Rooster Pitcher, Central Iran, 13th c. AD/ 7th c. AH, Ceramic with turquoise glaze, BC-5.776

The MUSEUM of THE BUMILLER COLLECTION houses more than 6,000 objects of Islamic art, and is located only one minute’s walk from the university, in the heart of historic Bamberg – one of Europe’s largest and undamaged medieval town centres that has been inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1993. As the official Bamberg University Museum – up until now, the University of Bamberg is the only university in Germany with an academic chair in Islamic art history and archaeology – it represents an important link between theory and practice. Professors are able to teach their students on site and can carry out research directly on the exhibits.

The medieval building that houses the MUSEUM dates back to 1321 and is classified as listed building. Between 1992 and 1995, the site was extensively renovated by Senator h. c. Manfred Bumiller.

The exhibits are displayed typologically. They are sorted according to their shape, ornamentation and style and are placed in chronological order. This is so that recipients may recognize and comprehend developments and trends more easily. While museums often choose to exhibit only the most spectacular or the most rare pieces from a particular high culture, our approach is to show the daily life of the people in the early Islamic world in tandem with the aesthetic development of their culture.

The wish of the BUMILLER COLLECTION is to offer visitors significant and exiting insights drawn from a coherent presentation of art objects.

Universität Bamberg

University Museum of the University Bamberg

The BUMILLER COLLECTION – MUSEUM OF ISLAMIC ART has officially carried the designation of “University Museum” since 2008, substantiating the long-standing relationship between the Bumiller Art Foundation and Bamberg University through a partnership agreement. Prior to this, Prof. Dr. Lorenz Korn, Professor for Islamic Art History and Archaeology had already been a member of the Bumiller Art Foundation advisory board. The collection is used for university teaching and students are not only able to view the objects from the collection in detail, but can even handle the objects, ensuring a qualitative examination. PhD students and guest researchers from around the world incorporate the collection in their research on the art and art history of the Islamic world.

Further Information:
Fakultät Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften, Universität Bamberg:
Islamische Kunstgeschichte und Archäologie


Phone: +49 (0)951 259 54
Address: Austrasse 29
96047 Bamberg
Opening Hours: By appointment only
Admission: Free, donations are welcome
Contact Person: Gertrud Sackerlotzky
President of the B.A.F