Please note that we cannot currently offer tours of the collections due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The Library and Photographic Collection
We welcome group visitors on a case by case basis. Please contact the Libraryor Photographic Collection at least three weeks in advance to arrange a visit or tour.
As part of a tour we can offer a general 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 and Photographic Collection, 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 observe 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.
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.