Wikipedia in the Museum

Discover Hamburg‘s architectural history and “Taktgeber Hafen” by QR code on Wikipedia

QR-Code in der Ausstellung 'Taktgeber Hafen', Stadtgeschichtlicher Rundgang


Since autumn 2012, information panels with QR codes have been in place in the Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte, enabling visitors to explore exhibits. All smartphone users can link up with Wikipedia using the code system QRpedia and obtain digital information about Hamburg’s history. Articles on the individual exhibits which were integrated into the facades and rooms of the museum and on exhibits in the recently opened exhibition “Taktgeber Hafen – Hamburg’s Urban Development in the 20th Century” can be accessed.

From its inception, the Museum of Hamburg History, designed by Fritz Schumacher and built from 1914-1922, was not meant to be a “standard” museum which just presents exhibits. Schumacher and the museum’s director Otto Lauffer arranged for the installation of special fragments of the old Hamburg no longer present in the cityscape today in the new building. To ensure that these integrated elements can be understood better, the Wikipedia authors wrote a range of articles, translated them into several languages, created photos in the exhibition and incorporated picture material from the collection in Wikipedia as part of GLAM Cooperation with Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte. Photos, graphic presentations and information on the original buildings can now be accessed on Wikipedia for these architectural elements. In addition, digital maps present the former location of buildings like the Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus), Bauhof or houses on Deichstraße. In the permanent exhibition “Taktgeber Hafen”, selected objects were also fitted with codes which provide access to additional information on Wikipedia.
Foreign-language visitors can derive special benefit from the background information provided in the free online encyclopaedia: when the code is scanned, the device presents the respective Wikipedia article in the language set by the user.

For more information, please visit the Project Website at Wikipedia.