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Supporting Schwules Museum

The Schwules Museum offers many opportunities to get involved on a personal level, whether as a member of Verein der Freundinnen und Freunde eines Schwulen Museums in Berlin e.V.  (Friends of a Gay Museum in Berlin), through regular donations or volunteer work.

Becoming a Member of the Association

Aside from institutional support from the City Berlin, membership dues contribute an indispensable source of income for the realization of the Museums intentions.

Including full voting rights for the regular membership meeting, members of the association can visit any exhibition and event for free and attend exclusive guided tours.

→ Information on Membership Options


As a volunteer, you support our ongoing operations on a regular basis by taking over museum services, helping with events, giving tours of the exhibitions or assisting with work on the archive.

→ Information on Volunteering Options


Donations are the basis of our existence. The annual City Council funding, which we have been receiving since 2010, only accounts for 50% of our finances. We thus rely on donations to guarantee the Museum’s continued operation. Join the circle of our supporters and donate via payPal! 

You can also transfer us your donation. All donations to the Museum are tax-deductible. We are authorized to issue official statements for donations made to recognized charitable organizations in support of cultural functions, according to German tax law (§ 50 EstDV). Your receipt of donation is issued when we have received your donation.

Account Details

Verein der Freundinnen und Freunde des Schwulen Museums in Berlin e. V.
IBAN: DE54 1005 0000 6603 1736 87
Bank: Landesbank Berlin – Berliner Sparkasse

Donating Books and Objects of Interest

Donations in kind, in the form of objects, books, magazines, documents and artwork, are gladly welcomed. Official statements recognized by tax authorities may also be issued for donations in kind.

The library at the Schwules Museum has been assembled nearly exclusively through donations. Even today, we rely on donations of books, magazines and other media. Every donation is accepted, and whatever we cannot use ourselves is exchanged with other institutions or offered second hand.

However, we also rely on monetary donations for the purchase of rare titles and the restoration of those already in our collection. To this end, we have established an Adopt-a-Book program, through which a very small contribution can make a very difference: archivbibliothek@schwulesmuseum.de