The Humboldt Forum finally opens, connecting Berlin and the world

  On July 20, 2021, the Berlin Humboldt Forum was finally officially opened to the public after twists and turns. This cultural project is one of the largest national projects in modern German history.
  Since the summer of 2002, the German Bundestag passed a resolution to rebuild the Berlin Palace as the Humboldt Forum, and it took nearly 20 years to officially complete the project and open it to the outside world.
  The museum was originally scheduled to open in September 2019, but due to project schedule issues, it was postponed to the fall of 2020. Afterwards, the museum under construction encountered an accidental fire in April 2020. At that time, thick smoke billowed around the building, and the pictures on social media made the public very worried.
  However, the fire and heavy smoke did not have excessively destructive effects on the building itself, and did not delay too much construction time. After that, the official opening and opening of the museum was again affected by the new crown epidemic.
  The Humboldt Forum is located on Bodhi Street in the heart of Berlin, across the street from the Humboldt University and the Berlin Museum Island. The museum is named after Alexander von Humboldt and Wilhelm von Humboldt to commemorate the outstanding contributions of the Humboldt brothers to all mankind in their respective fields of expertise.
  The younger brother Alexander von Humboldt is a famous German natural scientist, natural geographer, explorer and naturalist, and his older brother Wilhelm von Humboldt is the founder of the Humboldt University in Berlin and a famous German education reformer. Linguist and politician.
  The location of the museum is the original site of the Berlin Palace. Built in the 15th century, the Berlin Palace was the official residence of the Elector of Brandenburg, the palace of the Kingdom of Prussia and the palace of the German Empire. During World War II, the Berlin Palace was reduced to ruins. In 1950, the German Democratic Republic (formerly East Germany) believed that the site was a symbol of Prussian militarism, so it demolished it and built the Republic Palace, a famous East German building on the original site, which functions as the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
  At that time, the builders used a lot of sprayed asbestos materials for fire protection, but asbestos would release harmful substances. After the reunification of East and West Germany, the Palace of the Republic was demolished due to the large amount of harmful substances in its building materials.
  After that, the German Bundestag passed a resolution to rebuild the Berlin Palace as the seat of the Humboldt Forum, hoping to make it “the historic center of Berlin.” As the Minister of State for Cultural Affairs of the German Federal Government Monica Groots said, the Humboldt Forum will be “a national business card.”
  Today, the Humboldt Forum, which combines modern and Baroque architectural styles, stands quietly on the Palace Square and has become a unique city landmark. Here is a gathering of cultural, artistic and scientific exhibitions and activities. It is a place for people to experience, communicate and discuss, and it is also a platform for Berlin to connect the world.
  The first exhibitions to open include “Berlin Global”, “The Basement of the Royal Palace”, “Awesomely Beautiful”, “After Nature”, “Insight” and the children’s interactive exhibition “Sit down”. In addition, the “Ethnology Collection and Asian Art Exhibition” will be launched in September.
  It is worth mentioning that the museum’s description of the “Berlin Global Exhibition” is: “Yesterday, today, tomorrow: what happens in Berlin affects the world, and what happens in the world affects Berlin.”

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