As with many things in Berlin, the Kunstgewerbemuseum (www.smb.museum) is split between two locations, in the east and the west. In the east there is the picturesque setting of the Köpenick Palace, featuring masterpieces of interior design from the 16th–18th centuries. In the west, at the Kulturforum near Potsdamer Platz, the museum hosts a more extensive collection showcasing European arts from all the post-classical periods of art history. The ground floor of the Kulturforum building displays gold reliquaries from the Middle Ages and magnificent Renaissance artifacts, such as silverware from the city council of Lüneburg, while the Baroque era is represented upstairs by tin- glazed pottery from Delft. There's also a newly opened fashion gallery, with mannequins modeling over 100 costumes spanning 150 years of fashion history. Came to Berlin celebrates the founding and lasting impact of the Museum of Islamic Art, located inside the Pergamon Museum. Tue– Fri 10am– 6pm ( Thu until 8pm), Sat–Sun 10am– 6pm. €12/6. www.smb.museum. Bodestr. 1-3. T: 030.266424242. S+U Friedrichstraße, S Hackescher Markt. E3
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
Spy Museum Berlin
Delve into the world of espionage with two floors of interactive exhibits covering some 3500 years of espionage history. Highlights include presentations on James Bond and other famous fictitious spies and a laser maze that tests your agility to break into – or out of – compromising locations. €18/14. Daily 10am- 8pm. www.spymuseumberlin.com. Leipziger Platz 9. S+U Potsdamer Platz E3
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
Akademie der Künste Hanseatenweg
The Berlin Art Academy’s long and prestigious history dates back to 1696. Today, this important exhibition space houses one of the most comprehensive interdisciplinary archives of 20thcentury art. Daily 11am–7pm. € 6/4 (Free entry Tue 3–7pm). www.adk.de. Hanseatenweg 10. T: 030.200572000. S Bellevue, U Hansaplatz. C3
MUST SEE One of the finest collections of European art from the 13th to the 18th centuries. Lots of Dutch and Flemish painters, including Rembrandt and Vermeer, and a vast collection of Italian Renaissance art, including Botticelli, Titian, and Canaletto. To 24 Jan: The Botticelli Renaissance explores the influence and appropriations of Botticelli’s work in modern art. To 31 Jan: Botticelli in Reproductive Style features interpretations of Botticelli’s work by different contemporary artists. Tue– Fri 10am– 6pm ( Thu until 8pm), Sat–Sun 10am– 6pm. €10/5. www.smb. museum. Matthäikirchplatz 50. T: 030.266424242. S+U Potsdamer Platz. D3
Russia has held parts of the Pergamon’s collection since the end of WWII, despite a treaty to
return them. A modern art collection of 5000+ works of German and Eastern European paintings. To 15 Feb: Max Beckmann and Berlin reveals the lasting artistic impact Berlin as a city had on artist Beckmann, even after he emigrated to the Netherlands. To 15 Feb: Ich kenne kein Weekend – The René Block Archives is dedicated to gallery owner Block’s influence and role in advancing art in Berlin. To 21 Mar: This is Us. Portrait photography of individuals and society. To 21 Mar: The Dialogic City.
CThe permanent collection of this former railway station includes a selection of works from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection, and the many temporary exhibitions focus on painting and sculpture from the past 50 years, as well as videos, music, and design. To 31 Jul: Neue Galerie: The Black Years. Works from the Neue Nationalgalerie created between 1933-1945, including works by Pablo Picasso and Käthe Kollwitz. To 13 Mar: A Few Free Years features recently donated works from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection. Tue– Fri 10am– 6pm ( Thu until 8pm), Sat–Sun 10am– 6pm. €14/ 7. www. hamburgerbahnhof.de. Invalidenstr. 50-51.