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Museum Guide for Berlin

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Berlin is one of the top cultural hotspots in Europe. Thanks to having once been the capital of a kingdom and several empires - as well as its stint as two different cities - the German capital has been enriched by multiple cultures of centuries gone by. 175 museums await to be explored by the culture lover, and while it's impossible to see them all in a single visit, the following list of absolute must-sees will get you off to a good start.

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

10 Places

6 City Tips

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10 Places

Museum Island

Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks

German Historical Museum

Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Speciality Museums

German Museum of Technology Berlin (Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin)

Science Museums

Jewish Museum Berlin

Speciality Museums, History Museums

Stasi Museum

Speciality Museums

Museum Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt

Speciality Museums

Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum fuer Film und Fernsehen

Speciality Museums

Museum for Communication

Speciality Museums

Museum fur Naturkunde (Natural History Museum)

Natural History Museums, Science Museums

The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Monuments & Statues, Educational sites

Arja J's City Tips

  • For a combined museum discounts and a public transport pass, get the WelcomeCard or CityTourCard. Decide which museums you want to visit, and see which card aligns with them.
  • When on escalators, stand on the right, walk on the left.
  • Board buses through the front door and show your ticket.
  • Very important: Stamp your tickets before getting on the train, bus or tram, otherwise they are not valid. And yes, they check the tickets from time to time!
  • Public transport tickets are valid for trains, buses and trams. Zones AB get you around the city, and ABC also take you to Potsdam, Oranienburg, and Sachsenhausen camp.
  • It is customary to tip 10% in restaurants and bars. Instead of leaving money on table, tell your server how much change you need when paying.
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    Museum Island
    Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Arja J Says:

    The biggest connected museum complex built in the 19th century, Museum Island houses some of the finest art collections in Berlin - although not many are related to Berlin itself. In the Old Museum, you can find the Etruscan and Roman collections; in the New Museum, the Egyptian collection; in the Pergamon Museum, the altar of Pergamon and the gates of Babylon; sculptures in the Bode Museum, and a fabulous collection of paintings in the Old National Gallery. In the latter particularly, look out for the brilliant portraits of Frederick the Great by Adolf von Menzel, as well as paintings by Eduard Gärtner, which will give you a great impression of Berlin during the 19th century.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The Old National Gallery and the Bode Museum are closed on Mondays.
    • For the New Museum and the Pergamon Museum, you have to get a time slot ticket - reserve online and print out to skip the queue. (This is additional to the entrance ticket.)
    • The Pergamon Museum is closed 2014-2019.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 995 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • 5 museums 24/06/2018
    • Review of museum island 22/06/2018
    • Museum Island
    Address:
    Breite Street
    13089 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 266424242
    Hours:
    Tue - Wed
    10:00 - 18:00
    Thu
    10:00 - 20:00
    Fri - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    German Historical Museum
    Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Speciality Museums
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    Arja J Says:

    The German Historical Museum is the best museum for anyone wanting to delve into German history. The building itself is spectacular - being the oldest on the Unter den Linden street, and the former armory of the Royal Palace. Look out for the golden face of King Frederick I above the door, and all the military references found in the decoration of the building. During the time of the Third Reich, the building was used for an exhibition about the role of Germany in World War I, and every year on commemoration day, Adolf Hitler held a speech in the glass-covered courtyard right behind the ticket counter. The museum takes you through the entire turbulent history of Germany, through a mix of documents, clothes, letters, maps and artefacts. It is also worth checking out the special exhibitions, which always focus on current events and anniversaries.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • 25% off with the WelcomeCard.
    • Queues are usually short.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 995 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Too Much Information for a Short Visit 18/06/2018
    • Huge and well-curated musuem 17/06/2018
    • German Historical Museum
    Address:
    Unter den Linden 2
    10117 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 203040
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    German Museum of Technology Berlin (Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin)
    Science Museums
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    Arja J Says:

    The Museum of Technology is great for everyone, particularly kids who like to touch as well as to look at things. The museum looks immediately intriguing from the outside, with a huge airplane perched atop its roof. Once an ice factory, the massive building is full of things to explore, from the best of technological history and achievements in film and communication, to scientific instruments, textiles and paper production. In huge halls, you'll find planes, ships, and one of the world's largest railway collections. Always wanted to know how the Emperor travelled? Have a look at his wagon!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Behind the museum is a park with an old windmill. This park was once a part of a railroad yard, and you can still find old rails amongst the trees and bushes.
    • The museum is closed on Mondays.
    • Families with kids get great discounts, so look out for the special prices for up to three kids under 15.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 995 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • So thorough - something for everyone. 20/06/2018
    • Fantastic museum! 19/06/2018
    • German Museum of Technology Berlin (Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin)
    Address:
    Trebbiner Str. 9
    10963 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 4930 902540
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    09:00 - 17:30
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Jewish Museum Berlin
    Speciality Museums, History Museums
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    Arja J Says:

    The Jewish museum is a must-see in Berlin, and not only because it is the biggest Jewish museum in Europe. The magnificent building was designed by architect Daniel Liebeskind, and I highly recommend taking a walk around the exterior before visiting to get a good first impression of what awaits inside - architecture and exhibits work hand in hand in this museum! You will be taken on an intriguing journey through Jewish history, starting from the very beginning in a beautiful warm and brightly lit room. Then, slowly, as the oppression of the Jewish people becomes more frequent and brutal throughout the centuries - finally accumulating in the horrors of the holocaust - the building, the lights, and the temperature around you begin to change. It is a very powerful experience.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • On Monday, the museum is open until 10pm.
    • You will have to go through security before going into the museum, so don't bring any suspicious items along.
    • Enjoy coffee and delicious cake in the courtyard café after the exhibition.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #91 of 995 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • It's not paintings on a wall with explanations. It's an EXPERIENCE. 23/06/2018
    • One of the best museums I have ever been to 20/06/2018
    • Jewish Museum Berlin
    Address:
    Lindenstrasse 9-14
    10969 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 25993300
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    Stasi Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Arja J Says:

    Housed in a part of its own former headquarters, the Stasi Museum tells the history of Staatssicherheit (state security), the secret service of Communist Eastern Germany. House 1, where the museum is located, was the secret seat and office of the head of the Stasi, Erich Mielke, and appeared as an anonymous white spot on the maps of Berlin. Stepping inside is like stepping into another century - the whole building is completely preserved, and you can walk through the conference rooms, offices and hallways of the people who terrorized a whole country with their espionage as though they were still in operation. The exhibition itself is lacking in content, but the atmosphere more than makes up for this.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • There is nowhere to get food at the museum, so either take something along or eat before going there.
    • Visit the Stasi exhibition at Zimmerstrasse, close to Checkpoint Charlie - it's free and offers detailed stories of how the work of the Stasi affected the lives of locals.
    • The museum is a short train ride out of the inner city. Take the U5 towards Hönow, and get off at Magdalenenstrasse. Exit at the back of the train and take the right station exit.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #72 of 995 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Cold War Technology and Period Furnishings 18/06/2018
    • Stasi Museum 18/06/2018
    • Stasi Museum
    Address:
    Ruschestrasse 103
    House 1
    10365 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 5536854
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 - 18:00
    Sat - Sun
    12:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Museum Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt
    Speciality Museums
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    Arja J Says:

    Otto Weidt´s workshop of the blind is one of the gems among Berlin´s museums, being one of the very few places to remain in its original location. In the backyard of Rosenthaler Strasse 39, Otto Weidt produced brushes during Third Reich times, employing mainly blind Jewish people to work with him. Through this work, he tried to save them from deportation - which sometimes worked and sometimes didn´t. The stories of his workers can be found in the rooms of the museum, along with information about Otto Weidt himself. In the final room, you will see a wardrobe standing against the wall - not an actual piece of furniture, but a facade which once concealed an entrance to a room where people hid when his workshop was raided.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Entrance to the museum is free of charge.
    • To the left of the entrance is a lift for those that cannot climb stairs.
    • They might ask you leave big backpacks at the front desk.
    • Look out for the stumbling stones in the pavement outside - they commemorate deported Jewish Berliners.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 995 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth a visit if you have time! 19/06/2018
    • Impressed ! 31/05/2018
    • Museum Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt
    Address:
    Rosenthaler Str. 39
    10178 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 28599407
    Other:
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    Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum fuer Film und Fernsehen
    Speciality Museums
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    Arja J Says:

    Berlin is one of the greatest film cities in Europe, and in the Museum for Film you can delve into the glamorous world of the stars from the most famous movies produced here or starring the city. Metropolis, One two three, The Blue Angel, Goodbye Lenin - you'll find them all here. There're also rooms dedicated entirely to the film costumes and dresses of Marlene Dietrich, the props from Metropolis, corridors made of mirrors, and Berlin's movie history - from silent movies, through the roaring Twenties and Third Reich times, to East and West movies and the modern day. If you are a film enthusiast of any kind, don't miss this unique movie experience!

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • If you are scared of heights, please be aware that you can only get to the museum via a glass lift and will walk sometimes over gridded ground from which you can see 6 floors down.
    • The museum is closed on Mondays.
    • Discounts apply with WelcomeCard and CityTourCard.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #70 of 995 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A real gem 09/06/2018
    • Could Mirrored Museum for German Film 03/06/2018
    • Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum fuer Film und Fernsehen
    Address:
    Potsdamer Str. 2
    10785 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 3009030
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$8
    Hours:
    Wed
    10:00 - 18:00
    Thu
    10:00 - 20:00
    Fri - Mon
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Museum for Communication
    Speciality Museums
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    Arja J Says:

    Have you ever had a football match with a robot? If not, the Museum for Communication lets you do exactly this in its glass-covered courtyard. But of course, there is a lot more to discover and do yourself here - send each other tube mails, see what happens when you press buttons at different installations, and gaze upon a post wagon broken down into little pieces. Down in the basement of this impressive building, you can see one of the most valuable stamps in the world, while upstairs you can explore an original enigma machine. The museum also has fantastic temporary exhibitions, so keep a lookout for these during your visit.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The museum is closed on Mondays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #201 of 995 things to do in Berlin
    • MUST SEE in Berlin 18/05/2018
    • Passing by and popped in 24/04/2018
    • Museum for Communication
    Address:
    Leipziger Str. 16
    10117 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 4930 20294100
    Hours:
    Tue
    09:00 - 20:00
    Wed - Fri
    09:00 - 17:00
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Museum fur Naturkunde (Natural History Museum)
    Natural History Museums, Science Museums
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    Arja J Says:

    For all nature and animal lovers, the Natural History museum is the number one place to be in Berlin. Families with kids will particularly enjoy this museum - start in its first big hall which features huge dinosaur skeletons and great video installations showing how each dinosaur looked, walked, and ate. After that, there's plenty more to see, including a gigantic collection of gems and diamonds, the fossil department, stuffed animals and preserved fish.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The museum is closed on Mondays.
    • Check out details of the special workshops for kids on their website.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 995 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Natural historical museum 18/06/2018
    • I was surprides how interesting it was 08/06/2018
    • Museum fur Naturkunde (Natural History Museum)
    Address:
    Invalidenstr. 43
    10115 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 8891408591
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$10
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    09:30 - 18:00
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
    Monuments & Statues, Educational sites
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    Arja J Says:

    The Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe was finished in 2005, and since then both it and the museum underneath it have become must-sees whilst in Berlin. What makes this holocaust museum so impressive is that the exhibition not only focuses on the big picture of six million murdered people, but also manages to show that every single one of these six million was an individual person with a story behind him or her - you can read the stories of individual families and find out what happened to every single member, including the stories of their lives in the cases where they survived. One room displays notes found along the train tracks leading into the extermination camps, which people on the trains threw out - a very powerful experience!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Entrance is free.
    • Queues can be long, as every visitor has to go through security, but it is worth the wait.
    • On Mondays, the museum is closed.
    • The entrance to the museum is on the side of the memorial, where the restaurants are.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 995 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Moving visit 24/06/2018
    • Beautiful memorial 24/06/2018
    • The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
    Address:
    Near the Brandenburg Gate
    Information Center: Cora-Berliner-Straße 1
    10117 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 2639430
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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