Museum and Mausoleum
The Museum in the Robert Koch Institute
Source: Bredow, Robert Koch Institute Berlin
The Robert Koch Institute has a small museum displaying memorabilia from the life and work of the institute's founder, Robert Koch. Visitors can view, for example, his desk, some of his microscopes, biological preparations and photomicrographs, as well as a collection of certificates and photographs. In addition, the mausoleum containing Robert Koch's remains can be visited.
The museum at the Robert Koch Institute is open on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Short tours are offered at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Those wishing to visit on other weekdays are asked to send a request to email@example.com. For organisational reasons, large groups (15 or more) wishing to visit on any weekday should first send a written request.
The contact person for museum visits and for questions concerning the scientific legacy of Robert Koch is Heide Tröllmich.
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.