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History and Art Museums in Berlin, Germany and their admission fee (free entry museums are also listed)

Updated on August 1, 2012

In this small article, I will guide you through some of the best Museums of Berlin. Berlin has a lot of history to share with us. The remains of the world war, Jewish persecutions, Nazi regime, DDR, Berlin Wall and so on.

I have also included the address of the Museums and the entry fees. Note that most of the Museums in Berlin have FREE entry on Thursday after 18.00 hrs. In all other days you have to pay around 5-20 Euro, depending on the Museum. However, there are also some Museums that have FREE entry.

If you are a low budget traveler, my suggestion is to visit all these FREE entry Museums on normal days and visit the most expensive museums on Thursday evening.

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Kentrosaurus, Berlin Museum of Natural History
Kentrosaurus, Berlin Museum of Natural History | Source

1. Berlin’s Academy of Arts: It was founded in 1696 and is one of the oldest and most prestigious cultural institutions. It was here that the Nazi architect Albert Speer had modeled the Hitler’s vision for Berlin as the capital Germania. Its core departments include the Fine Arts, architecture, music, literature, theatre and film studies and more recently media design.

Address: Akademie der Künste Pariser Platz, Pariser Platz 4,10117 Berlin

2. Allied Museum: It documents the history of the Western occupying powers during the Cold War era in Berlin from 1945 up to 1989. Here you can see documentation about reconstruction of the Berlin Spy Tunnel, an Allied intelligence and tapping device; the original guard cabin from the crossing point 'Checkpoint Charlie and a GDR guard tower from the Wall’s perimeter and the world famous ‘Candy Bomber’. The war time airplane on display, a British Hastings TG 503, can be visited from April to November. (Berlin weather is unpredictable, so if u are lucky u can see).

Entry is FREE.

Address: Alliierten-Museum, Clayallee 135, 14195 Berlin.

3. Old National Gallery: This museum has most important collections of 19th century painting in Germany and includes masterpieces by Caspar David Friedrich, Adolph Menzel Edouard Manet Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir and Auguste Rodin. 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).

Address: Bodestr. 1-3, 10178, Berlin.

Admission fees is around 8 Euro

4. Old Museum: This is Berlin’s oldest museum (1830) located in the UNESCO-listed Heritage site known as Berlin’s Museum Island opposite to Pleasure Garden. It has the Classical Antiquities collection, displaying a selection of its with a selection of its Greek and Roman holdings.

Address: Am Lustgarten 1, 10178, Berlin.

An admission fee is around 8 Euro.

5. Anne Frank Centre: The exhibition “Anne Frank – A Story for Today” is housed in the Haus Schwarzenberg a lively cultural centre. It was in this house that businessman Otto Weidt provided a safe house for persecuted Jews at the height of the Nazi deportations, in his workshop for the blind.

Address: Anne Frank Zentrum, Rosenthaler Straße 39, 10178 Berlin.

Cost around 5 Euro. They have a family ticket for 10 Euro.

6. Bauhaus Archive/Museum of Design: This museum documents the history and impact of the Bauhaus movement, also known as Bauhaus Workshop, founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar. It became one of the 20th century’s most influential schools of architecture, art and design.

Address: Klingelhöferstr. 14 10785 Berlin

Fees around 8 Euro

7. The Berlin Gallery: This is a unique, Berlin-focussed, multi-disciplinary collection bringing together Fine Art, Photography and Architecture.

Address: Berlinische Galerie Alte Jakobstraße 124-128 10969 Berlin

Fees: around 6 Euro

8. The Baroque Bode Museum: It was designed by court architect Ernst von Ihne under Kaiser Wilhelm II. The museum’s collections include the sculpture collection with works of art from the middle ages to the 18th century. It has the halls devoted to the Italian Renaissance with the glazed terracottas by Luca della Robbia and other masterworks from Donatello, Desiderio da Settignano and works from the German late Gothic school.

Address: Bode-Museum Monbijoustr. 3 10117 Berlin

Fees: Around 8 Euro

9. The Brohan Museum: This is the museum of fine arts. It has Karl Bröhan’s (1921-2000) furniture and furnishings in the decorative styles ranging from Art Nouveau to Art Deco.

Address: Bröhan-Museum Schloßstr. 1a, gegenüber Schloß Charlottenburg 14059 Berlin

Fees: Around 8 Euro

10 . The Brücke Museum: It is dedicated to the work of the artist group known as ‘Die Brücke’.

Address: Bussardsteig 9 14195 Berlin

Fees: Around 4 Euro

11. Golden-domed New Synagogue: It is the largest Synagogue of its day and seating over 3,000 people. It was attacked by Nazi during the 1938. Largely destroyed by Allied bombs in 1943 and then demolished as it had become a ruin during the GDR, the restored Synagogue was finally inaugurated in 1995.

Address: Oranienburger Str. 28-30 10117 Berlin

Fees: Around 3 Euro. Please note that the Synagogue is closed on Saturdays and Jewish holidays for visits.

12. DDR Museums: Features of the everyday life in DDR (German Democratic Republic) is documented here. How does it feel to live under surveillance? Whose nickname was Sudel Ede? How comfortable was a flat in the typical Plattenbau – the concrete slab prefabricated housing blocks common in the GDR - and how did it feel sit at the steering wheel of the tiny Trabant? Visit the musium and find it yourself.

Address: Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 1 10178 Berlin

Fees: Around 5 Euro.

13. Berlin’s Deutscher Dom: Remember, this is not Berliner Dome. It is the largest protestant church in Berlin. The Deutscher Dom was erected in 1708 under Elector Friedrich III, who had crowned himself King Friedrich I in 1701 and was intent, along with his wife Queen Sophie Charlotte, in turning Berlin into a royal residence to rival Versailles.

Address: Gendarmenmarkt 1 ,10117 Berlin

Fees: FREE admission

14. German Historical Museum: You can see the German History in Pictures and Documents.

Address: Unter den Linden 2 ,10117 Berlin

Fees: 5 Euro.

15. German Museum of Technology: The developments in transport, communication and energy technologies are presented in a total of 14 sections . Some of the highlights include a hall of vintage locomotives, a reconstruction of the world’s first computer from 1938, Konrad Zuse’s Z1 a new aviation wing covering 200 years of German flight adventure from Hot Air Balloons to the Berlin Airlift including the Rosinenbomber (Candy bomber), after the pilot who threw sweets down for Berlin’s children. You can also find early film projectors while the Manufacturing Technology Department exhibits the transmission belt driven machinery and an example of the first mass-produced products such as the 1920s suitcase.

Address: Trebbiner Straße 9 , 10963 Berlin

Fees: around 5 Euro

FREE.

East German Stasi Prison and torture cell in Berlin

George Bush at Madame Tussauds Berlin
George Bush at Madame Tussauds Berlin | Source

16. The Documentation Center Berlin Wall : This center is dedicated to the Berlin Wall. It includes three elements: an authentic remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall,Reconciliation Chapel and a Documentation Centre. For those who like to know more about the Berlin Wall here is a vast amount of information and special documentation relating specifically to its historical and political background.

Address: Bernauer Str. 111 , 13355 Berlin

Fees: FREE admission

17. STASI prison: It reveals the reality of life under the Stasi – GDR’s secret police. It is a reminder of the fate of the thousands who fell victim, as prisoners of conscience, to political persecution in the former East Germany although many amongst the incarcerated had committed no crime.

Address: Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen , Genslerstr. 66 , 13055 Berlin

Fees: Around 4 Euro. Admission is free on Monday

18. Checkpoint Charlie Museum: Checkpoint Charlie was the best known border-crossing of the Cold War days. Its famous sign YOU ARE NOW LEAVING THE AMERICAN SECTOR situated here became one of the iconic images of political and territorial division by the Berlin Wall and can now be seen exhibited in the museum.

Address: Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, Mauermuseum , Friedrichstr. 43-45 , 10969 Berlin

Fees: Damp expensive 12 Euro

19. Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church: It is an anti-war memorial to peace and reconciliation. Following Allied bombing during WWII, the original, west tower has remained standing as a ruin and is referred to as the “hollow tooth” it is literally an empty husk. This is the only building on the square which was spared by the bombing and deliberately preserved as partly a ruin.

Address: Kurfürstendamm 237 , 10719 Berlin

20. Museum of Prints and Drawings: It holds one of the world’s most complete collections of illuminated manuscripts and the art of paper illustration. As one of the most important graphic art museums in the world it spans an astounding array of 1,000 years of art, culture and media history ranging from high Middle-Ages’ codices – the codex was the first modern form of book to replace scrolls - to contemporary art.

Address: Matthäikirchplatz 8 , 10785 Berlin

Fees: Around 8 Euro

21. Madame Tussauds: Berlin’s version of this wax menagerie of notable people. They also have Hitler. Wax figures include a few American presidents, Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud, and musical legends from Ludwig van Beethoven to Tokio Hotel. If you want to say "Hello " to Hilter orAlbert Einstein , you can do it here.

Address: Unter den Linden 74 , 10117 Berlin

Fees: Vey expensive Around 19 Euro

22. Museum The Kennedys: It is a testament to the relationship between John F. Kennedy, the 35th US President, the Kennedy family and Berlin.We should remember that Kennedy was president at a time when the Cold War was intensifying and the building of the Berlin Wall as well as the dramatic stand-off between US and Soviet tanks in October 1961 at Checkpoint Charlie when a Third World War became foreseeable.“Ich bin ein Berliner” ( I am a Berliner), the words with which he addressed Berliners at Schoneberg City Hall was possibly JFK’s most famous quotes and an inspiration to the world.

Address: Pariser Platz 4a , 10117 Berlin

Fees: Around 7 Euro

23. The natural and scientific features of Berlin: Kids favorate museum. It is not opened every day. They have special exhibitions in the Fall and Spring of each year.

Address: Naturwissenschaftliche Sammlung , Schloßstr. 69a , 14059 Berlin

Free admission

24. Pergamon museum: It is the most popular attractions in Berlin, the Pergamon Museum is world famous for its archaeological holdings. It 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.

In the Collection of Classical Antiquities, the 2nd century BC Pergamon Altar, considered a Hellenistic masterpiece, has a frieze depicting a battle between the Gods and the Giants; the Market Gate of Miletus shows an important example of Roman architecture.

The Pergamon Museum’s monumental highlights are truly breathtaking to behold.

Address: Am Kupfergraben 5 , 10178 Berlin

Fees: 8 Euro

DDR museum-Berlin (Sorry it is in German)

Madame Tussauds Museum

25. Topography of Terror: It was the central location from which the Nazis palnned and managed most of their crimes.

Address: Niederkirchnerstr. 8 , 10963 Berlin

Fees: FREE.

Pergamon Museum Berlin Babylon Castle Ishtar Gate

Einstein at Madame Tussauds Berlin
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26. Sugar Museum: In 1747, in Berlin, German chemist Andreas Sigismund Marggraf developed the extraction of sugar from beets. Following his advances, in 1867 the first sugar institute in the world was founded in the city; this museum followed in 1904 in Berlin’s Wedding district.

Address: Amrumer Str. 32 , 13353 Berlin

Fees: FREE

Some other museums are Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin, Museum of Ethnology, Freilichtmuseum Domäne Dahlem (open air museum), The Friedrichwerdersche Church, Hanf Museum Berlin, The Memorial and Educational Site House of the Wannsee Conference, Heinrich Zille Museum, Jewish Museum Berlin, Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum Berlin, Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz, Kunstgewerbemuseum, Labyrinth Children's Museum, Liebermann-Villa at Wannsee, Märkisches Museum, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Museum Berggruen, Museum Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt, Museum Ephraim-Palais.

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