

· the right to object to processing (art. 21 GDPR),

· the right to data portability (art. 20)

Additionally, you have the right to make a complaint to the data privacy regulating body about the way we have processed your personal data (art. 77 GDPR). For the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI) is the relevant body.

3. What data are collected?

a) The functionality of the website and creation of log files

With every visit to this website, the system automatically collects data and information from the computer system of the computer producing the traffic. The Staatliche Museen zu Berlin has a legitimate interest in processing this personal information as enshrined in art. 6 para. 1f of the GDPR. Our legitimate interest is the functionality and user-friendliness of the website.

The following data are collected:

· IP addresses

· Log files

· Inventory data, traffic data and content data of the website

· Error protocols

Log files allow website operators to monitor activities on their websites. The access logs of the web server keep a record of when each particular page was visited. This includes the following data: IP address, directory protection users, date, time, pages visited, protocols, status codes, data size, referrer, user agent, hostname used.

Hosting, operation and development of the website

This website is hosted on the technical infrastructure belonging to the company „Wix“ ( Ltd., 40 Namal Tel Aviv St., Tel Aviv, Israel). Wix claims: ˝Wix has servers all over the world, including Europe and the United States, as well as backup servers in multiple locations. […] If the Processing of the User Customer Data involves transfer of such data outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) and the European data protection regulations apply to the transfers of such data, these transfers will be conducted in compliance with all applicable data protection regulations.˝

Wix is used in the interest of providing, building and maintaining an appealing website. This represents a legitimate interest as outlined in art. 6 para. 1f of the GDPR.

To access the Wix privacy policy please follow this link:

The external partner Hochschule Macromedia, University of Applied Sciences, Campus Berlin has access to the data in Wix for the purposes of website maintenance.

b) Which cookies does this website use?

Cookies are small text files that are saved on your computer when you visit a website and are accessed by the browser you use. Cookies allow information to be exchanged between computer programmes or to be saved for a limited time. Specific information is transmitted to our systems from the saved cookies. However, they are unable to operate a programme or transfer viruses to your computer.

Cookies can only be saved if you have authorized this in your browser settings. Therefore, as a user, you also have full control over the use of cookies. By changing your settings in your internet browser, you can deactivate or limit the transmission of cookies. Cookies that have already been saved can be deleted at any time. This can be done automatically.

With every visit to a website and every time you access a file online, it is typical for browsers to transmit data.

Cookies that are necessary for the functioning of the website are regulated under art. 6, para. 1e of the GDPR. All other cookies are processed only with user consent, in accordance with art. 6, para. 1a of the GDPR.

Cookies used on the website, listed with their purpose, duration and type, are:



Purpose: Used for security reasons

Duration: Session

Cookie Type: Essential



Purpose: Used for security reasons

Duration: Session

Cookie Type: Essential



Purpose: Used in connection with user login

Duration: 2 years

Cookie Type: Essential



Purpose: Used to indicate the system from which the site was rendered

Duration: 1 minute

Cookie Type: Essential



Purpose: Used for cookie banner parameters

Duration: 12 months

Cookie Type: Essential



Purpose: Used for security and anti-fraud reasons

Duration: Session

Cookie Type: Essential



Purpose: Used for system effectiveness measurement

Duration: 30 minutes

Cookie Type: Essential



Purpose: Used for stability/effectiveness measurement

Duration: 12 months

Cookie Type: Essential



Purpose: Used on multilingual websites to save user language preference

Duration: 12 months

Cookie Type: Functional


Of the data that is transmitted when you visit this website, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin saves the following information:

· Browser type/version

· Operating system

· Referrer URL

· Date and time of the server inquiry

· Page(s) visited and file(s) accessed

· Amount of data transmitted

· Country of origin

· Notification of whether the attempt at access was successful.


The processing of the personal data of users allows us to analyse the interaction of our users with the site. Through evaluating this data, we are able to piece together information about the use of individual components on our webpages. This helps us to continually improve our webpages and make them more user-friendly. 

Please note: If you have activated automatic deletion of cookies in your browser when you shut down your programme, the deactivation cookie will also be deleted. In this case, the next time you visit this website, you will be shown the cookie setting options again, providing you with another opportunity to give your express consent to the processing of your data for the purposes of analysis or to use the website without web analysis cookies. Additionally, if you use another computer or another web browser, you will have another opportunity to give your express consent to the processing of your data for the purposes of analyses or to use the website without web analysis cookies.

c) Which data are saved in the event of digital inquiries by email?

For email inquiries, you are required to enter specific information so that the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin can contact you or send you the documents you have requested. The legal basis for the processing of data is our legitimate interest as outlined in art. 6 para. 1f of the GDPR. The legitimate interest here is our capacity to quickly and easily communicate with users of our website.

d) Images and videos of individuals on the website

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has strengthened the rights of affected individuals. It is possible that there are older images or videos on our website that show people who did not give their consent to be photographed or recorded. If this affects you, then you have the right to object to the use of the photos.

4. Who is responsible for content and maintenance, and who looks after data protection?

The Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz, legally represented by the president, Prof. Dr. hc. mult. Hermann Parzinger, is responsible for data protection on these webpages.

Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz

 Von-der-Heydt-Straße 16-18

 10785 Berlin


Phone: +49 (0)30 266 412889



For questions regarding data protection, the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz has a data protection officer whom you can contact at our postal address (addressed to the “data protection officer”) or at

5. Changes to the Privacy Policy

The Staatliche Museen zu Berlin reserves the right to adapt this policy to meet technological developments and changes to legal frameworks. The date of the most recent version of this data protection policy can be found at the end of this document.

Date: December 2021