As a dialogic and participatory forum for all world cultures, the Humboldt Forum also reveals the diverse role to be played by museum education and outreach activities.
The processes this entails range from highlighting the original objects’ singular authenticity to performing duties in cultural education, holding events, and providing visitor services for all audiences. Exhibitions and their accompanying education strategies are subjected to permanently evolving questions, expectations, and media developments. All these things reflect current social debates and the shifting roles that cultural institutions play as a result. The dissemination of cultural content occurs in accordance with such changes, as well as with the collection contents themselves, and the current requirements and interests of the public. Specifically pertaining to the Humboldt-Forum comes the added consideration of how to treat ethnographic and art collections, viewed against the backdrop of postcolonial discourses, and the collaboration between the other partners in the Forum acting at the crossroads of scientific endeavour, library research, and the hosting of diverse events.