MU­SE­UMS

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Altes Mu­seum

Ber­lin’s col­lec­tion of clas­si­cal an­tiq­ui­ties, housed in­side a breath­tak­ing Neo­clas­si­cal build­ing. Take in the mo­saic floor of Hadrian’s villa, a wealth of Greek sculp­tures, and a num­ber of Etr­uscan and Ro­man finds. To 18 Jun: Dan­ger­ous Per­fec­tion: An­tique grave-vases from Apu­lia. Fea­tur­ing 13 largescale vases from the in­dige­nous pop­u­la­tion of south­ern Italy 2,500 years ago. Tue– Fri 10am– 6pm ( Thu un­til 8pm), Sat–Sun 10am– 6pm. €10/5. www. smb.mu­seum. Am Lust­garten. T: 030.266424242. S+U Friedrich­straße, S Hack­escher Markt. E3

Alte Na­tion­al­ga­lerie

A splen­dorous col­lec­tion of 19th- cen­tury art. To 12 Mar: An Ur­ban Land­scape – A 360 º Panorama of Rome by Friedrich Loos. A cab­i­net ex­hi­bi­tion of a 19th cen­tury city on the cusp of change. From 30 Mar: Small Mas­ter­pieces fea­tures mas­ter­pieces small and minia­ture in size. Tue– Fri 10am– 6pm ( Thu un­til 8pm), Sat–Sun 10am– 6pm. €12/6 with ex­hi­bi­tion, €10/5 mu­seum only. www.smb.mu­seum. Bode­str. 1– 3. T: 030.266424242. S+U Friedrich­straße, S Hack­escher Markt. E3

Bode Mu­seum

An ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of Old Masters’ paint­ings, a sec­tion ded­i­cated to an­cient coins, and many works of Ro­man and Byzan­tine art adorn the mu­seum’s im­pres­sive in­te­rior, built by Ernst von Ihne in 1904. To 27 May: Art Coins Money: MUSE POWER MONEY ex­am­ines the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween art, money, and power. Tue– Fri 10am– 6pm ( Thu un­til 8pm), Sat– Sun 10am– 6pm. €12/6. www.smb.mu­seum. Am Kupfer­graben. T: 030.266424242. U Friedrich­straße, S Hack­escher Markt. E3

Bröhan Mu­seum

Start­ing in 1966, col­lec­tor Karl Bröhan amassed hun­dreds of Art Nou­veau and Art Deco ob­jects and var­i­ous paint­ings from the Ber­lin Se­ces­sion­ist move­ment. Browse through pieces of fur­ni­ture, house­wares, ce­ram­ics, and glass­ware from this fas­ci­nat­ing artis­tic pe­riod. To 23 Jul: Kieser, Posters. Cel­e­brat­ing the in­no­va­tions of one of Ger­many’s most pro­lific graphic de­sign­ers. Open Tue–Sun 10am– 6pm www.broe­han-mu­seum.de. Schloßstr. 1a. T: 030.32690600. U So­phie- Char­lotte- Platz. A3

DDR Mu­seum

Learn about daily life in the for­mer East Ger­many at this hands- on mu­seum. Clos­ets filled with GDR (DDR in Ger­man) fash­ion and a Tra­bant (the GDR car) are just some of the items on dis­play, while pho­to­graphs il­lus­trate Com­mu­nist habits, such as col­lec­tively potty-train­ing ba­bies or go­ing on nud­ist hol­i­days. Mon–Sun 10am– 8pm, Sat un­til 10pm. € 7/4. www.ddr-mu­seum.de. Karl- Liebknecht-Str. 1. T: 030.847123731. S Hack­escher Markt, U Alexan­der­platz. E3

Deutsches His­torisches Mu­seum

MUST SEE Learn about the mile­stones in Ger­man his­tory from the Ro­man oc­cu­pa­tion of the Ger­manic ar­eas to the present day. To 14 May: Ger­man colo­nial­ism, Frag­ments of Its Past and Present con­fronts the con­tro­ver­sial topic of Ger­many’s colo­nial past. Daily 10am– 6pm. €8/4 (un­der-18s free). www.dhm.de. Un­ter den Lin­den 2. T: 030.203040. S+U Friedrich­straße. E3

Deutsches Tech­nikmu­seum

MUST SEE At the mu­seum for all things tech­nol­ogy, the old lo­co­mo­tives and avi­a­tion

rooms are the most pop­u­lar at­trac­tions, while a

Rosi­nen­bomber, a 1948 Ber­lin Air­lift air­craft, is mounted on the mu­seum's roof. A hands- on sec­tion al­lows kids to con­duct ex­per­i­ments. To 4

Apr: From Depart­ment Store to Tacheles. Pho­to­graphs of the Friedrich­straßen-Pas­sage. A pho­to­graphic doc­u­men­ta­tion of the life of this his­toric land­mark. Mon– Fri 9am– 5:30pm, Sat–Sun 10am– 6pm. €8/4. www.sdtb.de. Treb­biner Str. 9. T: 030.902540. UMöc kern brücke,UG lei sdreieck.E 4

The Ger­man Spy Mu­seum

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. €12/8. Daily 10am- 8pm. www.deutschess­pi­onage­mu­seum.de. Leipziger Platz 9. S+U Pots­damer Platz E3

Jewish Mu­seum

MUST SEE Daniel Libe­skind's ar­chi­tec­tural jewel, shaped as a de­con­structed Star of David, ex­plores mil­len­nia of Ger­man Jewish his­tory, in­clud­ing the al­ter­nat­ing glo­ries and per­se­cu­tions of the com­mu­nity. To 5 Mar: A Mus­lim, a Chris­tian and a

Jew. Artist Eran Shakine de­picts the trio in hu­mor­ous ev­ery­day set­tings while un­der­scor­ing their sim­i­lar hopes and dreams. Daily 10am– 8pm, Mon un­til 10pm. €8/3. www.jm­ber­lin.de. Lin­den­str. 9-14. T: 030.25993300. U Hallesches Tor, U Kochstraße. E4

Martin-Gropius-Bau

MUST SEE One of the city's best art and pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ces and an im­por­tant ex­am­ple of early 20th- cen­tury ar­chi­tec­ture, the im­pos­ing build­ing com­bines Ital­ian Re­nais­sance el­e­ments with lo­cal fea­tures, such as mo­saics of al­le­gor­i­cal fig­ures. To 5 Mar: Robert Dois­neau

– Pho­to­graphs. With just one iconic pho­to­graph taken in 1950, Dois­neau fur­ther es­tab­lished Paris as the city of love. From 11 Mar: Friedrich Kiesler: Ar­chi­tect, Artist, Vi­sion­ary. Ex­plor­ing the uni­ver­sal­ity of the avant garde artist's work in 20th cen­tury ar­chi­tec­ture and art his­tory. To 12 Mar: Omer Fast: Talk­ing Is Not Al­ways the So­lu­tion. Pre­sent­ing seven of Fast's works, which ques­tion the bound­ary be­tween an ex­pe­ri­encer's ac­count and the me­dia, fact and fic­tion. Wed– Mon 10am–7pm. Prices vary by ex­hi­bi­tion. www.gropius­bau.de. Niederkirch­n­er­str. 7. T: 030.254860. U Kochstraße. E4

Mu­seum Berggruen

MUST SEE A can't- miss for Pi­cas­sophiles. The Span­ish pain­ter is the star of this Char­lot­ten­burg mu­seum, which boasts dozens of rooms filled with his paint­ings. The col­lec­tion en­com­passes 75 years of his life and all of his cre­ative phases. Ex­panded in 2013, the mu­seum also fea­tures many fa­mous works by Matisse, Klee, Gi­a­cometti, Van Gogh, Cézanne, and many more. To 12 Mar: Ge­orge Condo. Con­fronta­tion. A ret­ro­spec­tive of the Amer­i­can pain­ter's oeu­vre. Tue– Fri 10am– 6pm. €10/5. www.smb.mu­seum. Schloßstr. 1. T: 030.266424242. U So­phie- Char­lotte- Platz. A3

Mu­seum of Pho­tog­ra­phy

Di­verse and com­pre­he­sive ex­hi­bi­tions cu­rated from the Ber­lin Art Li­brary's vast pho­to­graphic col­lec­tion are housed in a Neo­clas­si­cal 1909 build­ing built for the Prus­sian army's of­fi­cer corps, whose lower two floors are oc­cu­pied by the Hel­mut New­ton Foun­da­tion. To 2 Jul: ‘ The Field Has Eyes…’: Im­ages of the Surveil­lant Gaze. A pre­sen­ta­tion of sur­veil­lance, from the 16th to 20th cen­tury. To 2 Jul: Watch­ing You, Watch­ing Me. A Pho­to­graphic Re­sponse to Sur­veil­lance. Rais­ing im­por­tant ques­tions of the blurred lines be­tween pub­lic and pri­vate in our sur­veil­lance cul­ture. To 14 May: Alice Springs: The MEP Show/Hel­mut New­ton: Yel­low Press/Mart En­ge­len: Por­traits. Por­traits and street pho­tog­ra­phy from Alice Springs, the widow of Hel­mut New­ton; Hel­mut New­ton's pa­parazzi and po­lice pho­tog­ra­phy; and Dutch artist Mart En­ge­len's film noir-in­spired black-and-white por­traits. Tue– Fri 10am– 6pm ( Thu un­til 8pm), Sat–Sun 11am– 6pm. €10/5. www.smb.mu­seum. Jebensstr. 2. T: 030.266424242. S+U Zool­o­gis­cher Garten. C3– C4

Neues Mu­seum

MUST SEE The 3300-year- old bust of Queen Ne­fer­titi is the mu­seum's top at­trac­tion. Ex­am­ine a world-fa­mous Egyp­tian col­lec­tion that in­cludes many im­por­tant pa­pyruses, while hun­dreds of ar­ti­facts re­late early hu­man his­tory. Badly dam­aged dur­ing WWII and left aban­doned un­til the 1980s, the mu­seum re­opened in 2009. Tue– Fri 10am– 6pm ( Thu un­til 8pm), 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

One of Ber­lin's main at­trac­tions, the Perg­a­mon houses the out­come of Ger­many's early-20th­cen­tury 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. The al­tar room is closed for restora­tion through 2019. To 2 Apr: The Her­itage of the An­cient Kings. Cte­siphon and the Per­sian Sources of Is­lamic Art. An ex­hi­bi­tion trac­ing the ori­gins of Is­lamic art and cul­tural her­itage. www.smb. mu­seum. Bode­str. 1-3. T: 030.266424242. S+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

At the Gips­formerei (smb.mu­se­ums) you can buy repli­cas of many sculp­tures held in Ber­lin's mu­se­ums.

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