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Berlin’s museums reflect the complex historical background of the city; spanning antiquity to the present and beyond, they are dedicated to the most various cultural themes, from archaeology to contemporary art, from history to modern architecture and design.

Some of the most renowned institutions are located in the Museuminsel, an island which stands in the heart of the city and in the middle of the Spree river, and possibly the place you should not miss, definitely. The Museuminsel is currently undergoing a major project of renovation and urban redevelopment, aimed to unify all its museums into a coherent ensemble, and to make it one of the largest and most advanced cultural districts in the world.

Yet, we suggest you to take your time and visit also other extraordinary venues across the capital of Germany – such as those located around and inside the Charlottenburg Palace, and in the Kulturforum area -, or the acclaimed Jewish Museum designed by Daniel Libeskind, the equally impressive Topography of Terror, and the outstanding Bauhaus design museum.

Cover image: panoramic view of Gendarmenmarkt square in Berlin; photo by Thomas Keller

museums in Berlin

Alte Nationalgalerie

Alte Nationalgalerie

Berlin - Bodestraße 1-3
closed on: Mondays
The Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) in Berlin is the most important museum of 19th century art, Romanticism, and Impressionism in Germany
Altes Museum

Altes Museum

Berlin - Am Lustgarten
closed on: Mondays
The Altes Museum (Old Museum) in Berlin is a museum of ancient art, world-renowned for its vast collections of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman antiquities
Bauhaus Archive / Museum of Design

Bauhaus Archive / Museum of Design

Berlin - Klingelhöferstraße 14
closed on: Tuesdays
The Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung (Museum of Design) in Berlin is a museum dedicated to the famous Bauhaus school of art, architecture and design
Bode Museum

Bode Museum

Berlin - Am Kupfergraben
closed on: Monday
The Bode Museum is an art museum in Berlin, featuring sculpture, art and numismatics from Antiquity to the 18th century, located in the Museuminsel district
Bröhan-Museum

Bröhan-Museum

Berlin - Schloßstraße 1a
closed on: Mondays, December 24th and 31st
Bröhan-Museum is a museum in Berlin focused on fine and applied arts from the late 19th century to WWII, especially art nouveau, art deco and functionalism
Gemäldegalerie – Berlin

Gemäldegalerie – Berlin

Berlin - Matthäikirchplatz
closed on: Mondays, Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve
The Gemäldegalerie (Picture Gallery) is an art museum, focused on European old master's painting, located in the Kulturforum of Berlin
Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Berlin - John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
closed on: Tuesdays
The Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures) in Berlin is an exhibition center and forum dedicated to international contemporary arts
Jüdisches Museum | Jewish Museum Berlin

Jüdisches Museum | Jewish Museum Berlin

Berlin - Lindenstraße 9-14
closed on: none
The Jüdisches Museum (Jewish Museum) in Berlin is a museum dedicated to 2,000 years of history, culture and traditions of the Jewish communities in Germany
Kunstgewerbemuseum – Kulturforum Berlin

Kunstgewerbemuseum – Kulturforum Berlin

Berlin - Matthäikirchplatz
closed on: Mondays, Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve
The Kunstgewerbemuseum in Berlin is the oldest museum of decorative arts in Germany, with a collection of craft, design and fashion spanning 1,200 years
Museum Berggruen – Berlin

Museum Berggruen – Berlin

Berlin - Schloßstraße 1
closed on: Mondays
The Museum Berggruen in Berlin is one of the most important German museums of modern art, renowned for its works by Picasso, Klee, Matisse, and Giacometti
Museum für Naturkunde

Museum für Naturkunde

Berlin - Invalidenstraße 43
closed on: Monday
The Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin is a Natural History museum in the Mitte borough of the German capital, it is one of the largest of its kind in Germany
Neue Nationalgalerie – Berlin

Neue Nationalgalerie – Berlin

Berlin - Potsdamer Straße 50
closed on: Mondays, currently closed for renovation
The Neue Nationalgalerie is a museum of modern and contemporary art, located in the Kulturforum of Berlin, housed in an iconic building by Mies van der Rohe
Neues Museum

Neues Museum

Berlin - Bodestraße 1-3
closed on: open daily, except Christmas Eve
The Neues Museum (New Museum) in Berlin is a museum focused on art from Prehistory to the Middle Ages, located in the heart of the German capital
Pergamonmuseum

Pergamonmuseum

Berlin - Bodestraße 1-3
closed on: none
The Pergamonmuseum is a archaeological museum located in the Museumsinsel, in central Berlin. The museum is famous for its collection of antique monuments
Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg

Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg

Berlin - Schloßstraße 70
closed on: Mondays
The Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg is an art museum, which holds a large collection focused on Surrealism, located opposite the Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin
Topographie des Terrors – Topography of Terror

Topographie des Terrors – Topography of Terror

Berlin - Niederkirchnerstraße 8
closed on: none
Topographie des Terrors - Topography of Terror in Berlin is a famous museum presenting the history of the Nazi regime's oppression, crimes and persecutions

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Daniel Libeskind | Jewish Museum – part 1

Daniel Libeskind | Jewish Museum – part 1

In April 1989, the winning project for the Jewish Museum in Berlin, a design by Daniel Libeskind, gave rise to a fundamental change of perspective

Daniel Libeskind | Jewish Museum – Part 2

Daniel Libeskind | Jewish Museum – Part 2

The second part of Inexhibit Magazine's article on the Jewish Museum in Berlin by Daniel Libeskind. The Glass Courtyard and the Academy

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Berlin | Anke Röhrscheid, Phenomena in Space at DNA gallery

Berlin | Anke Röhrscheid, Phenomena in Space at DNA gallery

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Natural city museum competition in Berlin by AWR

Natural city museum competition in Berlin by AWR

The Natural City competition by AWR for the design of a new Natural History museum in Berlin, close to the famous Zoological garden of the German capital

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