I’m not much of an artist, but if I were a good one, I wouldn’t waste any time and I would pack my back and move to Berlin – THE place in Europe to be if you are an artist. It has over 600 art galleries and around 7,000 artists are currently living in the city, a quarter of which aren’t from Germany. It draws people and artists alike like a magnet and this city truly respects and loves its inhabitants. Berlin’s nightlife is famous throughout Europe and its long history of gay culture makes it one of gay-friendliest place in the world! Some of the most important attractions in Berlin are the museums and in this article I will do my best to accurately list some of the best museums in Berlin.
The DDR Museum is the perfect and family-friendly museum for those who want to learn more about the everyday life in the old East Germany. Ostalgia lies at the heart of the museums – nostalgia for the days of East Germany and it has collections of artifacts, a perfect replica apartment and even a small cinema where state propaganda films are played. The museum is open daily from 10am to 8 pm Monday to Friday and on Sunday from 10am to 10pm. Call the museum at 030 8471 23730 or visit the website here.
Situated on Museum Island, the Pergamon Museums is one of the greatest museums in the world. It’s actually three separate museums under one roof – the Museum of the Ancient Near East, the Collection of Classical Antiquities and the Museum of Islamic Art. The Pièce de résistance is the Pergamum Altar, a Greek temple and gem of the collection. Other amazing objects include a reconstruction of one of the eight gates of Babylon, the Ishtar Gate. You can visit the website here or you can call 030 2664 24242.
Deutsches Historisches Museum
The Deutsche Historisches Museum is the largest museum in Berlin – it has over 10,000 square meters of exhibition space and it is also located on Museum Island. If you want to learn about Germany, its past, present and, why not, its future, then this is where you should go. It is arranged in chronological succession and the details will astound you. Just don’t forget to take a break, as it can really tire you. Open from 10am to 6pm every day. Visit the website here or call this number: 030 203 04444.
One of the best museums in Berlin showcasing German cinema that always been brilliant, the Deutsche Kinemathek shows exactly how brilliant it is. Visit the thirteen rooms and prepare to be blown away by over 1,000 films, scripts and memorabilia. You start with the earliest forms of German cinema, go through some disturbing DDR propagandist productions and stop with the present day productions, offering Marlene Dietrich the coverage she deserves. It is open from 10am to 6 am and you can visit the website here.
The Jewish Museum in the borough of Kreuzberg will get you immersed in the Jewish history and culture and one feature that will help achieve that is the museum’s architecture. Daniel Libeskind is a controversial architect who designed the museums to conjure confusion and despair. It is not only focused on the Holocaust, but the history or the Jews in Europe over the thousands of years. The museum has interactive pieces, documentation and film – it will drain you and evoke all sorts of emotions, but that’s what good museums do. It is open from 10am to 9pm Tuesday to Sunday and on Monday, from 10am to 10 pm. Visit the website for more information.
If you are a sucker for contemporary art, then the Hamburger Banhof will enchant you in many ways. It is a former railway station and it features the works of some of the biggest contemporary artists from the second half of the 20th century. The ground floor of the western side of the museum is dedicated to Joseph Beuys and shows rare works of the artist. It is open from 11am to 6pm from Tuesday to Friday and Sunday and from 11am to 8pm on Saturday. Here is the site for the museum.
I hope I’ve inspired you to visit this wonderful and cultural city and I hope that my list of the best museums in Berlin will serve as a guide in choosing whatever it is you’re looking for. If you’ve enjoyed this article, or if you have any questions, feel free to ask me in a comment.