30th Long Night of Museums

30th Long Night of Museums

70 museums celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of Frederick the Great.

– © Kulturprojekte Berlin

Twice a year around 70 museums and exhibition houses in Berlin will be opening their doors for a special night of exhibitions. The Long Night of Museums with its thousands of visitors is an established feature in Berlin’s cultural landscape. On 28th January the exhibition houses are all dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. The wide-ranging programme is accompanied by thematic tours, workshops, films and concerts. The museums often even have programme guides in the English language.

300 years of Frederick the Great

On 24th January 2012, Berlin and Brandenburg will be looking back on a common historic jubilee: the 300th anniversary of Frederick the Great. An occasion that will be celebrated by numerous events in the course of the year, but dominated by the main “Frederisiko” exhibition which presents the life and works of Frederick in the Neues Palais in the Sanssouci Park at Potsdam. The official birthday celebrations will be held in the form of a ceremony in the Berlin Konzerthaus (Concert House).

Diverse programmes in the jubilee year

The 30th Long Night of Museums will also be focusing on Frederick the Great by presenting a wide-ranging collection of historical artefacts and programmes. The Music Instrument Museum is presenting the exhibition Friedrichs Montezuma. Macht und Sinne in der preußischen Hofoper (Frederick’s Montezuma. Power and Senses in the Prussian Court Opera). Montezuma is a work by the German composer Carl Heinrich Graun, who also composed an opera especially for Frederick’s wedding, a service which led to him being appointed as Frederick’s favourite kapellmeister. The programme will be rounded off by Hanns Zischler reciting Montezuma literarisch.

Small museums, extraordinary themes

Surprises will also be provided by promising programmes from smaller museums. The Berlin Puppentheater (Dolls’ Theatre) is presenting Mozart operas on the marionette stage, while the special exhibition Friedrich der Große und der gewöhnliche Hanf (Frederick the Great and the common hemp) in the Hanf Museum Berlin will deal with the role played by hemp in the Frederick’s time, including his personal relationship with the then common-or-garden product. You can also enjoy hemp waffles and hemp tea there. In Des Teufels Pferdefuß (The Devil’s Cloven Hoof) the Museum der Unerhörten Dinge (Museum of Incredible Things) will explain how the devil came to have a horse hoof.

New museums taking part

The Tränenpalast is taking part for the first time with its exhibition GrenzErfahrungen. Alltag der deutschen Teilung (Border Experiences. Daily life in the Division of Germany), which will throw light on everyday life in East and West Germany with biographical examples and almost 500 exhibits. The Kelle Film Academy is a private film school, housing a collection of historical film cameras, and offers conducted tours through the hundred-year-old history of the development of film camera technology. The Historiale Berlin Museum uses multi-media exhibits to offer an all-round perspective journey of the history of Berlin. Audio guides in ten languages lead you through a total of 30 stations on the way.


Combi-tickets for the 30th Long Night of Museums include use of the shuttle bus routes as well as arrival and departure by BVG and S-Bahn in the ABC tariff zone. Available in the Berlin Tourist Info offices at the Brandenburg Gate, Hauptbahnhof (Main Railway Station) and in the Kranzler Eck as well as at all museums taking part, the theatre box offices (plus booking fee), the travel ticket sales offices, customer centres and travel ticket machines. The combi-ticket costs 15.00 Euros (discount price 10.00 Euros). Admittance for children up to 12- years-old is free of charge. Please note that discounted tickets are not available at the travel ticket machines.

Get your ticket easily and fast by mail via Museumsportal Berlin.

Shuttle bus route

There will be six shuttle bus routes starting and ending at the Kulturforum (Cultural Forum) at Potsdamer Platz. The routes connect up the 70 museums and exhibition houses.

More detailed information as well as the free programme is available at: www.lange-nacht-der-museen.de