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Rathgen-Forschungslabor (Rathgen Research Laboratory)

The Rathgen-Forschungslabor is believed to be the oldest museum’s laboratory in the world. It was founded in 1888 as the Chemical Laboratory of the Königliche Museen zu Berlin and was later renamed in honor of its first director Friedrich Rathgen, a chemist who was specialized in the conservation and analysis of historical objects.

As the scientific arm of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Rathgen-Forschungslabor provides support and advice on issues related to conservation, art technology and archaeometry. It not only offers its services to the museums in Berlin but also to institutions and organisations across the globe. The laboratory investigates museum objects and materials of all kinds, and conducts research on the preservation of historical monuments and archeological sites.

Web Address http://www.smb.museum/rf
Postal Address Rathgen-Forschungslabor

Schlossstrasse 1A

14059 BERLIN (Germany)

Phone +49 (0)30 266427100
Contact rf@smb.spk-berlin.de
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Website Languages German