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Museum and Mausoleum

The Museum in the Robert Koch Institute

The Robert Koch Institute has a small museum displaying memorabilia from the life and work of the institute's founder, Robert Koch. From October 1st, 2016 until approximately middle of 2017 the Museum and Mausoleum are closed due to reconstruction and modernization work.

The contact person for the museum and for questions concerning the scientific legacy of Robert Koch is Heide Tröllmich, phone: +49 (0)30 - 18754 - 2678 (Mondays) or e-mail.

Museum of the Robert Koch Institute. © Bredow/RKIMuseum of the Robert Koch Institute Source: Bredow, Robert Koch Institute Berlin

Robert Koch’s Mausoleum

On 10 December 1910 Robert Koch's ashes were laid to rest in his Institute. On his birthday the scientific world paid tribute to the internationally renowned academic.

His ashes could be buried on Nordufer because at that time Prussia had not yet passed any laws about the burial of urns. Crematoria were only just beginning to appear. Cremations were part of a modernisation movement that also drew on arguments related to hygiene.

Opposite the auditorium a large room was selected as his tomb and adorned with marble in various colours. In the west wall there is a white marble ledger with the relief portrait of Robert Koch which was fashioned by the Berlin sculptor, Schmarje. Below this, the bronze urn with his ashes rests in a niche sealed with a white marble slab. The eastside of the Mausoleum bears the inscription "Robert Koch - Work and Achievements".

The mausoleum is both a tribute to and reflection of the great esteem in which the research scientist and human being was held by his staff, colleagues and friends. It was their wish to share this tribute with later generations and, at the same time, to ensure that the research institute could always remain on this site in line with the wishes of Robert Koch.

Mausoleum of Robert Koch. © Bredow/RKIMausoleum of Robert Koch Source: Bredow, Robert Koch Institute Berlin

Date: 20.07.2015

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Heide Tröllmich