With more than 100 museums, Berlin is a perfect city for those who love culture and history that packed in a place called the museum. From computer games to the darkly absurd Stasi surveillance methods, Berlin has it all. And consequently, you may feel confused which one is the best museum. Since it’s quite difficult to choose which museum is, here are our recommendation of Top 20 Must Visit Berlin Museums. Let’s check the list!
1. New Museum
New Museum was built by Friedrich August Stüler in the 19th century. He is one of Berlin’s most famous and prolific architects. During World War 2, New Museum was destroyed by boms for years under GDR rule. Finally, New Museum was being restored and reopened by British Architect David Chipperfield in 1999. He used recycled bricks and retaining some original elements to build the new building. There are a vast collection of Egyptian art, classical antiquities, and the Bust of Nefertiti.
Address: Bodestraße, Mitte 10178
Website: New Museum
2. Berlin Wall Memorial
Berlin Wall Memorial is also known as Germany’s most visited museums. With extraordinary reconstructions of archaeological excavations, Berlin Wall Memorial could be the best place to spend your weekend. We can also learn more about Germany since this place has a lot of history.
Address: Bernauer Straße 111, Prenzlauer Berg
Website: Berlin Wall Memoriam
3. Pergamon Museum
Pergamon Museum is also part of must visit Berlin museum.The reconstructions of archaeological excavations including the Pergamon Altar, the Market Gate of Miletus, the Mshatta Facade and the Ishtar Gate and Processional Way from Babylon. Those masterpieces are amazing and interesting. If you love to gaze in awe at something big and decadent, this place is for you.
Address: Bodestraße, Mitte
Website: Pergamon Museum
4. Stasi Museum
Located in the former Stasi HQ, Stasi Museum will bring you back the moment of life under Socialist rule in East Berlin. The visitors can walk around the huge, austere offices and boardrooms, then see the primitive covert surveillance devices here. Seems like a museum is also the best place to learn the history of a country, right? It would be fun and memorable!
Address: Ruschestraße 103, Haus 1, Lichtenberg 10365
Website: Stasi Museum
5. Jewish Museum Berlin
Jewish Museum Berlin was opened in 2001 by world-famous architect Daniel Libeskind. He opened this museum in an old baroque building. There’s a permanent exhibition which focuses on Jewish life in Germany through history, with artworks, texts, and plenty of interactive elements. You can also purchase a piece of art here just with a few Euros.
Address: Lindenstraße 9-14, Kreuzberg 10969
Website: Jewish Museum Berlin
6. Natural History Museum
You will find more than 30 million items here and still continue to this day. If you are wondering how it can be, the answer is because this place is also a research facility and is dedicated to the study of life and earth. The collections include zoology, paleontology, geology, and mineralogy.
Address: Invalidenstraße 43, Mitte 10115
Website: Natural History Museum
7. Museum Berggruen
Though it’s located on the western outskirts of the city, Museum Berggruen is highly recommended to visit. It is home to some seriously impressive works from the likes of Giacometti, Picasso, Klee and Matisse. This Berlin modern art museum is located next door to Charlottenburg Palace, in case you can’t find it on the map. You can go there by taking a fast S-Bahn train from Alexanderplatz in the center taking around 30 minutes.
Address Schloßstraße 1, Charlottenburg 14059
Website: Museum Berggruen
8. Topography of Terror
The next recommendation of Berlin Museum is Topography of Terror. It’s located on the site of Hitler former headquarters. And the good thing about it is: it’s free! It focuses on the terrible crimes that Hitler’s SS committed throughout Europe, not only with photographs and texts but also audio and film recordings.
Address: Niederkirchnerstraße 8, Kreuzberg 10963
Website: Topography of Terror
9. Old National Gallery
Back to the history, the idea of this building was dreamed up by King Friedrich Wilhelm IV. He was the one who imagined a “sanctuary for art and science”. Old National Gallery is a temple-like building home to an amazing art collection. You can see Romantic and Impressionist masterpieces work by Manet, Monet, Cezanne, Schinkel, and also a world-class collection of paintings by German Realist Adolph Menzel.
Address: Bodestraße 10178, Mitte
Website: Old National Gallery
10. Bode Museum
After an extensive renovation, Bode Museum was reopened in 2006. The sculptures in main exhibits include masterpieces such as Donatello’s ‘Pazzi Madonna’ and Antonio Canova’s ‘Dancer’, the iconic ‘Tarquinius und Lucretia’ by Petro Tacca, and German sculpture by Tilman Riemenschneider and Ignaz Günther. There’s also an impressive collection of Byzantine art ranging from the 3rd to the 15th century, including carvings, mosaics, and religious objects.
Address: Am Kupfergraben, Mitte 10117
Website: Bode Museum
11. DDR Museum
By paying €9.50, you’ll get a chance to enjoy the DDR Museum. It paints a fascinating and surprisingly fun and colorful illustration of life in East Berlin before the wall came down. Though it is noisy and quite unexpected, this place is lively and worth to visit. After exploring this place, don’t miss a bottle of East German-style lemony cola (named “Vita Cola”) at the cafe afterward.
Address: Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 1, Mitte 10178
Website: DDR Museum
12. Käthe Kollwitz Museum
The Käthe Kollwitz Museum houses the biggest collection of timeless drawings, etchings, and sculptures. This place is dedicated for one of Germany’s most influential female artists. Located in a grand residential building in West Berlin, the collections will tell you about war, poverty, suffering, and love. This is also worth to visit, right?
Address: Fasanenstraβe 24, Charlottenburg 10719
Admission: €7 (under 18s free, remember your ID!)
Website: Käthe Kollwitz Museum
13. Old Museum
Old Museum is an iconic Neoclassical building that was completed in 1830 which contains the city’s collection of classical antiquities. You can also see works from ancient Greece and the Roman Empire, and one of the largest collections of Etruscan art outside of Italy. Most of all the works are bronzes, urns, statues, ceramics, carved ivory, precious stones, vases and cultural artifacts.
Address: Am Lustgarten 10178, Mitte
Website: Old Museum
14. Deutsche Kinemathek
We all know that Berlin also has the important role in the history of cinema. As the film-making capital of Germany, Berlin pioneered the horror film (with iconic films such as Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari), science fiction (with Metropolis), and was a massive influence on American cinema. You can explore another rich history at the Kinemathek on Potsdamerplatz. It is a very modern film museum that delves back into the origin of the art form.
Address: Potsdamer Straße 2, Mitte 10785
Admission: €7 (Free Thursdays 4-8pm)
15. The Hohenschoenhausen (Stasi Prison)
You don’t have to pay to enter this fascinating and yet frightening museum. The Hohenschoenhausen is former Stasi prison and not much publicised, but worth to visit. Machine gun towers, barbed wire, cells without windows, and also water torture facilities show you a notorious era in Berlin’s history. This place probably becomes your favorite.
Address: Genslerstraße 66, Alt-Hohenschönhausen 13055
Website: Stasi Prison
16. Allied Museum
The Allied Museum in Zehlendorf is also one of the best museums in Berlin. It is the right place to see the actual guard’s booth that was used at Checkpoint Charlie. The museum is located in a former US Army cinema, near what used to the be headquarters of the US Army in Berlin. By visiting this place, you will know what life was like in the Western half of the divided city after the Second World War, when it was occupied by the Americans, British and French, right up to when the Allies withdrew in 1994. Same with others, the Allied Museum is also worth to visit.
Address: Clayallee 135, Zehlendorf 14195
Website: Allied Museum
17. Currywurst Museum
Another good recommendation of Berlin Museum is Currywurst Museum. This museum is dedicated to Berlin’s iconic street food dish. It consists of diced sausage smothered in a curried sauce and served with chips. Sounds delicious, right? In addition, you’ll learn about the history of the dish in the 1940s and what ingredients go into making this snack.
Address: Schützenstrasse 20, Mitte 101117
Website: Currywurst Museum
18. Ramones Museum
Another best museum is Ramones museum. It is a perfect place for fans of the iconic and influential New York rock band. This museum displays over 1000 original artifacts from The Ramones from 1974 to 1996 including posters, unpublished photos, signed memorabilia, stage clothing, instruments, and more. You can also buy a cool Ramones T-shirt in the gift shop.
Address: Oberbaumstraße 5, Kreuzberg 10997
Website: Ramones Museum
19. Computer Games Museum
Opened since 2011, this wonderful museum has over 300 exhibits that will take you from the origins of the video game and the development. Furthermore, this will give you chance to play computer games old and new, including arcade machines of Donkey Kong, Asteroids, and Space Invaders.
Address: Karl-Marx-Allee 93a, Friedrichshain 10243
Website: Computer Games Museum
20. Märkisches Museum
Märkisches Museum shows you about artifacts related to the culture and history of the city. This will give you the experience of strolling through the streets and districts of Berlin. You will also experience how Berlin has changed over the course of several centuries. So, don’t forget to stop by here when you visit Berlin! It’s located on the banks of the Spree.
Address: Am Köllnischen Park 5, Mitte 10179
Website: Märkisches Museum
So, which one is your favorite? Though Berlin museums aren’t always free like most of London museums, what you’re going to pay is worth it. First of all, you have to prepare a good planning and visit more than just one Berlin museums to save you loads of money. There are two options for Berlin Museum Pass, Berlin Museum Island Pass will give you access to the 5 best museums in Berlin for €18, instead of €10-12 each. Then another option is Welcome Card will give you free entry or reduce the entry fee of museums and other attraction. Therefore you better use those Museum Pass to get the best deal!
Originally posted 2017-08-30 14:12:00.