Museum Guide Berlin 2015 - Claudia Stein - ebook

Museum Guide Berlin 2015 ebook

Claudia Stein

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Did you know that the athletes' village of the 1936 Olympic Games can still be visited? Or that an abandoned bunker hosts today one of the most fascinating private art collections? There are more than 170 exciting museums, venues, memorials and places with "museum philosophy". Sorted by district, each place is listed with contact information, opening hours, entrance fee and a brief description what the exhibition is about.

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The capital has far more museums than rainy days and a vibrant art scene. This is precisely one of the many reasons why from a cultural point of view Berlin is hard to beat.

This museum guide reflects the current scene of the capital. I did my best to take all museums into account, but I might have missed some. The museums are sorted by district and listed alphabetically with their original German name. 

Two of the museums are located outside the city borders, but thematically, they do belong to Berlin. The “Berliner S-Bahn Museum” (commuter train museum) is located in Potsdam, right on the border with Berlin. The Olympic Village from 1936 belongs to the municipality of Wustermark. 

Berlin, July 2015 Claudia Stein

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1 The Maps

In this book, you will only find links to online maps from Google. The links to Google Maps comply with Google’s terms of use. Showing these maps in the book would not be legal. You can print or downloaded them to a smart phone, for example. This also facilitates route planning.

2 Good to know!

2.1 Public Transport

On the website of the Berlin transport company (, you can see how to reach your destination by public transport. It might be easier to use Google Maps if you decide to navigate through the museums with the help of the maps I listed for smart phones. A good app is “moovit”, it operates in several languages and uses very little data volume. 

2.2 Welcome-Card & Museum’s Pass

The so-called „Welcome-Card“ combines public transport with the entrance to several museums. It also contains discount vouchers for shops and restaurants. The card is sold in hotels, the official tourist information centers and at the box office of the participating museums. For more information, please visit

2.3 Payments

Many foreign tourists are quite astounded that credit card payment is rarely offered in Germany. And most of the time, only the German debit card is accepted. Make sure you have enough cash on you before you get in the line of the box office.

2.4 Free entrance

All public museums are free of charge for minors (up to 18 years of age). These museums are labeled “Staatliche Museen Berlin – SMB”.
The following museums are free of charge for everybody:
• Abgusssammlung antiker Plastik der Freien Universität Berlin
  Cast Collection of Ancient Sculptur
• Architekturmuseum der Technischen Universität Berlin 
  Museum of Architecture at the Technical University of Berlin
• Bröhan-Museum (1st Wednesday of the month) 
• Gedenkstätte Plötzensee am Gefängnis Plötzensee 
  Memorial Plötzensee at the Plötzensee prison
• Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis Kirche
  Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
• Museum Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
• Alliierten-Museum
  Allied Museum
• Bernhard-Heiliger-Stiftung/ Offene Ateliers
  Bernhard-Heiliger-Foundation/ Open Studios
• Militärhistorisches Museum, Luftwaffenmuseum der Bundeswehr 
  Museum for Military History/ German Airforce Museum
• Grünauer Wassersportmuseum
  Grünau Watersport Museum
• Gleis 17 – Memorial for the deportation of the Jews 
  Platform 17 – Memorial for the Deported Jews
• DDR Wohnung
  GDR flat
• Mies-van-der-Rohe Haus
• Deutsch-Russisches Museum Berlin-Karlshorst 
  German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst
• Gedenkstätte Köpenicker Blutwoche Juni 1933 
  Memorial for the Köpenick Blood Week June 1933
• Hauptmann von Köpenick Exhibition
  The Captain of Köpenick Exhibition
• Museum Köpenick
• FHXB Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum
• Künstlerhaus Bethanien 
  Artists‘ House Bethanien
• Kunstraum Kreuzberg/ Bethanien 
  Art Room Kreuzberg/ Bethanien
• Topographie des Terrors 
  Topography of Terror
• Zweirad-Museum
  Bicycle Museum
• Museum Lichtenberg
• Erinnerungsstätte Notaufnahmelager Marienfelde
  Memorial Marienfeld Refugee Transition Camp
• Bezirksmuseum Marzahn-Hellersdorf 
  District Museum Marzahn
• Bockwindmühle Berlin-Marzahn 
  Post Mill Berlin-Marzahn
• Akademie der Künste (Tuesdays 15.00-19.00)
  Academy of the Arts Berlin
• Berliner Rathaus
  Berlin City Hall
• Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt 
  Otto Weidt Workshop for the Blind
• Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas
  Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
• Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle (Mondays)
  Deutsche Bank Art Hall
• Deutscher Dom
  German Dome
• Deutsches Historisches Museum (on 3 Oct.)
  German Historical Museum
• Ephraim-Palais (1st Wednesday of the month)
• Forum Willy Brandt
• Gedenkstätte Stille Helden
  Memorial Place Silent Heroes
• Knoblauchhaus
  House of the Knoblauch Family
• Mendelssohn Remise
• Märkisches Museum (1st Wednesday of the month)
  History of Berlin Museum
• Nikolaikirche (1st Wednesday of the month)
  Nikolai Church
• Stasi-Unterlagen / Dauerausstellung
  Stasi Archives / permanent exhibition
• Tränenpalast - Haus der Geschichte, 
  “Palace of Tears“ – House of History
• Classic Remise Oldtimer-Automobilzentrum 
  Classic Remise (Oldtimer automobile center)
• Museum Neukölln
• Dokumentationszentrum NS-Zwangsarbeit 
  Documentation Center Forced Labor under the Nazis
• Pankow Museum
Prenzlauer Berg
• Museum in der Kulturbrauerei – Haus der Geschichte 
  Museum in the Kulturbrauerei, House of History
• Pankow Museum Prenzlauer Berg
• Gedenkort SA-Gefängnis Papestraße 
  Memorial Site SA Prison Papestraße
• Haus am Kleistpark
  House at Kleist Park
• Jugendmuseum Schöneberg 
  Youth Museum Schöneberg
• Museum der unerhörten Dinge
  Museum of Outrageous Things
• Schöneberg Museum
• Schwerbelastungskörper
  “Heavy Load Object“
• Deutsches Blindenmuseum 
  German Blind Museum
• Heimatverein Steglitz
  Heritage Museum Steglitz
• Schwartzsche Villa
  Villa Schwartz (Culture Department of the district)
• Tempelhof Museum
• Akademie der Künste (Tuesdays 15.00-19.00)
  Academy of the Arts
• Deutsche Kinemathek (Thursdays 16.00-20.00)

3 Main Categories

Berlin is a special place for many reasons, and this is reflected in the local cultural offer. The city has always been attracting artists, and the number of art museums is noteworthy. Equally remarkable is the number of history museums. Post-war Germany came to terms with German history and made an honest effort not to sweep anything under the rug and present it as it was; from Bismarck to WW I, Nazi's era, WW II, division of Germany, reunification… each subject seems to have its own museum.

3.1 Art

• Akademie der Künste Berlin (Standort Tiergarten) 
  Academy of the Arts (venue Tiergarten)
• Alte Nationalgalerie
  Old National Gallery
• Altes Museum
  Old Museum
• Bauhaus-Archiv
  Bauhaus Archive
• Berlinische Galerie - Museum für moderne Kunst
  Berlin Gallery – Museum for Modern Art
• Bode-Museum
• Bröhan-Museum
• Brücke-Museum Berlin
• C/O Berlin
• Dalí
• Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle
  Deutsche Bank Art Hall
• Gemäldegalerie im Kulturforum
  Art Gallery in the Culture Forum
• Haus am Kleistpark
  House at Kleist Park
• Haus am Lützowplatz
  House at Lützowplatz
• Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum
• Keramik-Museum Berlin
  Ceramic Museum Berlin
• KINDL - Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst
  KINDL – Center for Contemporary Art
• Königliche Porzellan Manufaktur
  Royal Porcelain Manufactory
• Kunsthalle Koidl
  Art Hall Koidl
• Künstlerhaus Bethanien
  Artists‘ House Bethanien
• Liebermann-Villa
• Martin-Gropius-Bau
• Museum Berggruen
• Museum für Fotografie/ Helmut Newton Stiftung
  Museum for Photography/ Helmut Newton Foundation
• Museum für Gegenwart im Hamburger Bahnhof
  Museum for Contemporary Art at the Hamburger Bahnhof
• Neue Nationalgalerie
  New National Gallery
• Neues Museum
  The New Museum
• Sammlung Boros
  The Boros Collection
• Sammlung Daimler
  The Daimler Collection
• Sammlung Hoffmann
  The Hoffmann Collection
• Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg
  The Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection 
• Stiftung Olbricht im Me Collector’s Room
  Olbricht Foundation in the Me Collector’s Room

3.2 Memorials

• Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas
  Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
• Dokumentationszentrum NS-Zwangsarbeit
  Forced Labor under the Nazis, Documentation Center
• Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand (Bendler-Block)
  German Resistance Memorial (Bendler-Block)
• Gedenkstätte Hohenschönhausen, Memorial Hohenschönhausen (Stasi prison)
• Gedenkstätte Köpenicker Blutwoche Juni 1933
  Memorial for the Köpenick Blood Week June 1933
• Gedenkstätte Plötzensee am Gefängnis Plötzense
  Memorial Plötzensee at the Plötzensee prison
• Gleis 17 - Gedenkstätte für den Abtransport von Juden, Platform 17 – Memorial for the Deported Jews
• Topographie des Terrors
  Topography of Terror
• Erinnerungsstätte Notaufnahmelager Marienfelde
  Memorial Marienfeld Refugee Transition Camp
• Gedenkort SA-Gefängnis Papestraße
  Memorial Site SA Prison Papestraße
• Gedenkstätte Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz
  Memorial House of the Wannsee Conference

3.3 History

• "Tränenpalast" - Haus der Geschichte
  “Palace of Tears“ – House of History
• Alliierten-Museum
  Allied Museum
• Anne Frank Zentrum
• Centrum Judaicum (Neue Synagoge)
• DDR Museum
  GDR Museum
• Deutsches Historisches Museum
  German Historical Museum
• Deutsch-Russisches Museum Berlin-Karlshorst
  German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst
• Dokumentationszentrum Berliner Mauer
  Documentation Center Berlin Wall
• Ethnologisches Museum
  Ethnological Museum
• Haus am Checkpoint Charlie
• Jüdisches Museum Berlin
  Jewish Museum Berlin
• Museum Europäischer Kulturen
  Museum of European Cultures
• Museum für Asiatische Kunst
  Museum for Asian Art
• Museum in der Kulturbrauerei – Haus der Geschichte
  Museum in the Kulturbrauerei, House of History
• Rotkreuz-Museum des DRK-LV
  Regional Red Cross Museum
• Schwerbelastungskörper
  “Heavy Load Object“
• Stasi-Museum
• Stasi-Unterlagen / Dauerausstellung
  Stasi Archives / permanent exhibition

3.4 Special…

• Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum (Charité)
  Berlin Museum of Medical History at the Charité
• Computerspiele Museum Berlin
  Computer Games Museum Berlin
• DDR-Wohnung
  GDR Flat
• Deutsches Currywurst-Museum
  German Currywurst Museum
• Gaslaternen-Freilichtmuseum Berlin
  Gas Lanterns Open Air Museum Berlin
• Hanf Museum Berlin
  Hemp Museum Berlin
• Ramones Museum Berlin
• Schwules Museum
  Gay Museum

3.5 Editor’s Pick

• Berliner Unterwelten-Museum
  Berlin Underworld Museum
• C/O Berlin
• Centrum Judaicum (Neue Synagoge)
• Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas

4 Adlershof
Memorial for the writer Anna Seghers
Anna-Seghers-Straße 81, 12489 Berlin-Adlershof
Tel.: 030/ 677 47 25
Opening hours: Tu. + Th. 10.00-16.00. With guided visit only.
Entrance fee: 4.00 EUR/ red. 2.00 EUR