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.­seum. 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 12 Jan: Sens­ing the Fu­ture, Lásló Mo­holy- Naly re­counts the years spent by the artist teach­ing at the Bauhaus. Open Wed– Mon 10am– 5pm. €7/4, Wed– Fri €6/3. 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-mu­ 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 4 Jan: The Eyes of the War. The pho­tog­ra­phy of Martin Roe­mers. The pho­tog­ra­pher de­picts the ter­ror and trauma in the eyes of the blind vic­tims of war with 40 por­traits with ac­com­pa­ny­ing in­ter­views. Open daily 10am– 6pm. € 8/4 (un­der-18s free). Un­ter den Linden 2. T: 030.203040. S+U Friedrich­straße. E3


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 Jun: West:Berlin, An Is­land In Search Of Main­land ex­plores daily life in West Berlin through photographs, videos, and doc­u­ments. € 7/5 (un­der 18s free, first Wed of month free en­try). www.stadt­mu­ Post­str. 16. T: 030.24002162. U Alexan­der­platz. F3

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. First two week­ends of De­cem­ber: Markt der Kon­ti­nente, eth­nic Christ­mas mar­ket. Open Tue– Fri 10am– 5pm, Sat & Sun 11am– 6pm. €8/4.­seum. 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.kreuzbergmu­ 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. Open Mon, Wed– Fri, Sun 2– 6pm, Sat 2–7pm. €6/4 www.schwulesmu­ Lüt­zow­str. 73. T: 030.69599050. U Nol­len­dorf­platz. D4

DID YOU KNOW? The Neue Na­tion­al­ga­lerie will be closed for ren­o­va­tions for all of 2015.

Jewish Mu­seum

MUST SEE 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. Open daily 10am– 8pm, un­til 10pm on Mon­day. €8/3.­ber­ 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. Open 11am– 6pm. €6/3. www.kaethe-koll­ 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. Open Tue– Fri 10am– 6pm, Sat & Sun 11am– 6pm. €6/3.­seum.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 1 Feb: Nu­clear

Fam­ily. In­spired by let­ters ex­changed in the 1950s be­tween his fa­ther and a Berlin fam­ily, US artist Ker­mit Berg ( born 1951) paints an in­ti­mate por­trait of the con­nec­tion be­tween peo­ple from dif­fer­ent coun­tries against the back­ground of the Cold War. Open Tue–Sun 10am– 6pm. € 5/3 (un­der-18s free. Free en­try first Wed of month). www.stadt­mu­ Am Köll­nis­chen Park 5. T: 030.24002162. U Märkisches Mu­seum. F3


MUST SEE 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. To 4

Jan: The Vik­ings ex­plores the mys­ter­ies of the Nordic tribe. Com­ing di­rectly from the V& A Mu­seum in London, the ex­hi­bi­tion also showcases a real Vik­ing ship. To 5 Jan: Pa­solini Roma: after its suc­cess at the Palazzo delle Es­po­sizioni in Rome,

the ex­hi­bi­tion has been moved to Berlin to re­count the life sto­ries of Pier Paolo Pa­solini, in­flu­en­tial film di­rec­tor of Ital­ian ne­o­re­al­ism. Open Wed– Mon 10am–7pm. Prices vary de­pend­ing on ex­hi­bi­tion. www.gropius­ 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- 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.­delssohn- ge­ 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.­se­ 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. First two week­ends of De­cem­ber: Markt der Kon­ti­nente, eth­nic Christ­mas mar­ket. Open Tue– Fri 10am– 5pm, Sat & Sun 11am– 6pm. €8/4.­seum. 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 18 Jan: Best Com­mu­ni­ca­tion De­sign. Red Dot Win­ners Se­lec­tion 2014 shows the win­ning works of the fa­mous com­mu­ni­ca­tion de­sign prize. Agen­cies, free­lancers, and young pro­fes­sion­als have par­tic­i­pated in the com­pe­ti­tion, di­vided into 16 dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories. To 22 Feb: Around the World in 80 Things shows us that the rest of the world is just a mouse click away. Open Tue 9am– 8pm, Wed– Fri 9am– 5pm, Sat & Sun 10am– 6pm. €4/2. www.mfk­ber­ 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. 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. To 22 Feb: Pho­tog­ra­phy in the First World War ex­plores the Great War seen through the eyes of its am­a­teur and pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers. Open Tue– Fri 10am– 6pm (un­til 8pm on Thu), Sat & Sun 10am– 6pm. €10/5.­seum. 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. Au­gust­str. 11–13. T: 030.20653570. S Oranien­burger Straße. E2

Neues Mu­seum

MUST SEE 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-mu­ Bode­str. 1-3. T: 030.266424242. S+U Friedrich­straße, S Hack­escher Markt. E3/F3

DID YOU KNOW? Kids un­der 18 get free en­try to all state-run mu­se­ums.

Perg­a­mon Mu­seum

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 al­tar room will be closed for restora­tion works. To 15 Mar: Mschatta in fo­cus. The Jor­da­nian desert palace in his­tor­i­cal photographs shows the richly dec­o­rated fa­cade of the early Is­lamic desert

palace of Mschatta as seen in photographs taken in the 1950s. 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.stasimu­ 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- Kur­fürs­ten­damm 208. T: 030.88720100. U Uh­land­straße. B4

The GDR regime may have walled in hun­dreds of thou­sands of West Ber­lin­ers, but this did not stop them from de­vel­op­ing a dis­tinc­tive cre­ative flair. Ad­mire doc­u­ments and images ex­plor­ing lo­cal life­style, cul­ture, and daily life in West Berlin be­fore 1989 at the EphraimPalais (see pre­vi­ous page.)

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