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Museums in Berlin- Discover History in Germany´s Capital
Berlin is large, colorful and diverse, and of course has plenty of museums to offer. With five fantastic museums located on Berlin’s Museum Island alone, it’s fair to say that this amazing capital has a wealth of interesting, interactive and educational museums for you to check out.
1. Neues Museum
The Neues Museum was largely destroyed during the war and first reopened in 2009, no poorer after its renovation by renowned architect David Chipperfield. Two worlds collide in an impressive way; the almost morbid remnants of the old building are combined with sleek, modern architecture. Visitors can look forward to over 8,000 exhibits, mainly focusing on prehistoric and early cultures in Eurasia, from the stone age to the high middle ages. The highlight, of course, is the bust of Nefertiti, which Egypt still demands to be returned. A beautiful photo gallery can be seen here.
Address: Bodestrasse 1-3, 10178 Berlin
Directions: S-Bahn station Hackescher Markt
Opening times: Mon-Sun (10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thu until 8 p.m.)
Homepage: Neues Museum
2. “Zimmermeister Brunzel baut ein Mietshaus”
At the heart of Prenzlauer Berg, close to Helmholtzplatz, you can find the residential museum “Zimmermeister Brunzel baut ein Mietshaus”. It transports visitors more than 100 years back in time. In this northern area of Berlin, the “Wilhelminian” style developments began in 1895, and fortunately, the area survived the Second World War with hardly any damage. In this Wilhelminian era flat, you will find an old kitchen with a coal oven, a “refrigerator” below the window, and other household items from the period. You continue to the cold splendour of the living room, which was only heated on special occasions.
There is also a small bedroom, although this was considered a luxury at the time. Everyday life mainly took place in the kitchen due to the warmth from the oven. The museum is run by volunteers from a neighborhood association and is a great insider tip for locals and tourists alike. A must see on your tour of museums in Berlin.
Address: Dunckerstrasse 77, 10437 Berlin
Directions: S-Bahn station Schönhauser Allee
Opening times: daily (except Wed) 11 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.
Homepage: Ausstellung in der Dunckerstr
3. Jewish Museum
Museums in Berlin are not complete without this one. The exterior of the building is itself a masterpiece (designed by Daniel Liebeskind). The entrance is located in an old Wilhelminian era house next door. Visitors pass through a security check and then take a short walk underground to the main building. Across several floors, you can get a varied impression of Jewish history, of course with a focus on the Holocaust. A small, beautiful garden and the Café Schmus round off a visit to this popular attraction.
Address: Lindenstrasse 9-14, 10969 Berlin
Directions: U-Bahn station Hallesches Tor
Opening times: Mon-Sun 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., (Thu until 10 p.m.)
Homepage: Jewish Museum
More of a photography gallery than a traditional museum, the Martin-Gropius-Bau was formerly a museum for arts and crafts. Housed in a beautiful, Italian classicist building, there is a changing roster of many different photo exhibitions that are worth a visit. Up to 3 or 4 exhibitions run concurrently across the different floors.
Address: Niederkirchnerstrasse 7, 10963 Berlin
Directions: S-Bahn station Potsdamer Platz / Anhalter Bahnhof
Opening times: Mon-Sun (except Tue) 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
5. Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin
This museum of technology is not just for tech nerds. Cars, railways, aeroplanes, ships and photographic technology are represented in this large museum. The vehicles section alone exhibits more than 200 cars/lorries, 250 motorbikes and over 300 bicycles. The locomotive section features some old steam locomotives. There is a lot to interact with, which will delight young and old alike.
Address: Trebbiner Str. 9, 10963 Berlin
Directions: U-Bahn station Gleisdreieck
Opening times: Tue-Fri: 9.30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat-Sun: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; closed Mondays
Homepage: Technology Museum
If that’s still not enough for you, then you will probably enjoy the following museums:
– Museum für Kommunikation (Museum of Communications, from the telephone to postage stamps, right up to computers)
– Museum für Naturkunde (Natural History Museum with large dinosaur skeletons)
– Bauhaus Archiv (for lovers of design)
– Museum der Dinge (Museum of Things, a small but sweet museum for everyday items)
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