The EastSeven Berlin Hostel made a TOP 10 of some of the most interesting museums in Berlin….
As the winter is already there, brrrr it has been really cold the last view days, we thought it would be nice to write about things to do in Berlin in the colder seasons. First thing that popped our mind was museums. What better thing to do then to explore one of the many cool museums Berlin knows, and thereby stay warm!
Berlin has over 170 museums and galleries, this doesn’t make it easier for you to choose which museum to visit, does it?! To help you, we created a top 10! Read on and then decide wich museum you want to visit!
Check out our TOP 10:
1.Deutsches Historisches Museum – German Historical Museum Berlin
More than 8,000 exclusive exhibits from the German Historical Museums’ collections, whose historical testimonial value is utterly unique, are displayed over 8,000 square metres, presenting a lively, vivid tableau of bygone days. German history is thereby placed in an international context which takes account of both the diverse events demarcating political and historico-cultural exchange, in addition to its integration with neighbouring states’ cultural heritage
Unter den Linden 2
Daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
31 December 2010: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
1 January 2011: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
2. Altes Museum – Old Museum
The Altes Museum (Old Museum) is infact Berlin’s oldest museum (1830) located in the UNESCO-listed Heritage site known as Berlin’s Museum Island opposite at the Lustgarten (Pleasure Garden). It was built by Karl Friedrich Schinkel – Prussia’s most influential architect – and houses the Classical Antiquities collection, displaying a selection of its with a selection of its Greek and Roman holdings.
Am Lustgarten 1
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 10 am -6 pm, Thu 10 am -10 pm Admission Fee: 8,- Euro, red. 4,- Euro
3. Alte Nationalgalerie – Old National Gallery
The Alte National Galerie (Old National Gallery) houses one of the most important collections of 19th century painting in Germany and includes masterpieces by Caspar David Friedrich, Adolph Menzel Edouard Manet Claude Monet, not to mention Auguste Renoir and Auguste Rodin. Amongst the most important highlights are K D Friedrichs “Der Mönch am Meer” (from 1810) Arnold Bröcklin’s “Die Toteninsel (1883), Adolph Menzel’s “Flotenkonzert Friedrich des Großen in Sanssouci” (1852) and Edouard Manet’s “Im Wintergarten” (1979).
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 10 am -6 pm, Thu 10 am -10 pm Admission Fee: 8,- Euro, red. 4,- Euro
4. Neue Nationalgalerie – New National Gallery
Twentieth-century masters to be seen here include Cubists Picasso, Gris and Léger, Surrealists Ernst, Dalí and Miró, Bauhaus instructors Klee and Kandinsky, and Expressionists such as those from Die Brücke group, Heckel, Schmidt-Rottluff, and Kirchner, whose “Potsdamer Platz” is a must-see for a historic look at Berlin.
Potsdamer Str. 50
Opening Hours: Tue-Fri 10 am -6 pm, Thu 10 am -10 pm, Sat-Sun 11
5. Pergamon Museum
One of the most popular attractions in Berlin, the Pergamon Museum is world famous for its archaeological holdings. The Pergamon, located on Museum Island, is really three museums in one – the Collection of Classical Antiquities (also on display in the Old Museum), the Museum of the Ancient Near East, and the Museum of Islamic Art. The Pergamon Museum’s monumental highlights are truly breathtaking to behold.
Am Kupfergraben 5
Opening Hours: daily 10 am -6 pm, Thu 10 am -10 pm
Admission Fee: 8,- Euro, red. 4,- Euro
6. Stiftung Topographie des Terrors – Topography of Terror
It was the center of Nazi terror and power between 1933 and 1945; now this stretch of land next to the Martin Gropius Bau and not far from Potsdamer Platz is dedicated to documenting the chilling and murderous strategies, plans and actions of the Gestapo, SS and security branch of the Third Reich which were all once headquartered here.
Opening Hours: October-April: daily 10 am -6 pm
May-September: daily 10 am -8 pm
7. Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin with Science Center Spectrum
Berlin’s German Museum of Technology is one of the most popular museums in the city and provides great family entertainment. It is a hands-on, activity-oriented fun tour of the cultural history of technology
With the new Aeronautic and Space Collection opened in spring 2005, “why is the sky blue?” this and many other questions are answered in the SPECTRUM Science Center (entrance Möckernstr. 26). Over 250 experiments illustrating phenomena of acoustics, optics, electricity, thermodynamics, radioactivity, etc., playfully demonstrate the fundamentals of science and technology.
Trebbiner Straße 9
Opening Hours: Tue-Fri 9 am -5.30 pm; Sat, Sun und public holidays 10 am-6 pm
Admission Fee: 4,50 Euro, red. 2,50 Euro
8. Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer, Mauergedenkstätte – Berlin Wall Monument
The Dokumentationzentrum Berliner Mauer is a documentation centre dedicated to the Berlin Wall, part of the preserved monuments at the Bernauer Strasse site in Berlin-Wedding. It includes three elements: an authentic remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall, the Kapelle der Versöhnung (Reconciliation Chapel) and a Documentation Centre. For those fascinated by the Berlin Wall here is a vast amount of information and special documentation relating specifically to its historical and political background.
Bernauer Strasse 111
April – October 10 am – 6 pm
November – March 10 am – 5 pm
9. Museum The Kennedys
The Kennedys’ museum, situated opposite the Brandenburg Tour on Berlin’s Pariser Platz, across the square from the new American Embassy building which was inaugurated on July 4, 2008 is a testament to the relationship between John F. Kennedy, the 35th US President, the Kennedy family and Berlin.
JFK was given an enthusiastic reception in Berlin on June 26, 1963 when he saw for himself the reality of the Berlin Wall, erected two years before. “Ich bin ein Berliner”, the words with which he addressed Berliners at Schoneberg Rathaus (City Hall) were possibly JFK’s most famous quotes and an inspiration to the world.
Pariser Platz 4a
Opening Hours: daily 10 am -6 pm Admission Fee: 7,- Euro, red. 3,50 Euro
10. Ramones Museum Berlin
Punk rock legends The Ramones come from New York, but their biggest fan might just be from Berlin. Florian Hayler collected hundreds of Ramones-related items, and attended more than 100 Ramones concerts, then decided to collect his expertise and souvenirs in a museum. It debuted in 2005, a year after the death of founding band member Johnny Ramone.
Opening Hours: Tue-Thu 8.30 am-6 pm, Fri 8.30 am -8 pm, Sat 10 am -8 pm, Sun 12-6 pm
Admission Fee: 3,50 Euro
I hope this will make you help to decide which museums in Berlin you want to visit! So if you are planning to visit Berlin you are more than welcome to stay at the central located hostel in Berlin, EastSeven.
See you soon in Berlin!!!