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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 2 Feb: Sens­ing the Fu­ture, Lás­zló 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. € 7/4. 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 8 Mar: RAF - Ter­ror­ist Vi­o­lence ex­plores the ef­fects of the vi­o­lence of ter­ror­ist group Red Army Fac­tion. 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. 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

through mil­len­nia of Ger­man Jewish his­tory and dis­cover the al­ter­nat­ing glo­ries and per­se­cu­tions of this com­mu­nity. To 1 Mar: Snip It! gives in­sight into the sig­nif­i­cance of the cen­turies- old rit­ual of cir­cum­ci­sion and on­go­ing de­bate sur­round­ing it. 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

DID YOU KNOW? Mu­seum Is­land has

been a UNESCO World Her­itage site

since 1999. 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 28 Mar: Leonard Fink Comes Out: photographs taken by the Jewish pho­tog­ra­pher and ac­tor doc­u­ment the gay lib­er­a­tion and the New Water­front of the West Side. To 31 Mar: Porn That Way ex­plores the his­tory and de­vel­op­ments of queer porn, from past to present. To 31 Mar: And That’s a Good Thing – 13 Years of Klaus Wow­ereit As Mayor Of Berlin re­mem­bers the life of Klaus Wow­ereit as mayor of Berlin, from his po­lit­i­cal tri­umphs and fail­ures to his re­la­tion­ship with tabloids. Open Mon, Wed– Fri, Sun 2– 6pm, Sat 2–7pm. €6/4 www.schwulesmu­ Lüt­zow­str. 73. T: 030.69599050. U Nol­len­dorf­platz. D4

Jewish Mu­seum

MUST SEE Daniel Libe­skind’s ar­chi­tec­tural jewel is shaped as a de­con­structed Star of David. Walk


With exhibitions of some of the most fa­mous and out­stand­ing Euro­pean hand­crafts from the early Mid­dle Ages to the present, the Kun­st­gewerbe­mu­seum, or Mu­seum of Dec­o­ra­tive Arts, is the first of its kind in Ger­many. With a brand-new re­open­ing after years of ren­o­va­tions, the most in­tri­cate and ex­quis­ite hand­works from all eras of art his­tory, in­clud­ing mas­ter­pieces of me­dieval gold­smithing, are once again on dis­play at the Kul­tur­fo­rum. Open TueFri 10am- 6pm, Sat & Sun 11am- 6pm. www.smb. mu­seum. Matthäikirch­platz. T: 030.266424242. S+U Pots­damer Platz. D3

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 15 Feb: Nanne Meyer: Noth­ing But The Mo­ment, Draw­ings: ex­hi­bi­tion of works by Nanne Meyer, por­tray­ing the fleet­ing mo­ments and ob­ser­va­tions of life. 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. 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 6 Apr: VKhUTEMAS – A Rus­sian Lab­o­ra­tory Of Moder­nity fo­cuses on the ar­chi­tec­tural works of the avant- garde move­ment VKhUTEMAS, also known as “Rus­sian Bauhaus,” which flour­ished be­fore So­cial­ist re­al­ism took over. Open Wed– Mon 10am–7pm. Prices vary de­pend­ing on ex­hi­bi­tion.

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