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 25 May: New Ac­qui­si­tions shows the mu­seum’s care­fully se­lected pur­chases and the gen­er­ous gifts re­ceived, for a to­tal of 80 new works added to the col­lec­tion in the last ten years. 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 25 Oct: 1945 – De­feat. Lib­er­a­tion. New Be­gin­ning. ex­poses the ef­forts var­i­ous Euro­pean na­tions made to re­build­ing and re­cov­er­ing from WWII. From 27 May to 3 Jan: Uni­fi­ca­tion: Ger­man So­ci­ety in Tran­si­tion deals with the trans­for­ma­tion of the en­tire so­cial, po­lit­i­cal, and cul­tural struc­ture of so­ci­ety in the for­mer GDR. 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

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 18 May: 30 Years of Pos­i­tive Life looks back on AIDS and HIV his­tory in Ber­lin as well as the cur­rent cir­cum­stances of life to­day with AIDS/ HIV. 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 through mil­len­nia of Ger­man Jewish his­tory and dis­cover the al­ter­nat­ing glo­ries and per­se­cu­tions of this com­mu­nity. To 31 May: Pic­tures Galore and Col­lect­ing Ma­nia – Ad­ver­tis­ing in Minia­ture fo­cuses on the stamp– col­lect­ing craze be­fore WWI, with many of the stamps fea­tur­ing ad­ver­tis­ing for Jewish en­trepreneurs. To 13 Sep: Ge­hor­sam: An Ex­hi­bi­tion of the Works by Saskia Bod­deke and Peter Greenaway ex­am­ines the works of mul­ti­me­dia art and the films of the two artists. 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


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 Tue- Fri 10am6pm, Sat & Sun 11am- 6pm.­seum. 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 31 May: The Cre­ation of a Master­piece – Rem­brandt’s Ber­lin in “Su­sanna and the El­ders” gives view­ers the op­por­tu­nity to view one of Rem­brandt’s most im­por­tant works cen­ter­ing around the Old Tes­ta­ment story of Su­sanna. Open

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