15 Best Museums in Berlin

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Bode Museum

When the Berlin Wall fell during the early 1990s, many institutions came into question. Some were dismantled, but others were simply left to fall apart.

The Bode Museum was once the location where thousands of East German citizens were kept and closely monitored.

During the 90s, the museum was abandoned. Receiving no visitors, the museum was covered in mold and graffiti. When no one was interested in coming to see what type of waste filled the building, small animals began to get comfortable there.

Years later, years of restoration took place, and the building was re-opened in 2008. It now welcomes visitors.

This museum is filled with intricate artwork, furniture, art, and porcelain.

One of the over 300 galleries of the Bode Museum is the Egyptian Gallery. This was the first museum of its kind for ancient Egyptian antiquities. The museum was made possible when König Friedrich Wilhelm III Friedrich, opened his famous collection of Egyptian antiquities.

One of the greatest exhibits is a large portion of the mummy of Ramses III.

Another notable exhibit is the Asian-Tropical Museum. This is filled with Asian and African artwork.

Beginning in 1951, the Berlin Wall was built between the Soviet and American sectors of the city. Mona Lisa, El Greco, and pieces from the Bode Museum have all fallen victim to the rulers of this wall.

Game Science Center

The Game Science Center Berlin is a brand new interactive game museum, it is located in the southern part of the city. The museum is perfect for kids because it is designed to inspire interaction and creativity and includes three floors of exhibits with a special focus on video games.

The biggest attraction here is the Game Lab that features over a hundred playable video games, which you can operate by either using a controller or your own gestures on the screen. You'll find some classics on the Game Lab menu, like Counter Strike, Grand Theft Auto V and Sid Meier's Civilization V.

Be sure to check out the workshop where artists and programmers use game technology as a source for creativity and innovation, and show how new games are developed.

Gamers can test their skills in the main hall where they can challenge each other in pool tables or vintage arcade games for prizes.

Also featuring a museum cafe called Black Sun, with the motto "game on!" and a special focus on the worlds of board games, role-playing games, science fiction and fantasy.

Aside from the exhibitions, gamers can attend workshops and lectures, many of them focusing on socially important issues like cyberbullying, political violence and computer game addiction.

There are also a lot of special events, such as concerts, master classes and tournaments for video games. The Game Science Center is open daily from 10am to 6pm.

Alte Nationalgalerie

The Alte Nationalgalerie is located on the Pariser Platz in central Berlin and was opened to the public on January 13, 1870. Since then, the museum has grown into a extensive collection of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and sculptures.

The collection was initially formed to house paintings and drawings that were previously housed in the Altes Museum. Of course, much of the collection is from Germany, but the museum has also acquired art from all around the world.

Today, the museum is divided into different collections. The principal collection of paintings and drawings is organized by the thematic museums of world art. These include the French Art of the 19th and 20th Centuries, British Arts and Crafts, German Arts and Crafts, Islamic Art, Oriental Arts, and the Fine Arts of North America, South America, and Oceania.

These museums have the most comprehensive of their type in the world.

The museum also holds a conference room, and a small gallery, called the Klassik GALerie. In addition, the Alte Nationalgalerie has a collection of paintings by Italian masters such as Raphael, and up to the mid-16th century. Also, the museum has a small collection of paintings by the Flemish and Dutch masters.

It has an extensive collection of Cypriot and Ancient Egyptian art. The museum also has a separate collection of Asian paintings.

Classic Remise Berlin

The Classic Remise Berlin and Hirschgürtel was a luxury automobile showroom in the 1920s, and today it has been converted into a wonderful museum.

It’s just one of the many cars, which from the 1920s to the 1950s covered the city in diesel and gasoline fumes. They’re still present in the city today: the German word for bus is a high-end “mobility concept” –kleine Busse,” but the big ones are Toyota Camrys. This diversity of traffic makes this a wonderful museum.

Some of the antique vehicles are associated with the motor-city culture of Berlin and some are from the artist/collector German Kluge (who made the museum possible by providing a home for the 200 cars that were either abandoned or from collectors in other cities, including the automobile-producing Leipzig region.)

This place fascinates. If you’re into cars and people, it’s a wonderful place to spend an entire afternoon.

Stasi Museum

Stasi Museum is about as dark as it gets when it comes to museums. The museum itself is creepy, and the history of the Stasi is pretty awful.

The Stasi was the secret police of the former East German regime that lasted from 1949 to 1989. They were the government’s secret eyes, ears and even hands to snoop on the entire population.

Today, the Stasi Museum tells visitors about their tactics to keep the residents of East Germany scared, confused and obedient.

The museum website states, ″ Opening times: Tuesday-Friday 10:00am-6:00pm, Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm, Sunday 10:00am- 6:00pm Dogs must be kept on a leash on the Museum’s premises. As the Stasi Museum is located in Berlin’s GDR ″ ″ perimeter zone, dogs are banned from inside the Stasi headquarters. No saddles for horses…″

The Stasi Museum has a lot of dark history that makes it an interesting place to visit.

However, despite the surrounding darkness and the painful history, this museum is very informative. It tells you about the mechanics of the surveillance operations, which is important as you can learn from the mistakes from the past.

Museum fur Naturkunde

The Museum of Biology is located in Günserndorf, a quarter in the southwestern part of Berlin. The museum is a branch of the Berlin Natural History Museum. The museum is a modern building with an aquatic design, which includes a main building, a conference center and a greenhouse.

The aquatic design won the architectural competition by a large margin and it has a waterfall that is not on the actual building. In a way, the building is a fish aquarium itself. The design is very impressive and the whole building is filled with water, which is very refreshing during a hot Berlin summer.

The collection of the museum contains 65,000 preserved items, including seaweeds and taxidermied birds. It is possible to admire such animals as tigers, elephants, and a giraffe. It is also possible to have a biodiversity tour through the museum.

One of the most interesting exhibitions is the caesarian section, the gallery dedicated to "Mother Nature" services, which can no longer be provided by the "Parent" herself. The gallery exhibits a fetus of an animal, the species of which no longer exists in the world. One of the famous examples is the skull of the thawed woolly mammoth.

Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin

This museum explains the historical development of technology and technology-related goods and services, and those of significant social, cultural and political importance.

If you’re interested in the history of how the modern world is presented, come to the museum. There are more than 20,000 artefacts in the collection, including cars, buildings, computers, tools, technical appliances, and a lot more.

The museum also has an important archive.

Even though the museum is more than 100 years old, it was recently restored. It is now in its brand-new building on the eastern side of Berlin, which was purposely constructed as a contemporary building with post-futurist architecture.

Palace of Tears

German Historical Museum

The German Historical Museum is one of Berlin’s finest and largest museums. In addition to the wealth of artifacts it houses, it also hosts many themed exhibitions throughout the year.

Exhibits range from space travel history to important pieces of art as well as part of the historical history of Germany. One of the most impressive exhibits is a collection of cavalry regalia. These include scale armor, helmets, heraldic devices and much more.

Even though the museum is in Berlin, it is quite different from other museums in the city. There is no air conditioning and the temperature has to be regulated to a certain degree to keep the exhibits from evaporating.

The building itself is also an important part of the museums collection. It was built by the Prussian architect Paul Gerhardt in 1710.

The museum was founded when Paul Gerhardt’s collection was donated to the city in 1827 and in the 1930’s the building acquired a model of a Universal Exhibition pavilion. The exhibition was funded and inspired by the Prussian politicians Otto von Bismarck and Wilhelm von Humboldt. The building was later redesigned by Leopold Schmidt in 1918 and is still in the original state today.

You can find the German Historical Museum in Berlin Grunewaldstrasse 5. It is open every day from 10 AM to 8 PM and it is free of charge.

Gemaldegalerie

Gemütlichkeiten (literally, -comforts) are one of the three sections of Gemütlichkeiten, a German art museum in Berlin’s Wilmersdorf district. The other two sections are The National Gallery and Museum of the Decorative Arts.

The museum has a fine collection of works by artists including noted goldsmiths Silhouette brothers from the 19th century, and works by Gottfried Fischer and Eduard Pfeiffer. The most famous object housed in Gemaldegalerie is a bronze butterfly by Constantin Meunier, which once graced the front of a Parisian candy shop (when in Paris).

Several rooms in the museum are recreations of historic rooms in Berlin’s city life during the second half of 19th century, including one with life-size figures of working people, another with a picture gallery, and a third with a library.

There are also some rotating and temporary exhibitions.

In Back to Infosleeper's Reject Program, the Gemaldegalerie ranks as the number one reject.

Jewish Museum Berlin

DDR Museum

(Deutsches Technikmuseum)

This was until the reunification of Germany the largest technical museum in the world. Hat is the historical building at its former site in Schützenstrasse, today one of the largest buildings in Berlin and was home to the public what was for decades with a car museum and today is the world’s largest museum of technology. This is also the only European museum to be listed on the UNESCO World History of Technological Movement list.

Number 4 of our 15 best museums in Berlin is the DDR Museum.

DDR Museum (Deutsches Technik Museum) is a non-governmental institution, founded in 1994 under the name German Museum of Technology. The museum was opened on August 2, 1996, and it consists of a large exhibition hall presenting most of the former East German technical and industrial achievements, a library that houses a collection of more than 3,000 books and brochures, and a cafeteria and a souvenir shop.

In 1996, the German Museum of Technology was still the only place in Berlin and Germany that carried the full weight of "glorifying the technological achievements of the German Democratic Republic", as it was known. After the reunification, the newly founded Federal Republic of Germany founded West-East Museum to be an "archive of history of the German Democratic Republic."

Neues Museum

If you only have one day to check out museums, spend your afternoon at *Neues Museum**. The building designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel is easily one of the most important and beautiful in Berlin. The main exhibition is about European archeology, especially about the primeval and historical aspects of Berlin.

Don't know about you, but if I go to a museum, I always take a lot of pictures and I love looking into the details. That's why the museum of the new building is amazing.

And the building is wonderful. You can also check out the Alte Museum that is linked with the Neues Museum. The building dates back to the first half of the 18th century and houses the classic museum. It’s more than just a museum, it’s an open-air gallery, with landscaped paths, a playground and cafes. Basically, a park!

The contribution of the museum to the city is infinite and it is one of the most important and beautiful buildings in the center of Berlin.

Topography of Terror

Pergamon Museum