Prof. Dr. Bernhard Graf
Bernhard Graf was born in 1953. He is the Director of the
Institut für Museumsforschung der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin (SMB-IfM) - Preußischer
Kulturbesitz. His scientific background is educational science, psychology and media
research. At the Institut für Museumsforschung, he is working in the field of media
research and marketing-related questions for museums. His museum-related background is
in science-museums and science-centres as well as in exhibition planning for museums of
history and other disciplines.
Beside his work at the Institut für Museumsforschung he is teaching and acting as
Honorarprofessor für Kulturkommunikation at the Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für
Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft.
Prof. Graf has published scientific monographs and articles on evaluation of museum
exhibitions, programmes and activities. Furthermore, he has participated in the
conceptual work for several new museums or museum complexes in Germany, such as the
Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn (German History), the different
museums of the Stiftung Saarländischer Kulturbesitz, Saarbrücken (Art, Archaeology and
Cultural History), the Heinz-Nixdorf Museums Forum Paderborn (Computer- and Science
Museum) or the Neanderthal-Museum in Mettmann, Düsseldorf (Museum of the Human Evolution).
He is president of the Landesverband der Museen zu Berlin, board-member of the German
museum association Deutscher Museumsbund e.V. and member of the evaluation-board of the
Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (WGL) (84 national research
institutions, including 7 research-museums).