Museums and Galleries
Our selection for 2014/2015 of Berlin’s best museums and art galleries. Those marked * below are closed Mondays, except on public holidays.
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Please note: the information below is regularly updated but opening times can change, often at very short notice.
Old National Gallery (Alte Nationalgalerie), Bodestrasse 1-3, Museum Island
Outstanding collection of 19th C. art – in particular the German Romantics, but also French Impressionists. Tues-Sun 10am-6pm, Thurs till 10pm.
See this imposing building on our » Discover Berlin walk.
New National Gallery (Neue Nationalgalerie), Matthäikirchplatz 4/6
This Mies van der Rohe-designed gallery houses changing exhibits of 20th C. art, often showing Berlin Expressionists. Tues-Sun 10am-6pm, Thurs till 10pm.
Picture Gallery (Gemäldegalerie), Matthaikirchplatz 4/6
One of the world's finest collections of 13th-18th C. European art; includes works by Bruegel, Caravaggio, Dürer, and Rembrandt. Tues-Sun 10am-6pm, Thurs 'til 10pm
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum for the Present (Museum für Gegenwart), Invalidenstrasse 50-51
Contemporary art gems on show in a former railway station, supplemented with revolving exhibitions from the Flick collection in the buildings next door. Tues-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm.
Charlottenburg Palace - New Wing (Neuer Flügel), Spandauer Damm 20-24
Rococo interiors and the largest collection of 18th C. French art outside of France – largely acquired by Frederick the Great. Wed-Mon 10am-6pm (5pm, Nov.-Mar.). Note: closed Tuesdays!
ANCIENT HISTORY AND ANTIQUES
Join the » Discover Berlin walk and admire all three of the museum buildings below:
Pergamon Museum (Pergamonmuseum), Am Kupfergraben, Museum Island
A stunning collection: see the Pergamon Altar, a masterpiece of Hellenistic art, as well as the awe-inspiring Ishtar Gate. Daily (incl. Mondays) 10am-6pm, Thurs till 9pm.
New Museum (Neues Museum), Bodestr. 1-3, Museum Island
Home of the Egyptian collection with its star exhibit, the 3,350 year old Bust of Nefertiti. A recently renovated museum with striking 19th and 21st C. architecture. Also houses the Museum of Prehistory.
Sun-Wed 10am-6pm, Thurs-Sat 10am-8pm.
Old Museum (Altes Museum), Am Lustgarten, Museum Island
This masterpiece of neo-classicism contains the high quality antiquities collection, such as the ancient Greek bronze “Praying Boy”. Daily (incl. Mondays) 10am-6pm, Thurs till 10pm.
Wall Museum at Checkpoint Charlie (Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie)
Friedrichstrasse 43-45, The Wall – history and incidents. Original objects from successful escapes under, over and above ground. World-wide non-violent struggle for human rights, open daily 9am – 10pm.
Go early or late in the day! We finish our » Discover Berlin walk close to this museum.
FREE Audio Guide with the attached voucher!
The Story of Berlin, Kurfürstendamm 207-208
Located on the Kurfürstendamm, this museum displays 800 years of the city’s history in an interactive manner (approx. two hours). A guided tour through a nuclear fallout-shalter is included in the entrance fee, open daily.
* Berlin Wall Documentation Center (Dokumentationszentrum Berliner Mauer), Bernauer Strasse 111
Opposite the official Wall Memorial, the Center has an excellent photo collection on the building of the Wall. The poignant Chapel of Reconciliation in the former Death Strip is nearby. Explore this area with us on our » Cold War walk. Tues-Sun 9:30am-7pm (6pm Nov.-Mar.). Free admission.
Jewish Museum (Jüdisches Museum Berlin), Lindenstrasse 9-14
This Daniel Libeskind-designed museum is an extraordinary work of sculpture in its own right; the exhibit presents the rich contribution of German Jewry to German society over centuries A short walk from the end of our » Discover Berlin walk. daily 10am-8pm (Mon till 10pm). Take into account the time required for the security check!
German Historical Museum (Deutsches Historiches Museum), Unter den Linden 2,
Excellent historical exhibition in the former armoury building charting the highs and lows of 2000 years of German history. Special exhibitions in the breathtaking extension designed by Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei. See the armoury on our » Discover Berlin walk. daily (incl. Mondays) 10am-6pm.
* Information Centre, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas), Cora-Berliner-Strasse 1
The Information Centre charts the history of the Holocaust, with moving exhibits showing, for example, how family groups from all over Europe were destroyed by Nazi persecution and genocide. Tues-Sun 10am-8pm (7pm Oct.-Mar.), free admission. Note: the Memorial itself is open 24/7; walk through it with us on our » Discover Berlin walk.
Topography of Terror (Topographie des Terrors), Niederkirchnerstrasse 8
Site of the SS and Gestapo (secret police) headquarters, now a permanent memorial to the victims of the Nazis. Permanent photographic exhibition supplemented with temporary exhibitions. We walk you through this site on our » Third Reich tour., daily (incl. Mondays) 10am-8pm. Free admission.