The bust of Nefertiti, the Pergamon Altar, the (stolen) Troy collection of Schlieman. Yes, Museuminsel is an obvious choice, but with good reason! The island itself is heritage listed, and all the museums there participate in Museum Sunday. This means that you can visit the Pergamon Museum, Bode Museum, Neues Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie and Altes Museum in one go.
- MuseuminselAm Lustgarten, opening hours vary by museum, see here for details
The kid-friendly version of the Jewish Museum across the road, ANOHA’s centerpiece is the wooden arch, with 150 animal sculptures that kids can touch and even feed. It’s incredibly popular, so good luck getting a ticket – we spoke with the museum director a while ago.
- anohaFromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohnplatz 1, website
Home to some of Berlin’s most important modern art, the Berlinerische Galerie regularly hosts some of Europe’s hottest temporary exhibitions. Originally founded in 1975, the gallery has moved several times and has done an excellent job of telling the story of art since 1840. Works span photography, painting, installation, architecture and works of digital arts.
- Berlin galleryAlte Jakobstraße 124-128, website
Humboldt Forum – event in English!
This month, from 11 a.m. to noon, you will discover historic and contemporary Berlin in a global context. Dance in a disco ball, see the iconic door to the Tresor Vault, and marvel at the original lighting of the Palast der Republik.
- Humboldt-ForumSchlossplatz, website
Bröhan-Museum – Exhibition Event!
We’ve already written about the beautiful exhibit celebrating Lucia Moholy, but on Sundays at 10:00am the museum offers a closer look at Moholy’s photographs. Touching is allowed!
- Bröhan MuseumSchloßstraße 1a, website
Deutsche Kinemathek – Film and Television Museum
You can experience over 100 years of German cinema and television at Deutsche Kinemathek. Founded in 1963, you can see everything from the first grainy, jerky footage ever made, through the era of silence, to “talkies” and all the way to contemporary art house cinema. Don’t miss the pre-release versions of Metropolis from 1927.
- Film Museum and Fernsehen BerlinPotsdamer Straße 2, website
An authentic look at the lived experience of the lesbian and transgender gay scene, the Schwules Museum is certainly one of the world’s foremost institutions for researching, preserving and communicating the history and culture of queer communities. . This museum will take you on a journey through the history of the LGBTQI+ community in Berlin. Don’t miss the college/lifestyle magazine archives of the 1990s.
- Schwules MuseumLützowstrasse 73, website
Originally opened in 1830, the “Painting Gallery” hosts many masterpieces of European art, from Botticelli to Rembrandt and even Dürer. Although it lost a large part of its collection during the Second World War and the division of Berlin, anyone wishing to get an overview of important works from the Middle Ages and the early modernist period should definitely take a look. .
- GemäldegalerieMatthäikirchplatz 4-6, website
German Historical Museum
The architecture alone is worth seeing, as the baroque Zeughaus and the modern Pei-Bau showroom are stunning. While the Zeughaus is currently being renovated and won’t reopen until 2025, there’s still plenty to see here. Currently only the Pei-Bau is open, where they present an ever-changing list of temporary exhibits.
- Deutsches Historische MuseumUnter den Linden 2, website
German Museum of Technology Berlin
The Technikmuseum is one of the largest technology museums in Europe, with an area of 26,500 square meters. Visitors can expect exciting and interactive exhibits on ships, planes and trains, as well as communication technologies. They even have a salon that once belonged to Kaiser Willhelm II. We don’t think they let you ride.
- Deutsches TechnikmuseumTrebbiner Straße 9, website
Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum of Contemporary Art
It’s a confusing name, but Hamburger Bahnhof is a staple of contemporary art in Berlin, if not the world. The old station regularly hosts temporary exhibitions and also houses works by artists such as Andy Warhol or Joseph Beuys. Everything from the 1960s to the present day can be found here; Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Hamburger Bahnhof delves into the history of all these styles. There is not only painting but there is also sculpture, video, installation and photography to appreciate and understand.
- Bahnhof BurgerInvalidenstraße 50-51, website
Berlin Natural History Museum
The best way to introduce children to science is with dinosaurs and planets. While they couldn’t cram anything extraterrestrial into the Naturkunde Museum, you can see Tristan, the fully reconstructed T-Rex skeleton (standing an impressive 4 meters tall and 12 meters long) at the “Dinosaurs” now permanent! Exhibition The Age of Giant Lizards. Also see the exhibitions Evolution in Action, Native Birds and Animals and ‘Wet Collection’.
- Museum für NaturkundeInvalidenstraße 43, website
The great artists of the 20th century are at the center of the Neue Nationalgalerie. After six years of construction, the gallery finally reopened in 2021. The new permanent exhibition, The Art of Society, features 250 paintings from the first half of the 20th century by Otto Dix, Hannah Höch, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Paula Modersohn . – Becker. These are, however, only a fraction of their collection of approximately 1,800 works. The temporary exhibitions are always worth a visit too.
- New NationalgaleriePotsdamer Straße 50, website
Musical Instrument Museum
Whether you have musical leanings or not, it’s worth taking a look at the collection of 800 classical instruments on display at the Musical Instrument Museum. Conveniently located next to the Berliner Philharmonie, Berlin’s flagship concert hall and classical mecca, the museum showcases everything from baroque wind instruments to precursors of the synthesizer. Whatever you do, don’t miss Benjamin Franklin’s glass harmonica and Europe’s largest ‘Mighty Wurlitzer’ theater organ.
- Musical Instrument MuseumBen-Gurion-Straße, Tiergarten, website
None of this appealed to you? See a full list here. Fair warning, the list is long. We recommend using the map view or searching for the specific museum.