Group visits and guided tours to The Warburg Institute's Collections


The Warburg Institute welcomes individual and group visitors, but we ask that you contact us at least three weeks prior in order to arrange a visit with us. Details of how to contact us can be found below.

If many tutors or lecturers from one institution want to visit, we recommend they contact us by email institution to institution.

Library and Photographic Collection

If you wish to visit the Library and Photographic Collection with a class or a group, please contact us by email at least three weeks before your planned visit.

The admission rules apply for groups as well as individuals. Check to see the category of admission your group will fit into before contacting us.

We require that all visitors meet with a member of Library staff and have an induction to the Library before using the collections.

As part of a tour we can offer a general and brief introduction to the collections. This will cover how they are organised and an overview of their history, including the contribution of Aby Warburg. Warburg's Bilderatlas Mnemosyne no longer exists in its original form and cannot be viewed during tours of the Library, but many of the original images and related documents are held in the Institute’s Archive.

We prefer to limit the number of people on a visit to 20. We ask visitors to obey the rules of the Library while in the stacks, to maintain a pleasant and quiet atmosphere for other readers, and not to block public areas.

We do not have public space within the Library for breakouts or class gatherings. If a room is required for this purpose it should be booked prior to the visit. Find out more about hiring a room at The Warburg Institute.

 

Archive

Group visits may include a brief introduction to the Institute’s Archive with a focus on the collection of Aby Warburg’s papers.

If you wish to organise a group visit the Archive, please contact us by email at least three weeks before your planned visit.

Introductions to the Archive are limited to times when a group visit does not disturb pre-booked Archive users.

The Archive cannot accommodate groups larger than 15 people.

Introductions to the Archive do not include in-depth explanations of Aby Warburg’s contribution to scholarship, e.g. his Bilderatlas Mnemosyne. Teachers and group leaders who wish to receive an introduction of this kind need to arrange such a session at least three months in advance. This additional service will be subject to a fee; please contact us to discuss your requirements.