Museum Education

In the Centre of Excellence for Museum Education, the eight research museums of the Leibniz Association have joined forces with four educational research institutions from the Leibniz Education Research Network Potentials and the Technical University of Munich with the aim of jointly advancing visitor research and empirical educational research on museums as informal places of learning. The focus is on linking theory and practice: through close cooperation, research findings can be directly implemented in educational practice in museums, evaluated there, and the results in turn influence research. We aim to address overarching research questions as well as to integrate different disciplines in the development of central questions in visitor research. 

The Center of Excellence for Museum Education aims to develop and establish common research approaches and thus contribute to a higher standardisation and comparability of visitor research in Germany in the long run. In doing so, the Centre also acts as a national contact point for visitor research in museums and specifically promotes the exchange between stakeholders.

Contact persons in the Center of Excellence


Alexandra W. Busch

Prof. Dr. Alexandra W. Busch

Director General
Leibniz-Zentrum für Archäologie (LEIZA), Mainz

Olaf Köller

Prof. Dr. Olaf Köller

Executive Scientific Director
IPN Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education, Kiel

Lorenz Kampschulte

Dr. Lorenz Kampschulte

Head of Education
Deutsches Museum, Munich


Sielle Gramser

Dr. Siëlle Gramser

Coordination Leibniz-BIM
Leibniz-Zentrum für Archäologie (LEIZA), Mainz

Gun-Brit Thoma

Dr. Gun-Brit Thoma

Coordination Leibniz-BIM
IPN Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education, Kiel