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Berlin is a cultural hub and a must for those looking to splendid museums. With over 170 alternatives to offer -a number that grows every year- you will surely find several enjoyable museums in this city. Want to know more? Every Thursday evening all state owned museums are open until late at night and let visitors get in for free!

Here are some recommendations:

Jewish Museum

Designed by Daniel Libeskind, the Jüdische Museum Berlin is a monument to German-Jewish history. Its permanent exhibition goes from the Middle Ages to the present, with an emphasis on the Holocaust. The Jewish Museum’s architecture and its twisted zig-zag shape (with spaces like the Stair of Continuity), the Garden of Exile and the Holocaust Void are the main attractions.

Address: Jüdisches Museum
Lindenstraße 9-14
10969  Berlin
Phone:    030 25 99 33 00
Opening Hours: daily 10-20, Mon 10-22
closed: 9/30+10/1, 10/9, 12/24
Admission Fee: 5,- Euro, reduced 2,50 Euro
Guided Tours: Guided tours by arrangement (phone: 030 25 99 33 05)
Architect: Daniel Libeskind
Style:    deconstructivism
Public Transport:
Underground:
U Hallesches Tor: U1, U6
Bus:
Franz-Klühs-Str.: 248
Jüdisches Museum: 248
Waldeckpark: 248

Martin-Gropius-Bau

A Renaissance building from 1881, the Martin-Gropious-Bau owes its name to its designer, the great uncle of the founder of the Bauhaus movement, Walter Gropius. Originally an arts and crafts museum, it is now home to temporary international exhibitions. 

Address: Martin-Gropius-Bau
Niederkirchnerstraße 7/ Ecke Stresemannstr. 110
10963  Berlin
Phone:    030 25 48 60
Opening Hours:    Wed-Mon 10-20
Admission Fee:    depends on exhibition
Public Transport:
Train station:
S Anhalter Bahnhof: S1, S2, S25
S+U Potsdamer Platz Bhf: S1, S2, S25
Underground:
S+U Potsdamer Platz Bhf: U2
U Mendelssohn-Bartholdy-Park: U2
Bus:
Leipziger Str./Wilhelmstr.: 347

Altes Museum

The Altes Museum -Old Museum- is the eldest in Berlin. Built in 1830 on the Museum Island by architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel, it hosts Roman and Greek classical art and antiques.

Address: Altes Museum
Am Lustgarten 1
10178  Berlin
Phone:    030 20 90 55 77
Opening Hours:    Mon-Sun 10-18, Thu 10-22
Admission Fee:    8,- Euro, red. 4,- Euro
Guided Tours:    Guided tours by arrangement (phone: 030 2 66 36 66)
Public Transport:
Train station:
S Hackescher Markt: S5, S7, S75, S9
Bus:
Lustgarten: 100, 200
Spandauer Str./Marienkirche: TXL

Bode Museum

A 1904 Baroque construction, the Bode Museum was intended to host European Renaissance art collections. Reopened in 2006, it brought together the Museum of Byzantine Art with a sculpture collection, a coin cabinet and works from the Gemäldegalerie.

Address: Bode-Museum
Monbijoustr. 3
10117  Berlin 
Phone:    030/ 266 3666
Opening Hours:    Mon-Sun 10-18, Thu 10-22
Admission Fee:    8,- Euro, red. 4,- Euro
Guided Tours:    Guided tours by arrangement (phone: 030 2 66 36 66)
Public Transport:
Train station:
S Oranienburger Str.: S1, S2, S25
S+U Friedrichstr. Bhf: S1, S2, S25, S5, S7, S75, S9
Underground:
U Oranienburger Tor: U6
S+U Friedrichstr. Bhf: U6

Deutsche Guggenheim

Located on the ground floor of the Deutsche Bank, the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin, like its New York’s counterpart, hosts three to four international contemporary and modern art exhibitions annually.

Address: Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin
Unter den Linden 13-15
10117  Berlin
Phone:    030 2 02 09 30
Öffnungszeiten:    daily 10-20, Thu 10-22
Admission Fee:    4,- Euro, red.,- Euro, Mon: Admission free
Führungen:    daily at 6pm
Public Transport:
Train station:
S+U Friedrichstr. Bhf: S1, S2, S25, S5, S7, S75, S9
Underground:
U Französische Str.: U6
S+U Friedrichstr. Bhf: U6
U Hausvogteiplatz: U2
Bus:
Unter den Linden/Friedrichstr.: TXL
U Französische Str.: 147
Staatsoper: TXL
S+U Friedrichstr. Bhf: 147, EV
Werderscher Markt: 147
Tram:
Universitätsstr.: 12
Am Kupfergraben: 12
S+U Friedrichstr. Bhf: 12
Georgenstr./Am Kupfergraben: 12

Pergamon Museum

Worldwide famous for its archeological holdings (the Altar of Zeus from Pergamon, the Roman Gate from Milet and the Processional Avenue and Gate of Ishtar from Babylon), the Pergamon Museum is actually three museums in one: the Collection of Classical Antiquities, the Museum of Islamic Art from the 8th to 19th century and the Museum of the Ancient Near East.

Address: Pergamonmuseum
Am Kupfergraben 5
10178  Berlin
Phone:    030 20 90 55 77
Opening Hours:    daily 10-18, Thu 10-22
Admission Fee:    8,- Euro, red. 4,- Euro
Guided Tours:    Guided tours by arrangement (phone: 030 2 66 36 66)
Public Transport:
Train station:
S+U Friedrichstr. Bhf: S1, S2, S25, S5, S7, S75, S9
Underground:
S+U Friedrichstr. Bhf: U6
Tram:
Georgenstr./Am Kupfergraben: 12
Am Kupfergraben: 12
Universitätsstr.: 12

Museum Island

UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999, Berlin’s Museumsinsel -Museum Island- is the name given to the northern half of the Spreeinsel. Located on the Spree River, in the city center, the Museum Island is home to five internationally renowned museums:

•    The Altes Museum
•    The Neues Museum
•    The Alte Nationalgalerie
•    The Bodemuseum
•    The Pergamonmuseum

Zeughaus / Deutsches Historisches Museum

The oldest structure on Unter den Linden, the Zeughaus was built in 1695-1730 as an artillery arsenal. Since 1952 it houses the Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum). In 2006 it reopened with a permanent exhibition on "German History in Images and Testimonials". Special exhibitions take place in the Pei-Building behind the Zeughhaus.

Address: Deutsches Historisches Museum
Unter den Linden 2
10117  Berlin
Phone:    030 20 30 44 44
Opening Hours:    Mon-Sun 10-18
Admission Fee:    5,- Euro, Persons under 18: Admission free
Guided Tours:    by appointment
Public Transport:
Underground:
U Hausvogteiplatz: U2
U Französische Str.: U6
Bus:
Staatsoper: TXL
Werderscher Markt: 147
Lustgarten: 100, 200
Tram:
Am Kupfergraben: 12
Georgenstr./Am Kupfergraben: 12

Museum für Naturkunde

A must for a family visit, the Museum für Naturkunde is Berlin’s Natural History Museum, one of the most significant in worldwide natural sciences. Its star resident is a 12m tall skeleton of a brachiosaurus.

Address:
Invalidenstraße 43
10115 Berlin Mitte
Opening hours:
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:30 to 17 h
Sat, Sun 10 to 18 h
Admission:
5.00 euros for Adults
3.00 euros for Unemployed, Pupils, Students, In civilian duty, In military duty, Handicapped
Family ticket: 10.00 euros. Family ticket: 2 adults and up to 3 children
Family ticket: 6.00 euros. Mini-Family-Ticket: 1 adult and up to 2 children
6.00 euros Special entrance fee during the Darwin exhibition (12.02.-03.01.2010)
3.50 euros for Pupils, Students, Unemployed, Welfare recipients Special entrance fee during the Darwin exhibition (12.02.-03.01.2010)
free for Children
8.00 euros for Adults Darwinticket: includes the entrance to the Museum of Natural History, Botanic Garden and Botanic Museum
4.00 euros for Pupils, Handicapped, Students, Welfare recipients Darwinticket: includes the entrance to the Museum of Natural History, the Botanic Garden and the Botanic Museum

Museum of Asian Art

In 2006, the Museum of East Asian Art (Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst) and the Museum for Indian Art (Museum für Indische Kunst) merged into this Museum of Asian Art (Museum für Asiatische Kunst) in the Dahlem museum complex. Its 400 exhibits present works from IV BC to nowadays.

Address: Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Lansstraße 8
14195  Berlin 
Phone:    030 83 01 43 8
Opening Hours:    Tue-Fri 10-18, Sat-Sun 11-18
Admission Fee:    6,- Euro, red. 3,- Euro
Guided Tours:    Guided tours by arrangement (phone: 030 2 66 36 66)
Public Transport:
Underground:
U Dahlem-Dorf: U3
Bus:
U Dahlem-Dorf: X11, X83
Museen Dahlem: X83

Checkpoint Charlie Museum

The Mauermuseum Haus was founded in 1962 right next to Checkpoint Charlie wall crossing. Stories and objects used in escape attempts from East to West Berlin are the main attraction of the Checkpoint Charlie Museum.

Address: Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, Mauermuseum
Friedrichstr. 43-45
10969  Berlin
Phone:    030 2 53 72 50
Opening Hours:    Mon-Sun 9-22
Admission Fee:    12,50 Euro, red. 7,50 Euro
Guided Tours:    by appointment
Public Transport:
Underground:
U Kochstr./Checkpoint Charlie: U6
U Stadtmitte/Leipziger Str.: U6
Bus:
U Stadtmitte/Leipziger Str.: 347
Jerusalemer Str.: 347

Ephraim-Palais

A reconstructed rococo palace from 1762, Nikolaiviertel’s Ephraim-Palais has temporary exhibitions of Berlin’s cultural, political and artistic history. It also contains prints from the Stadt Museum -City Museum-. The ballroom’s stairway and Schlüter ceiling are not to be missed.

Address: Museum Ephraim-Palais
Poststr. 16
10178  Berlin
Phone:    030 24 00 21 62
Opening Hours:    Tue-Sun 10-18, Wed 12-20
Admission Fee:    5,- Euro, red. 3,- Euro. Wed. free.
Public Transport:
Underground:
U Klosterstr.: U2
U Märkisches Museum: U2
U Märkisches Museum/Inselstr.: U2
Bus:
Nikolaiviertel: 248
Berliner Rathaus: 248
Neumannsgasse: 147
Fischerinsel: 147, 248, 347
Spandauer Str./Marienkirche: TXL

Kupferstichkabinett

Berlin’s Museum of Prints and Drawings, the Kupferstichkabinett has one of the world’s best graphic collections: some 80,000 hand drawings and 520,000 printed graphic sheets from the last 1,000 years of art history.

Address: Kupferstichkabinett
Matthäikirchplatz 8
10785  Berlin
Phone:    030 266 29 51
Opening Hours:    Exhibition: Tue-Fri 10-18, Sat-Sun 11-18
Admission Fee:    8,- Euro, red. 4,- Euro
Guided Tours:    Guided tours by arrangement (phone: 030 2 66 36 66)
Public Transport:
Bus:
Philharmonie: 200, 347

European Cultures

Part of the Dahlem museum complex, the museum of European Cultures -Museum Europäischer Kulturen- was created in 1999 merging European collections from the Folklore and Ethnological museums. Its permanent exhibition holds over 270,000 objects from the 18th century to present days.

Address: Museum Europäischer Kulturen
Arnimallee 25
14195  Berlin
Phone:    030 83 90 12 87
Opening Hours:    Tue-Fri 10-18, Sat-Sun 11-18
Admission Fee:    6,- Euro, red. 3,- Euro
Guided Tours:    Guided tours by arrangement (phone: 030 2 66 36 66)
Public Transport:
Underground:
U Dahlem-Dorf: U3
Bus:
Museen Dahlem: X83
U Dahlem-Dorf: X11, X83
Limonenstr.: 101
Arnimallee: X83

Museum of Photography

The Museum für Fotografie - Helmut Newton Stiftung shows different exhibitions on the life and work of Helmut Newton, a renowned portrait and fashion photographer in the XX century. The Kaisersaal -emperor’s hall- of the museum displays works from other artists.

Address:
Jebensstraße 2
10623 Berlin Charlottenburg
mf@smb.spk-berlin.de
www.smb.museum/mf/
Opening hours: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Whitsunday, Whitmonday, German Unification Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day 10 to 18 h
Thu, Ascension Day 10 to 22 h
Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve . closed
New Year's Day 12 to 18 h

Admission: 8.00 euro for Adults Valid for museums of the museum's district Charlottenburg
4.00 euro for Unemployed, Pupils, Students, In military duty, Handicapped, In civilian duty Valid for museums of the museum's district Charlottenburg
free for Children up to 16 years; every Thursday four hours before the closing of the museum

Hamburger Bahnhof

Berlin’s Museum for Contemporary Art, The Hamburger Banhof Museum für Gegenwart is part of the Nationalgalerie. It has three permanent collections -Erich Marx, Frederick Christian Flick, and Marzona- with works from the 1950s to present, including some by Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg, Anselm Kiefer, Joseph Beuys, Duane Hanson, Paul McCarthy, Francis Picabia, Bruce Naumann, Jeff Koons, Martin Kippenberger and Pipilotti Rist.

Address: Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart
Invalidenstraße 50/51
10557  Berlin
Phone:    030 39 78 34 39
Opening Hours:    Tue-Fri 10-18, Sat 11-20, Sun 11-18
Admission Fee:    12,- Euro, red. 8,- Euro
Guided Tours:    Guided tours by arrangement (phone: 030 2 66 36 66)
Public Transport:
Train station:
S Berlin Hauptbahnhof: S5, S7, S75, S9
Bus:
Invalidenpark: 120, 123, 147, 240, 245
Scharnhorststr./Habersaathstr.: 120
Robert-Koch-Platz: 123, 240
Charité - Campus Mitte: 147

Museum für Kommunikation

Founded in 1872 as a postal museum, the Museum für Kommunikation (Museum of Communications) has an interactive approach to tell the history of all forms of communication on its permanent and temporary exhibitions. Ideal for kids!

Address: Museum für Kommunikation Berlin
Leipziger Straße 16
10117  Berlin
Phone:    030 20 29 40
Opening Hours:    Tue-Fri 9-17, Sat-Sun and public holidays 11-19
Admission Fee:    3,- Euro, red. 1,50 Euro. Under 15-years-old free.
Guided Tours:    Guided tours by arrangement (phone: 030/ 202 94 204)
Public Transport:
Underground:
U Stadtmitte/Leipziger Str.: U6
U Mohrenstr.: U2
U Stadtmitte: U2, U6
U Kochstr./Checkpoint Charlie: U6
Bus:
U Stadtmitte/Leipziger Str.: 347
Leipziger Str./Wilhelmstr.: 347
U Mohrenstr.: 200

Technikmuseum

The Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin or Science Center Spectrum is Berlin’s German Museum of Technology. Its 25,000 square meters exhibition space has 14 sections displaying developments in communications, energy and transport technologies.

Address: Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin mit Science Center Spectrum
Trebbiner Straße 9
10963  Berlin 
Phone:    030 90 25 40
Opening Hours:    Tue-Fri 9-17.30; Sat, Sun und public holidays 10-18
Admission Fee:    4,50 Euro, red. 2,50 Euro
Public Transport:
Train station:
S+U Yorckstr. S2 S25 U7: S2, S25
S Anhalter Bahnhof: S1, S2, S25
S+U Yorckstr. S1 U7: S1
Underground:
U Gleisdreieck: U1, U2
U Möckernbrücke: U1, U7
U Mendelssohn-Bartholdy-Park: U2
S Yorckstr. S2 S25: U7
S+U Yorckstr. S2 S25 U7: U7
U Kurfürstenstr.: U1
U Bülowstr.: U2
S+U Yorckstr.: U7
S+U Yorckstr. S1 U7: U7
S Yorckstr. S1: U7
Bus:Obentrautstr.: 248

Ethnological Museum of Berlin

One of the Dahlem Museums, the 1973’s Museum of Ethnology -Ethnologisches Museum- displays a permanent collection of 500,000 archeological, ethnographic and art works from the Americas, East and South-East Asia, Africa, Australia and the Pacific.

Address: Ethnologisches Museum
Arnimallee 27
14195  Berlin
Phone:    030 83 01 43 8
Opening Hours:    Tue-Fri 10-18, Sat-Sun 11-18
Admission Fee:    6,- Euro, red. 3,- Euro
Guided Tours:    Guided tours by arrangement (phone: 030 2 66 36 66)
Public Transport:
Underground:
U Dahlem-Dorf: U3
Bus:
U Dahlem-Dorf: X11, X83
Museen Dahlem: X83
Limonenstr.: 101
Arnimallee: X83

Musikinstrumenten-Museum

The Museum of Musical Instruments (Musikinstrumenten-Museum) has over 800 instruments on display, including Bach’s harpsichord, Benjamin Franklin’s glass harmonica and the Mighty Wurlitzer organ, largest of its kind in Europe – offering live performances.

Address: Musikinstrumenten-Museum
Tiergartenstr. 1, (Eingang Ben-Gurion-Straße)
10785  Berlin
Phone:    030 25 48 11 78
Opening Hours:    Tue, Wed and Fri 9-17, Thu 9-22, Sat-Sun 10-17
Admission Fee:    4,- EUR, red. 2,¬ EUR
Public Transport:
Train station:
S+U Potsdamer Platz Bhf: S1, S2, S25
Underground:
S+U Potsdamer Platz Bhf: U2
Bus:
Philharmonie: 200, 347
Varian-Fry-Str.: 200, 347
S+U Potsdamer Platz Bhf: 200, 347

Medizinhistorisches

Part of the Charité-Universitätsmedizin (Charité Medicine University), Berlin’s Medical History Museum -Medizinhistorisches Museum- documents the history of urology, ophthalmology and dental technology.

Address:
Charitéplatz 1
10117 Berlin Mitte
bmm@charite.de
www.bmm.charite.de
Opening hours: Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 10 to 17 h
Wed 10 to 19 h

Admission: 4.00 euro for Adults
2.00 euro for Pupils (with ID), Students (with ID), Handicapped
Family ticket: 8.00 euro family ticket

Märkisches Museum

The main museum in Berlin, the Märkisches Museum is a red brick cathedral-like complex from the early 1900s that tells the history of culture, work and life of the city of Berlin and the Brandenburg region. It has seven original segments of the Berlin Wall.

Address: Märkisches Museum
Am Köllnischen Park 5
10179  Berlin
Phone:    030 30 86 62 15
Opening Hours:    Tue, Thu and Sun 10-18, Wed 12-20, Fri and Sat 14-22
Admission Fee:    6,- Euro, red. 3,- Euro
Public Transport:
Train station:
S+U Jannowitzbrücke: S5, S7, S75, S9
Underground:
U Heinrich-Heine-Str.: U8
S+U Jannowitzbrücke: U8
U Märkisches Museum/Inselstr.: U2
U Märkisches Museum: U2
U Klosterstr.: U2
Bus: U Märkisches Museum/Inselstr.: 147

Other museums not to be missed are Nikolaikirche, Kunstgewerbemuseum, Bauhaus-Archiv, Museum für Gestaltung, Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum Berlin, The Story of Berlin, Bröhan-Museum, Museum Berggruen, Georg Kolbe Museum, Brücke-Museum, Max-Liebermann-Villa, Alliierten Museum, Ramones, Topography of Terror, DDR Museum, Madame Tussauds and The Kennedys Museum. Make sure you check opening and closing times of museums when planning your hotels and flights to Berlin for a perfect holiday.

For more information about Museums and other Berlin's cultural attractions, contact us  and we will gladly send you further material about any subject of your interest. We will e-mail this information at no cost within 72 hours and it will be specific to your requirements. 

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