MUSEUMS

Where Berlin - - Museums And Galleries - Altes Mu­seum

Ber­lin’s col­lec­tion of clas­si­cal an­tiq­ui­ties, housed in­side a breath­tak­ing neo-Clas­si­cal build­ing. Take in the mo­saic floor of Hadrian’s villa, a wealth of Greek sculp­tures and vases, and a num­ber of Etr­uscan and Ro­man arche­o­log­i­cal finds. Open Tue–Fri 10am– 6pm (un­til 8pm on Thu), Sat & Sun 10am– 6pm. €10/5. www.smb.mu­seum. Am Lust­garten. T: 030.266424242. U Friedrich­straße, S Hack­escher Markt. E3

Bauhaus Archiv

The avant-garde build­ing de­signed by Wal­ter Gropius is home to doc­u­ments, pho­to­graphs, mod­els, ob­jects, and projects il­lus­trat­ing the Bauhaus phi­los­o­phy, which com­bines artis­tic beauty with ar­chi­tec­tural func­tion­al­ity. To 8 Sep: Vass­ily Kandin­sky, Teach­ing At The Bauhaus ex­plores Kandin­sky’s years as a teacher at the Bauhaus. Open Wed–Mon 10am–5pm. €7/4, Wed–Fri €6/3. www.bauhaus.de. Klin­gel­höfer­str. 14. T: 030.25400278. U Nol­len­dorf­platz. D4

DDR Mu­seum

Learn about daily life in the for­mer East Ger­many at this hands-on mu­seum. Ev­ery­day ob­jects, clos­ets filled with GDR fashion, and a Tra­bant (the GDR car) are just some of the items on dis­play, while pho­to­graphs il­lus­trate and ex­plain Com­mu­nist habits, such as col­lec­tively pot­ty­train­ing ba­bies or go­ing on nud­ist hol­i­days. Open Mon–Sun 10am– 8pm, un­til 10pm on Sat. €6/4. www.ddr-mu­seum.de. Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 1 (in front of the Ber­liner Dom). T: 030.847123731. S Hack­escher Markt, U Alexan­der­platz. E3

Deutsches His­torisches Mu­seum

MUST SEE Learn about the mile­stones in Ger­man his­tory. Medieval body ar­mor, paint­ings, books, dishes, ma­chines, and more, il­lus­trate a time­line that ex­tends from the Ro­man oc­cu­pa­tion of the Ger­manic ar­eas un­til the present day. To 31 Aug: The Col­ors Of The Repub­lic. Pho­to­graphs of daily life in for­mer East Ger­many. To 5 Oct: Tar­gets: The Pho­tog­ra­phy Of Her­linde Koelbi. 100 years af­ter the begin­ning of WWI, one of Ger­many’s most widely dis­cussed mod­ern pho­tog­ra­phers presents a se­lec­tion of her army-themed works. To 30 Nov: 1914–1918, The First World War. A large ex­hi­bi­tion that ex­plores the Great War in de­tail. Open daily 10am– 6pm. €8/4 (un­der-18s free). www.dhm.de. Unter den Lin­den 2. T: 030.203040. S+U Friedrich­straße. E3

Ephraim Palais

Tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tions on lo­cal cul­tural his­tory fill this great Baroque build­ing. De­mol­ished in 1935, the Palais was re­built in 1983 us­ing its orig­i­nal façade, which had been stored in a ware­house for al­most 50 years. To 28 Sep: Matthias Koep­pel: Him­mel, Ber­lin! Painted land­scapes of West Ber­lin and of the post-1989 city set un­der Koep­pel’s sig­na­ture sun­set skies. €7/5 (un­der 18s free, first Wed of month free en­try). www.stadt­mu­seum.de. Post­str. 16. T: 030.24002162. U Alexan­der­platz. F3

Il­lus­trated manuscripts from the Bra­gin­sky Col­lec­tion.

Ethnology Mu­seum

500,000 ob­jects from pre-in­dus­trial so­ci­eties and a fab­u­lous col­lec­tion of Inca jew­elry. Cos­tumes, toys, tools, and huts are among the items shown. Open Tue–Fri 10am–5pm, Sat & Sun 11am– 6pm. €8/4. www.smb.mu­seum. Arn­i­mallee 25. T: 030.266424242. U Dahlem Dorf. Off Map

Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Mu­seum

Kreuzberg en­thu­si­asts can learn more about the his­tory and rad­i­cal legacy of this leg­endary neigh­bor­hood at this small mu­seum housed in a typ­i­cal red-brick build­ing. Open Wed–Sun noon– 6pm. www.kreuzbergmu­seum.de. Adal­bert­str. 95a. T: 030.50585233. U Kot­tbusser Tor. F4

The Gay Mu­seum

One of the world’s largest and most sig­nif­i­cant in­sti­tu­tions for ar­chiv­ing, re­search­ing, and com­mu­ni­cat­ing the his­tory and cul­ture of LGBTQ com­mu­ni­ties. Chang­ing ex­hi­bi­tions take di­verse ap­proaches to les­bian, gay, trans­sex­ual, bi­sex­ual, and queer bi­ogra­phies and con­cepts in his­tory, art, and cul­ture. To 10 Aug: Trans­for­ma­tion. On the devel­op­ment of gen­der clas­si­fi­ca­tion in the past cen­turies. Open Mon, Wed– Fri, Sun 2– 6pm, Sat 2–7pm. €6/4 www.schwulesmu­seum.de. Lüt­zow­str. 73. T: 030.69599050. U Nol­len­dorf­platz. D4

Jewish Mu­seum

Daniel Libe­skind’s ar­chi­tec­tural jewel is shaped as a de­con­structed Star of David. Walk through mil­len­nia of Ger­man Jewish his­tory and dis­cover the al­ter­nat­ing glo­ries and per­se­cu­tions of this com­mu­nity. To 3 Aug: The Cre­ation of the World. Open daily 10am– 8pm, un­til 10pm on Mon­day. €8/3. www.jm­ber­lin.de. Lin­den­str. 9-14.

T: 030.25993300. U Hallesches Tor, Kochstraße. E4

Käthe Koll­witz Mu­seum

In­tro­duces the pow­er­ful and tor­tured art of one of the most rel­e­vant Ger­man women artists of the last cen­tury. Her pri­mary fo­cus was the daily strug­gles of the poor and the tragedy of war, which she ex­pe­ri­enced di­rectly af­ter los­ing both her son and her grand­son in bat­tle. To 9 Nov: Warn­ing and Temp­ta­tion - The pic­to­rial worlds of war of Käthe Koll­witz and Kata Legrady is a fas­ci­nat­ing di­a­logue be­tween Käthe Koll­witz’s works and the pro­vok­ing, alien­ated arms of the con­tem­po­rary Hun­gar­ian artist Kata Legrady. Open 11am– 6pm. €6/3. www.kaethe-koll­witz.de. Fasa­nen­str. 24. T: 030.8825210. U Uh­land­straße. C4

Kupfer­stichk­abi­nett (Mu­seum of Prints and Draw­ings)

This print and draw­ing col­lec­tion was started by the Great Elec­tor in 1652, and its old­est works date back to medieval times. The 150,000+ pieces (inc. mas­ter­pieces by Bot­ti­celli, Dürer, and Goya) are very sen­si­tive to light ex­po­sure; for this rea­son, there is no per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion but works are only shown tem­po­rar­ily. To 26 Oct: We Are Go­ing Swim­ming. A Summer Ex­hi­bi­tion il­lus­trates the many sen­su­ous and cul­tural di­men­sions of bathing as a mo­tiv, with works by Dürer, De­gas, Rem­brandt, and many con­tem­po­rary artists. Open Tue– Fri 10am– 6pm, Sat & Sun 11am– 6pm. €6/3. www.smb. mu­seum.Matthäikirch­platz. T: 030.266424242. S+U Pots­damer Platz. D3

Märkisches Mu­seum

Doc­u­ments, pho­tos, books, and weapons walk vis­i­tors through 750 years of Ber­lin his­tory at this neo-Gothic mu­seum. To 31 Aug: Ber­lin Views, early 20th-cen­tury pho­to­graphs by Max Miss­mann and Jochen Wer­mann re­veal the lost Ber­lin land­capes from be­fore the war. Open Tue–Sun 10am– 6pm. €5/3 (un­der-18s free. Free en­try first Wed of month). www.stadt­mu­seum.de. Am Köll­nis­chen Park 5. T: 030.24002162. U Märkisches Mu­seum. F3

Martin-Gropius-Bau

One of the city’s best art and pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ces and an im­por­tant ex­am­ple of early 20th-cen­tury ar­chi­tec­ture. Martin Gropius’ im­pos­ing build­ing com­bines Ital­ian Re­nais­sance el­e­ments with lo­cal fea­tures, such as a se­ries of Ger­man cities de­picted be­tween the win­dows and mo­saics of al­le­gor­i­cal fig­ures. From 1 Aug to 2 Nov: The World Around 194. Color Pho­tog­ra­phy Be­fore The Great War show­cases a color doc­u­men­tary of the eth­nic­i­ties of the world be­fore WWI. To 9 Nov: Walker Evans. A Life’s Work ex­plores the work of one of the great per­son­al­i­ties of 20th­cen­tury pho­tog­ra­phy, span­ning a pe­riod of over 50 years. Open Wed– Mon 10am–7pm. Prices vary de­pend­ing on ex­hi­bi­tion. www.gropius­bau.de. Niederkirch­n­er­str. 7. T: 030.254860. U Kochstraße. E4

Med­i­cal Mu­seum of The Char­ité Hos­pi­tal

Un­der-16s need to be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult at this med­i­cal mu­seum dis­play­ing a vast col­lec­tion of dis­ease spec­i­mens, in­clud­ing a large patho­log­i­cal anatomy sec­tion. There is also an old anatom­i­cal the­ater, labs, and dis­sec­tion rooms. Open Tue–Sun 10am–5pm (un­til 7pm Wed & Sat). €7/3.50. www.bmm-charite.de. Char­ité­platz 1. T: 030.450536156. S Haupt­bahn­hof. D4

Men­delssohn Ex­hibit

A Jewish En­light­en­ment philoso­pher, a worl­drenowned com­poser, and gen­er­a­tions of bankers made the his­tory of the in­flu­en­tial Men­delssohn fam­ily, whose mem­bers were per­se­cuted as Jews de­spite hav­ing con­verted to Chris­tian­ity. Daily noon– 6pm. € free. www.men­delssohn-ge­sellschaft.de. Jäger­str. 51. T: 030.81704726. U Franzö­sis­che Straße. E3

Mu­seum of Things

Show­cases a var­ied se­lec­tion of ob­jects rep­re­sent­ing 20th-cen­tury de­sign and ev­ery­day cul­ture, from kitsch sou­venirs to TV sets and teddy bears. Thu– Mon noon–7pm. €5/3. www.mu­se­umderdinge.de. Oranien­str. 25. T: 030.92106311. U Kot­tbusser Tor. F4

Mu­seum of Asian Art

The Mu­seum of Asian Art hosts an im­por­tant col­lec­tion of East Asian and In­dian works, in­clud­ing fab­u­lous lac­quered ob­jects, ce­ram­ics, Ja­panese paint­ings, and a whole sec­tion on art along the Silk Route. Open Tue– Fri 10am–5pm, Sat & Sun 11am– 6pm. €8/4. www.smb.mu­seum. Arn­i­mallee 25. T: 030.266424242. U Dahlem Dorf. Off Map

Mu­seum of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion

An en­ter­tain­ing jour­ney through the his­tory of com­mu­ni­ca­tion in­side the neo-Baroque build­ing that once hosted Ber­lin’s post of­fice mu­seum. Ro­bots wel­come vis­i­tors and iPads make per­fect tour guides through the most in­trigu­ing steps in the devel­op­ment of postal and tele­phone com­mu­ni­ca­tion, all the way to the era of in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy. To 17 Aug: War Net­works. War com­mu­ni­ca­tion from 1914 to 1918. To 24 Aug: Out of Con­trol: Liv­ing In A Surveilled World. A study on a world full of sur­veil­lance cam­eras. Open Tue 9am– 8pm, Wed–Fri 9am–5pm, Sat & Sun 10am– 6pm. €4/2. www.mfk-ber­lin.de. Leipziger Str. 16. T: 030.202940. U Mohren­straße, Stadt­mitte. E3

Mu­seum of Mu­si­cal In­stru­ments

A fas­ci­nat­ing col­lec­tion of an­cient and mod­ern mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, in­clud­ing bag­pipes, harp­si­chords, and in­stru­ments once owned by celebri­ties. Check the web­site for the weekly demon­stra­tions of the most im­pres­sive mu­si­cal ma­chines, such as a silent film-era cin­ema or­gan. Open Tue, Wed, Fri 9am–5pm, Thu 9am– 8pm, Sat & Sun 10am–5pm. €6/3 (un­der 18s free). www.sim. spk-ber­lin.de. Tier­garten­str. 1. T: 030.254810. S+U Pots­damer Platz. D3

Mu­seum of Pho­tog­ra­phy

All types of pho­tog­ra­phy, from the 19th cen­tury to the present, are on ex­hibit at this com­pre­hen­sive mu­seum, housed in a grand 1090 build­ing built for the Prus­sian army’s of­fi­cer corps. The di­verse ex­hi­bi­tions are cu­rated from the Ber­lin

Art Li­brary’s vast pho­to­graphic col­lec­tion, while the lower two floors are oc­cu­pied by the Hel­mut New­ton Foun­da­tion, show­cas­ing an ex­ten­sive se­lec­tion of work and per­sonal items from the late, great Ger­man fashion pho­tog­ra­pher. Un­til 5 Oct: Timescape. Michael Ruetz’s land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy ex­plores the mean­ing of time. Open Tue– Fri 10am– 6pm (un­til 8pm on Thu), Sat & Sun 10am– 6pm. €10/5. www.smb.mu­seum. Jebensstr. 2. T: 030.266424242. S+U Zool­o­gis­cher Garten. C3– C4

Mu­seum The Kennedys

When he de­liv­ered his fa­mous “Ich bin ein Ber­liner” speech, John F. Kennedy au­to­mat­i­cally be­came Ber­lin’s fa­vorite US pres­i­dent. This mu­seum is a trib­ute to him and his fam­ily. Films, pho­to­graphs, and even comic books tell us about his visit to Ber­lin, his as­sas­si­na­tion, and his chil­dren. Open Tue–Sun 11am–7pm. €5/2.50. www.thekennedys.de. Au­gust­str. 11–13. T: 030.20653570. S Oranien­burger Straße. E2

Neues Mu­seum

The gor­geous bust of Queen Ne­fer­titi is the mu­seum’s top at­trac­tion. Ex­am­ine a world-fa­mous Egyp­tian col­lec­tion that in­cludes many im­por­tant pa­pyruses, and let hun­dreds of ar­ti­facts tell you about early hu­man his­tory. Badly dam­aged dur­ing WWII, the Neues Mu­seum was re­opened in 2009. Open Tue–Fri 10am– 6pm (un­til 8pm on Thu), Sat & Sun 10am– 6pm. €12/6. www.neues-mu­seum.de. Bode­str. 1-3. T: 030.266424242. S+U Friedrich­straße, S Hack­escher Markt. E3/F3

Perg­a­mon Mu­seum

MUST SEE One of Ber­lin’s main attractions, the Perg­a­mon Mu­seum houses the out­come of Ger­many’s early 20th-cen­tury arche­ol­ogy ex­ca­va­tions. The im­pos­ing Ishtar Gate of Baby­lon with its glazed blue bricks is a feast for the eyes, as are the Mar­ket Gate from Myle­tus, the re­con­structed in­te­ri­ors of an Assyr­ian palace, and many other splen­dorous tes­ti­monies to the an­cient world. From Septem­ber 2014 to all of 2019, the Perg­a­mon al­tar will be closed for restora­tion works. To 5 Oct: Pride and Pas­sion. Male Por­traits and Im­ages from the Mogul Era de­picts the role of men in dur­ing the Mogul rule (1526-1858). Open Tue– Fri 10am– 6pm (un­til 8pm on Thu), Sat & Sun 10am– 6pm. €12/6. www.smb.mu­seum. Bode­str. 1-3. T: 030.266424242. U Friedrich­straße, S Hack­escher Markt. E3

Stasi Mu­seum

The GDR’s Min­istry of State Se­cu­rity, the Stasi, has been de­scribed as one of the most re­pres­sive in­tel­li­gence and se­cret po­lice agen­cies to ever have ex­isted. Explore the agency’s head­quar­ters and learn about their spy­ing tech­niques, inc. cam­eras hid­den in wa­ter­ing cans or in­side fake trees. Open Mon–Fri 10am– 6pm, Sat & Sun noon– 6pm. €5/4. www.stasimu­seum.de. Ruschestr. 103. T: 030.5536854. U Mag­dale­nen­straße. Off Map

Story of Ber­lin

Al­most 800 years of Ber­lin his­tory ar­ranged into 23 rooms, each de­scrib­ing a dif­fer­ent theme or era and an atomic bunker for vis­i­tors to bet­ter un­der­stand the WWII air raid ex­pe­ri­ence. An en­ter­tain­ing way to learn about the devel­op­ment of the city. Open daily 10am– 8pm. €12/5. www.story-of-ber­lin.de. Kur­fürs­ten­damm 208. T: 030.88720100. U Uh­land­straße. B4

An anatomic model of a preg­nant woman. Used by doc­tors in the 1600s, this sci­en­tific tool can be ad­mired in the Wun­derkam­mer of the me Col­lec­tors Room.

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