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Dinosaur skeleton Tristan in Berlin, Museum of Natural History
Dinosaur skeleton Tristan in Berlin, Museum of Natural History Carola Radke, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

Berlin 2022 - the most important events

New openings, exhibitions, events

When was the last time you visited Berlin? Germany's cultural metropolis has undergone a dynamic development last year and is presenting itself in a new light: new major museums have opened in 2021, exciting experience spaces have been created. Our overview brings you up to date.  
The year 2022 is full of surprises. We present you the most important highlights of 2022. Be inspired - welcome to Berlin!

New openings in 2021

Two major museums have moved into the new Humboldt Forum in the heart of the city: The huge exhibition areas of the second and third floors present the collections of the Ethnological Museum and the Museum of Asian Art.

Humboldt Forum Berlin: Ethnological Collections
Humboldt Forum Berlin: Ethnological Collections ©Stiftung Berliner Schloss – Humboldt Forum, Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz

The rooftop restaurant on the observation deck offers you a spectacular view over the cultural centre of Berlin. In the Schlüterhof you can get detailed information from visitBerlin at our Berlin Tourist Info.

A few steps away is the Gendarmenmarkt: in the French Cathedral, the Huguenot Museum invites you to visit the modernised rooms.
 
At the Kulturforum, the newly renovated Neue Nationalgalerie is open again after many years. The world-famous architectural masterpiece of modernism is displaying the art of the 20th century once again.

Exterior view of the New National Gallery Berlin
Exterior view of the New National Gallery Berlin Marcus Ebener

The Museum of the 20th Century is under construction at the moment. It will also present artworks from the Neue Nationalgalerie's extensive collection starting in 2026.

ANOHA in Berlin-Kreuzberg is another highlight which opened in 2021. The children's world of the Jewish Museum offers an interactive play and experience space. Centrepiece is a huge round boat: Noah's Ark with more than 150 animals.

Children's World at the Jewish Museum Berlin
Children's World at the Jewish Museum Berlin Jüdisches Museum Berlin, Foto: Yves Sucksdorff

At Anhalter Bahnhof, the new Documentation Centre Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation invites you to delve deeper into the issues of flight and migration with an exhibition, a testimony archive and guided tours.

You can also discover new things in City West: In 2021, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church celebrated the 60th anniversary of it's Egon Eiermann building and since then shows a newly designed entrance with interior design by Eiermann.

Berlin 2022: What's new in the city

The dynamic developments in the German capital didn't stop in 2022. Read what's happening and find out about updates here! 

Re-opening at Berlin Zoo: The modernised predator house "Realm of the Hunters"

since spring 2022

The ultra-modern new predator house, covering an area of 5,000 metres, offers large panorama windows through which even the youngest visitors can observe the big cats up close. Red pandas can also be seen for the first time in 17 years.

New opening in Mitte: the Samurai Museum Berlin

since may 2022

Samurai Museum Berlin, visualisation
Samurai Museum Berlin, visualisation Ars Electronica Solutions

Experience the world of the samurai in a new way: around 4,000 objects from the weaponry and blacksmithing of Japanese samurai culture and the positions of contemporary Japanese artists.

New at the Computer Games Museum: Wall of Hardware

since may 2022

Wall of Hardware at the Computerspielemuseum Berlin
Wall of Hardware at the Computerspielemuseum Berlin Jörg Metzner/CSM

The Wall of Hardware in the Computer Games Museum presents the holy bones of digital culture. Visitors can explore 35 years of video game history and many new details.

New opening in Mitte: Stabi Kulturwerk

since july 2022

Stabi Kulturwerk Library Museum Berlin
Stabi Kulturwerk Library Museum Berlin Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin

A very special museum opens its doors on the boulevard Unter den Linden: The Stabi Kulturwerk will be exhibiting unique and precious exhibits from the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin sice July.

Museum of Natural History: Tristan Otto is back!

since august 2022

 

Exhibition Dinosaurs in Berlin, Museum of Natural History
Exhibition Dinosaurs in Berlin, Museum of Natural History Carola Radke, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

He was the superstar in Berlin: In 2015, predatory dinosaur Tristan Otto came to the Natural History Museum, where he thrilled around 3 million visitors. The original skeleton of the Tyrannosaurus Rex returned to Berlin after a long exhibition period in Copenhagen and can be seen with other new dinos.

Reopening after renovation: Ephraim Palace Museum

since september 2022

Facade of the Ephraim-Palais in Berlin
Facade of the Ephraim-Palais in Berlin visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

The magnificent corner building in rococo style reopens: after years of closure, you can once again experience Berlin's city history and culture in carefully renovated historic rooms.

The east wing of the Humboldt Forum: last major partial opening

since september 2022

Showcases, Ethnological Museum in the Humboldt Forum
Showcases, Ethnological Museum in the Humboldt Forum Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss / Foto: Alexander Schippel

With the opening of the East Wing on 17 September, all exhibition areas of the Humboldt Forum are finally open. Additional objects from the Ethnological Museum and the Museum of Asian Art are shown on an additional total of 10,000 square metres. New are the collections on North, Central and South America and exhibitions on Islam and the historical Kingdom of Benin.

Käthe Kollwitz Museum: New opening in Charlottenburg Palace

since september 2022

Aerial view of Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin
Aerial view of Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg

From july 2022, the Käthe Kollwitz Museum has been in the process of moving. Now, the drawings, graphic art and sculptures of the world-famous artist are again on display in the prestigious theatre building of Charlottenburg Palace.

From special exhibitions to the Q Berlin and the Berlin Marathon: the most important events

Marathon race in Berlin
Marathon race in Berlin Camera4

Look forward to the following events! You can find detailed information in our event calendar at visitBerlin.de

Schliemann's Worlds

Exhibition on the life of the "Discoverer of Troy" and spectacular finds from the ancient royal tombs

Museum Island: Neues Museum / James Simon Gallery

13 May 2022 - 8 January 2023

Donatello. Inventor of the Renaissace

Exhibition on the role of the great Florentine sculptor as a pioneer of the Renaissance

Gemäldegalerie (Old Master Paintings)

2 September 2022 - 8 January 2023

Queer*ness in Photography

Exhibition Photographs: Lifshitz Collection - Cindy Sherman

C|O Berlin

17 September 2021 - 18 January 2023

Johann Gottfried Schadow. Touching forms

Exhibition on the founder of the Berlin School of Sculpture and one of the most important artists of German Classicism.

Old National Gallery

21 October 2022 to 19 February 2023

Surrealism and Magic. Enchanted modernity

Exhibition on Magic, Myth and Esotericism in Surrealist Art

Museum Barberini Potsdam

22 October 2022 - 29 January 2023

Forgotten and over? The Lichterfelde Camp and the French Prisoners of War

Exhibition on the history of the Lichterfelde camp

Documentation Centre Nazi Forced Labour

28 October 2022 - 31 May 2023

In Forced Community
The labour commandos of the prisoners in Hohenschönhausen

New permanent exhibition on the prison labour commandos in Hohenschönhausen.

Memorial Berlin-Hohenschönhausen

Opening: 24 November 2022

Baroque Days

Music theatre and concerts with a focus on Mozart and Vivaldi

State Opera House Unter den Linden

2 - 11 December 2022

Our special tip

In the run-up to Christmas, you can once again choose between dozens of different Christmas markets and go Christmas shopping at your favourite Christmas market and taste freshly baked Christmas specialities while enjoying hot drinks.

To the Berlin Christmas markets

You can find the whole wide range of events in 2022 in the capital's most beautiful calendar  - on visitBerlin.de.