We are pleased to welcome you to the birthplace of the artist, Berta Hummel. On the following pages you will learn that Berta Hummel created much more than those childhood scenes, which later became the basis for the world-famous "Hummel figurines." As you read on, you will learn interesting facts about the Hummel home, a place rich in tradition and culture. The website takes you through the museum itself, informs you about the permanent exhibits and any current special exhibitions. Detailed information is also available about the impressive life of the artist and nun Berta Hummel / M. Innocentia. Finally, in the Museum Shop, you can look through the items available and, if you wish, order directly via internet. Enjoy your visit!

Alfred Hummel / 13.07.2006 / eMail

Exhibition now open to the public - Bavaria and Tirol - Berta M.I. Hummel and Paul Flora

The Austrian Consul General Dr. Helmut Koller opened the exhibition „Bavaria and Tirol - Berta M. I. Hummel and Paul Flora“ on Friday, April 15th, 2016.
The director of the museum, Alfred Hummel, greeted the guests and gave a short introduction to the new exhibition. Many of the works by Berta Hummel and Paul Flora have been placed opposite each other so that the artists are in direct dialogue. Paul Flora’s son-in-law, Dr. Thomas Seywald, gave an interesting and amusing talk about his father-in-law, which was then followed by the consul general’s talk on the cooperation between Austria and Bavaria. The consul then officially opened the exhibition. The musical group from Massing „Haertter-Musi“ began their program with baviaran-austrian music and then moved on to more international pieces as the evening progressed.

Alfred Hummel / 20.04.2016 / eMail

12th Berta Hummel Race in the Open Air Museum in Massing on February 13, 2016

Record speeds and record participation (25% increase) - Runners from other countries at the starting line

Josef Diensthuber from TSV Reischach was the favorite going into the race. He not only won for the fourth time in a row, but also set a new record in the 8000 meter race with a time of 25 minutes and 44 seconds. He beat his own best time by 40 seconds. Waltraud Berger from TG Salzachtal won the women’s race for the second time with her time of 32 minutes and 7 seconds. She missed the track record by only one second.

A lot of athletes participated in the race, although the weather was unpleasant and the wind coming from the east was icy cold. There were even runners from Austria and a woman from New York City who took part. Word has got around among the walkers and runners that The Open Air Museum in Massing has a very special atmosphere and that the races there are always well organized.

The award ceremony took place in the gymnasium. The master of ceremonies Herbert Trager introduced Mr Alfred Hummel, who then presented Hummel figurines to Josef Diensthuber and Waltraud Berger, the grand winners of the race.

(From left to right:Spartenleiter Roland Wunderlich, Sieger Josef Diensthuber, Siegerin Waltraud Berger, Alfred Hummel, deputy major Christian Thiel)

Alfred Hummel / 16.03.2016 / eMail

Hummel lands at Terminal 2 of the Munich Airport

Travelers and visitors at the Munich Airport can now enjoy an exhibition put together jointly by the Berta Hummel Museum and the Hummel Manufaktur. The exhibition began on the first of December. Pictures from Berta Hummel from the time before she entered the convent together with pictures of various figurines from the Hummel Manufaktur (including the Jumbo Hiking Boy) are on display on the 5th level of Terminal 2 behind the passport control area. The exhibition will be on display until January 29th, 2016.

Alfred Hummel / 04.12.2015 / eMail

International Hummel Club Convention in Philadelphia

This year’s Hummel Club Convention took place in Philadelphia from September
17 to September 19. More than 400 interested club members from all over the US, as well as club members from Europe, listened to the speeches and watched the demonstrations. The convention was also pleased to welcome several Germans, who had flown over especially for the convention. Registration was on the 17th of September. Following registration, the guests could look over and/or make purchases from the present selection of Hummel figurines and other licensed Hummel products, which were displayed in a large room nearby.

Friday was the day for seminars and demonstrations:
- The accomplished artist from the Hummel Manufaktur Annette Barth showed how Hummel figurines are modeled and shaped.
- The oldest brewery in the USA „Yuengling & Sons“ sent the master brewer Keven Sibbelt, who organized a beer-tasting stand
- King Werke invited the guests to join the master artist Julia Apel in painting beer mugs
- Fenton Art Glass had a showing of their bracelets (jewelry with Hummel motives)
- The executive head of the Sheraton Hotel demonstrated to the participants how „pretzels" are made. The club members were able to make their own pretzels and the prize for the best pretzel was awarded that evening.

The two directors of the Newboden firm, the Hummel distribution partner for North America, opened the convention on Saturday. Ken LeFevre and Charles Harley reported on the development of the American market and about the recent fusion of the Hummel Manufaktur in Roedental, the Ars AG in Switzerland as the 2D license holder, the convent in Siessen and the Hummel family as the licensors . The participants were very enthusiastic about this development, as all of the Hummel products will now be under the same trademark. The next speakers were Siegrid Straehler and Peter Fiechter from the Ars AG, who spoke about the 2D licensing. After lunch Veronika and Alfred Hummel gave a presentation on the life of the Hummel family and their aunt’s art work. They also talked about the Berta Hummel Museum in the Hummel Family Home in Massing. The last presentation of the day was by Sr. Emanuela Tieze from the convent in Siessen. She spoke about the life of a Fransiscan nun. The convention ended with a gala dinner in the ballroom. There were a lot of happy faces among the guests. Several guests had won Hummel figurines during the drawing. But another reason was that donations and a portion of the sales in the shops went toward a children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. The check was for the amazing sum of over 20,000 dollars. As soon as pictures from the convention are available, they will be forwarded to you all.

Alfred Hummel / 28.09.2015 / eMail

NEW!!! Hummelmuseums-App for iPhones

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The Hummel-Museums-App is now available at the Apple-App-Store.

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On the Apple-Store the App is available shortly.

Alfred Hummel / 06.08.2015 / eMail

Hummelmuseums-App for Android

Always top informed.
The Hummel-Museums-App is now available at the Google Play Store.

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On the Apple-Store the App is available shortly.

Alfred Hummel / 30.07.2015 / eMail

Opening of the Exhibition

The Consul General of the United States of American William E. Moeller opened the exhibition “From Pictures to Figurines - Hummel figurines are 80 years old“ on Friday 13, 2015 in the Berta Hummel Museum in the Hummel family home in Massing. Nearly 100 invited guests listened intently as the Museum Director Alfred Hummel greeted the guests and explained the background to the exhibition. He greeted the guests of honor, Consul General Moeller, MdB Stephan Mayer and Mr Peter-Paul Schmidt-Fischer from the Hummel Manufacture with his wife Marissa. Mr Hummel explained the organization of the rooms beginning with the religious motives and the complete collection of the Hummel „Christ child“ figurines. The other rooms show the original Hummel paintings exhibited with the corresponding Hummel figurines. A glass showcase exhibits some real „jewels“ - figurines that never made it to the production lines or that appeared on the market in somewhat different colors or with minor changes. Following Mr Hummel’s introduction, the Consul General opened the exhibition with a witty speech. He was accompanied by his wife, Nancy, who is an enthusiastic collector of Hummel figurines. Many people had imagined the Consul General to be much different. But let it be said that he made a very favorable impression on the guests. He presented a positive picture of America. Veronika and Alfred Hummel were pleasantly surprised to learn how much he and his wife knew about Hummel art. The reason became clear when he told about two different visits they had made to the Hummel Manufaktur in Roedental. The conversations were so lively, that the guests forgot to look at their watches. The Consul General and his wife didn’t leave Massing until much later than originally planned.

Alfred Hummel / 26.03.2015 / eMail

Honoré Daumier’s art is now a permanent guest in the Berta Hummel Museum

84 pages presented to the town by the collector Walter Kames

Massing. Last week the Berta Hummel Museum in Massing had a surprise visit - a very pleasant one that museums seldom have the chance to enjoy. Walter and Brigitte Kames from Munich and the mayor of Massing arrived to make a wonderful gift to the Hummel family home. Walter Kames is one of the most well-known collectors of the graphic arts of the Frenchman Honoré Daumier. He made a gift of more than 4,000 pages to the Olaf Gulbransson Museum in Tegernsee. However after some time the family felt that the Daumier graphic art was distracting from the work of Olaf and decided to no longer keep the pictures in Tegernsee. Walter Kames’s wish is that the unique collection of graphic art should remain available to the public. He is not only a great collector and patron of the Daumier works, but also a collector of work by other artists and also of old security papers.
In 2012 the Berta Hummel Museum displayed over 50 pages from the museum in Tegernsee during the exhibition „City and Country: Honoré Daumier/Berta Hummel“. During that time the first contacts between the Kames and Alfred Hummel took place. In 2013 they presented the city of Massing with 14 graphic pages, followed by another 20 lithographs in 2014. In the meantime the Graphic Collection in Munich realized that they were in possession of two identical copies of a book with 50 colored lithographs by Daumier. And so Mr and Mrs Kames presented the wonderful book with the 50 fantastic caricatures to the town of Massing. And Massing then permanently loaned the book and the other 34 pages to the Berta Hummel Museum. These works of art can be stored appropriately in the museum. When there is an exhibition with a suitable theme, they can then be presented to the public. It is a great pleasure to have such a famous artist like Daumier (1808 to 1879) as a permanent visitor in Massing.

Alfred Hummel / 15.09.2014 / eMail

M.I.Hummel Zeitgeist

M.I. Hummel Zeitgeist is a new interpretation of the classic Hummel-Figurine. By renouncing the painting, the focal point is on the essence of the figurine - its shape. Thereby, main characteristics remain but the different design sets the figurine in a complete new light. Structure instead of ornament. The creative driving force behind the Zeitgeist range are the siblings Veronika and Maximilian Hummel, descendants of Berta Hummel, creator of the world-famous M.I. Hummel-Figurines. With their motto ‘less is more’ the Hummel siblings link arts and crafts tradition with the present. The metamorphosis of a classic to modern sculpture. M.I. Hummel Zeitgeist is being produced by the Manufaktur Rödental in Germany. The high-quality porcelain figurines are made by hand in a complex manufacturing process during which they are molded, cast and go through the process of firing several times.

Alfred Hummel / 12.03.2014 / eMail

Events at the Open-Air Museum Massing

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Alfred Hummel / 12.03.2014 / eMail