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Digital Tips of the Berlin Museums

Virtual culture offers for the living room

Museum Island in winter
Museum Island in winter © visitBerlin, Foto: Thomas Kierok

There are more than 170 museums in Berlin. And most of them are already looking forward to your visit. 

There are more than 170 museums in Berlin. Due to the current situation, you are not allowed to visit them until the end of November, but at least you can currently get online inspiration for your next museum trip. Discover the wide range of Berlin's cultural institutions. To help you get started in the world of digital museums, we have compiled a list of the numerous virtual entry portals for you here.

Humboldt Forum

Humboldt Forum Berlin - Eastern facade
Humboldt Forum Berlin - Eastern facade © Foto: Sönke Schneidewind

The first room of the Berlin exhibition in the Humboldt Forum is opened. For the time being only digital, but there is a lot to discover. Let yourself be inspired by the virtual tour, which invites you to "360° world thinking". To this end, the New York urban artist duo How and Nosm have created a 375 square metre mural. In typical Berlin street art style, they focus on Berlin's connections with the world and critically examine historical episodes in Berlin's history, such as colonialism, looted art or environmental pollution. Of course you can also explore the other ten themed rooms of the BERLIN GLOBAL exhibition online. They deal with revolution and war, open space and borders, pleasure, fashion and interweaving. The joint exhibition of Kulturprojekte Berlin and the Stadtmuseum Berlin will officially open its doors from 16 January.

Humboldt Forum

Museumsinsel (Museum Island)

Bode Museum auf der Museumsinsel
© visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

More than 6000 years of human history can be discovered on Berlin's Museum Island - even virtually. Under the motto 'Open 24/7', the National Museums in Berlin have now developed a comprehensive online offer. Here you can visit all 15 collections around the clock. In the blog "Museum and the City" you will find additional stories, interviews, picture galleries and information. Get to know the individual members of staff in a portrait and learn more about the different jobs in the museum sector. You can also immerse yourself in 360-degree and interactive guided tours and get insights into various special exhibitions on YouTube.

Museum Island Berlin

More about the individual museums

Virtual experiences

Google Arts & Culture takes you on a virtual tour of the five buildings. Learn more about history, architecture and explore the individual buildings and exhibits in 3D and panoramic images. Your virtual tour is partly supplemented with explanatory audio tracks. Once immersed in Google's virtual world, you can explore the art and cultural heritage of mankind worldwide. 

Stiftung Preussische Schlösser und Gärten

Berlin, Schloss Glienicke, Blick über den Löwenbrunnen zum Schloss.
Schloss Glienicke © Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg

Enjoy the winter days with a walk through the gardens and parks of the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg (Stiftung Preussischer Schlösser und Gärten). Although the palaces will probably have to close by the end of November, the parks and gardens are still open.

Here you can find a current overview of the Stiftung Preussischer Schlösser und Gärten. And here you can find some more information:

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You can also find the most beautiful collections of the Stiftung Preussische Schlösser und Gärten on Goolge Arts & Culture. These include the famous collection of paintings by Frederick the Great and a virtual tour of the picture gallery of Sanssouci. In addition, you will find TV documentaries, reports and YouTube videos that will take you to the magnificent gardens and castles. And if that's not enough, T-RECS even gives you an insight into scientific research.

Parks & Gardens online

More Berlin-Projects on Google Arts&Culture

 

My personal favorite feature on Google Arts & Cultur is the Art Selfie. Here you can see which famous portrait a photo of you most resembles.

Museum Tours

More tips from Berlin's art and culture scene

Stiftung Stadtmuseum

Arches of Nikolaikirche
Arches of Nikolaikirche © Stadtmuseum Berlin, Foto: Michael Setzpfand

The Märkische Museum invites you to a virtual 3D tour of the current exhibition "Chaos and Departure". In addition, the Stadtmuseum presents the collection online, including individual digital exhibition areas for the "Berlin Zeit" exhibition, the Fontane Collection, and the photo documentation collected together with Berliners on the topic of "How Corona has changed our everyday lives". And you can take a virtual tour through the Nikolai Church.

On Spotify, the Stadtmuseum streams various audio-files on soundcloud, giving insights into historic events and historical personalities such as the personal physician of the Elector, Leonhard Thurneisser, who tells about the time of the plague. Maybe a bit macabre at the moment, but exciting. Sound off!

Online Collection

 Deutsches Historisches Museum

Deutsches Historisches Museum
Deutsches Historisches Museum © DHM/ Thomas Bruns

The German Historical Museum is presenting a current exhibition on the topic "From Luther to Twitter. Media and the Political Public". There will be video-conferences and on Friday, 20 November you can also book a public telephone tour on the topic. On the website you will find additional current offers, for example on the date of 9 November or on the women's movement. In the blog you will find a HisTutorial, which covers a wide range of topics from witch-hunting to the internet.

The exhibition "Report from Exile - Photographs by Fred Stein" (from reopening until June 20, 2021 in the Pei-Bau) you can already discover digitally from home. For the first time, the works of the German-American Jewish photographer (1909, Dresden - 1967, New York) are presented in their political-historical context in this exhibition of works. School classes and private groups can book a video conference or telephone tour.

Deutsches Historisches Museum

LEMO – German History Online

This web presence of the Deutsche Historische Museum (German Historical Museum) is the oldest existing online portal that wants to make history digitally experienceable. You can travel through time from the Vormärz (1815) to the age of globalization (2001). Numerous videos, maps, statistics, historical photographs, contemporary witness reports, biographies and digitized original documents make the portal a real treasure trove, provide exciting insights into the history of Germany.

LeMO

ABOUT BERLIN App

Check out our ABOUT BERLIN app. Follow in the footsteps of Elektropolis Berlin and find out what happened then and now in Berlin's impressive buildings of industrial architecture. You can listen to excerpts from historical diaries from the LeMO archive. You will also find background information on the fall of the wall, the November Revolution, but also on Jewish life in Berlin. If you would like to learn more about the historical background of Berlin, why not take one of our tours to discover Berlin, for example along the Wall Cycle Route, through Mitte and Tiergarten or around Moritzplatz.

The visitBerlin app ABOUT BERLIN
The visitBerlin app ABOUT BERLIN © visitBerlin, Foto: Yan Revazov/ideenmanufaktur

The best way to use our app is of course to take a walk through Berlin. Explore the city safely and corona compliant on your own. Discover Berlin as a gallery for urban art or the learn more about the Industrial Heritage of the city. Of course you can also discover the city of freedom from your living room couch with ABOUT BERLIN. Learn more about the history and stories of our city. Numerous historical pictures, videos and mini audio books about the individual stories turn your virtual trip into a multimedia discovery tour.

  •  Download now for free for iPhone and Android.
     
In the App Store now: Download ABOUT BERLIN In the Google Play Store now: Download ABOUT BERLIN

Gropius-Bau

Martin-Gropius-Bau
Martin-Gropius-Bau © © Jirka Jansch

The Gropius Bau also offers to digitally discover various exhibitions, including "Masculinities: Liberation through Photography" and "Otobong Nkanga: There's no such Thing as Solid Ground". You will gain insights through pictures and videos and you can find out more in podcasts and essays. Further inspiration and impressions can be found on the social media channels.

Tip: The Walter Gropius App guides you to the most important buildings and objects by Walter Gropius in Berlin. In addition to pictures, addresses, and short expert descriptions, you will find prepared tours through the settlements.

Gropius Bau

Museum for Communication

Blick auf die Berliner Luft Post_Michael Ehrhart
© Museum für Kommunikation, Foto: Michael Erhart

How fitting that the Museum of Communication is currently dealing with digital change. You can experience the exhibition online via the museum's website and browse through the museum's digital collections. Have you had enough of all the virtuality? Then click your way to the digital collection of "Briefe ohne Unterschrift" ("Letters without a signature"). Here GDR history comes alive.

Museum for Communication

Deutsches Spionagemuseum (German Spy Museum Berlin)

German Spy Museum Berlin
German Spy Museum © Deutsches Spionage Museum DSM GmbH

So, how good a spy are you? Although the German Espionage Museum (German Spy museum) is currently closed to the public, you can get some insights into the life of a spy - at least in theory. The blog of the German spy museum features various topics, including exciting stories about the capital of spies, modern techniques used by the secret services, current conspiracy theories, legends and historical moments from the Cold War era and beyond.

German Spy Museum

C/O Berlin

Photo: The Amerika Haus in Berlin an C/O Gallery
The Amerika Haus in Berlin an C/O Gallery © C/O Berlin, Foto: David von Becker

Why not take a look behind the scenes in November? Hear and see interviews with the artists. For the in-house YouTube channel, C/O Berlin has brought GDR photographer Harald Hauswald and Berghain doorman and photographer Sven Marquardt, among others, in front of the camera. A great way to immerse yourself in the Berlin art and culture world - at least online.

C/O Berlin

German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst

Kapitulationssaal im Deutsch-Russisches Museum Berlin-Karlshorst
Kapitulationssaal im Deutsch-Russisches Museum Berlin-Karlshorst © Museum Berlin-Karlshorst, Foto Thomas Bruns

Online you can still visit the exhibition on 75 years of war in Europe. Under the title "From Casablanca to Karlshorst", the website of the German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst offers virtual insights, including a 360-degree tour of the exhibition, pictures and information on the highlights as well as historical photographs from the time of the Second World War and the days after it. Here you can find the virtual insights.

German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst

Deutsches Technikmuseum (Museum of Technology)

Technikmuseum Berlin
© Foto: Serjozha Kostyushev

The Museum of Technology is involved in two virtual projects at the same time, such as the first German hackathon for open cultural data. COD1NG DA V1NC1 shows what has already been created. In collaboration with Google Arts & Culture, 13 curated stories take you online into the world of technology. Learn more about how the steam engine works or the history of the market and mobility.

Deutsches Technikmuseum

 DDR Museum (GDR Museum)

DDR Museum in Berlin
DDR Museum © © DDR Museum, Berlin 2017

History comes alive in the GDR Museum (DDR Museum). Immerse yourself in the everyday life of the GDR and learn more about this part of German history. Learn more about the Stasi and the history of the Berlin Wall, at the moment of course online. For example, the museum's blog presents 10 things from the GDR home office (in German language only: 10 Dinge aus dem Homeoffice der DDR). In the civic education podcast (in German language only: Staatsbürgerkunde Podcast) you can listen to contemporary witnesses and children's songs from the GDR. In addition, socio-politically relevant topics such as equal rights or freedom of the arts are addressed.

DDR Museum

Bröhan-Museum

Bröhan-Museum
© Bröhan-Museum, Foto: Martin Adam

Art Nouveau on TikTok? Sure! In one-minute videos two young art historians explain the current exhibition of the Bröhan Museum: "Luigi Colani and Art Nouveau".  Of course you can also visit the digital museum world of Bröhan via Facebook, Instagram or YouTube. On the video channel you can also learn more about the exhibition "The Proletarian View - 1920s Workers' Photography by Kurt Pfannschmidt, Ernst Thormann and Richard Woike" in 5-minute stories. A digital guide will also accompany you after the reopening in December with background information and videos of the exhibitions in the Bröhan Museum.

Click here to go to the Bröhan Museum collection on Google Arts & Culture.

Bröhan-Museum

 Berlinische Galerie

Forecourt of the Berlinische Galerie
Berlin Art Collection: Berlinische Galerie © Berlinische Galerie, Foto: Noshe

The Berlinische Galerie has already digitized around 40,000 works of the collection, which comprises 106,740 works of art and over 500,000 documents. In the online database you can get an overview and collect your favourites. Of course, the curators have already compiled the highlights of the collection for you. Furthermore, you can take a virtual tour through the rooms of the exhibition "Art in Berlin from 1880 -1980" by clicking and zooming into the individual pictures.

rbb macht Museum - The Berlinische Galerie - Director Thomas Köhler guides you through the collection. Eight highlights of early modern, classical modern and contemporary painting are presented: Anton von Werner, Hannah Höch, Otto Dix, Rudolf Schlichter, Werner Heldt, Fred Thieler, Georg Baselitz and Rainer Fetting.

Berlinische Galerie

Museum Barberini

View of Potsdam’s historic center with the Museum Barberini
View of Potsdam’s historic center with the Museum Barberini © Helge Mundt

The Barberini Museum offers you a whole range of opportunities to explore the Hasso Plattner Collection on Impressionism. In addition to daily online tours there is a special format for families every Sunday. In online lecture series, experts provide insights into special aspects of the collection. And in the media library you will find many other exciting formats. Art-loving yoga fans can take part in art-inspired yoga classes at home as part of some of the "Quiet Mornings" recordings.

Museum Barberini

Jüdisches Museum Berlin (Jewish Museum Berlin)

Facade of Jüdisches Museum Berlin
Facade of Jüdisches Museum Berlin © Jüdisches Museum Berlin

The Jewish Museum is currently presenting video and photo projects in a digital showcase, which provide insights into the museum's subject area, but also open up completely new perspectives. They deal with faith and hope, myths and art theft, persecution and everyday life. There is also a wide range of activities for children. In "Mysticism to Minecraft", for example, you can find out more about the legend of the golem. Have a look.

Or you can download the new JMB app to your smartphone and explore the permanent exhibition in thematic tours on highlights, biographies, stories and Judaism. Or you can simply stroll virtually and head for the 100 stations that seem most interesting to you.

Jewish Museum

Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum Berlin

Exhibition Mother and child at Käthe Kollwitz Museum, Berlin
Exhibition Mother and child at Käthe Kollwitz Museum © Käthe Kollwitz, Schlafende mit Kind, Holzschnitt, 1929 © Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum Berlin, Privatsammlung NRW

Within the framework of a digital tour, museum director Dr. Josephine Gabler will accompany you through the special exhibition "100 Years of Greater Berlin - Käthe Kollwitz and the Misery of the Big City". In the second part she will guide you through the exhibition Käthe Kollwitz - Mother and Child with impressive drawings and compassionate sketches of mothers and their children.

To the guided tours

 rbb Culture Tips

Brandenburger Tor Berlin
© visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

With guided tours and 360-degree walks, rbb invites you to visit the most beautiful exhibitions in the Berlin-Brandenburg region. In addition, rbb shows you Berlin's museum world in 360° tours under the motto "Culture for the eyes and for the soul". You can even become active yourself on the tour through the Bauhaus Archive. So get your pen and paper ready. (in German language)

  • rbbKultur - Das Magazin: Despite the closure of the Jewish Museum Berlin, the broadcaster was already able to visit the new permanent exhibition with the new director Hetty Berg when she took office.
  • The rbb makes a museum - Die Alte Nationalgalerie: Accompanies restorer Kristina Mösl through the Old National Gallery. She explains works that she and her team have restored themselves, including "Der Mönch am Meer" by Caspar David Friedrich.
  • The rbb makes museum - Monet. Orte im Museum Barberini: Curator Daniel Zamani will guide you through the current Monet exhibition in the Museum Barberini.
  • rbb macht Museum - Das Alte Museum: Martin Maischberger, Deputy Director of the Collection of Classical Antiquities, will guide you through one of the capital's most beautiful museums: the Altes Museum.
  •  rbb makes museum - Das Neues Museum: Chief curator Manfred Nawroth will show you the earliest archaeological evidence from the region, including the "Moose from Hansaplatz", at the Neues Museum.
  • rbb makes museum - The Berlinische Galerie: Director Thomas Köhler guides you through the collection. Eight highlights of early modern, classical modern and contemporary painting are presented: Anton von Werner, Hannah Höch, Otto Dix, Rudolf Schlichter, Werner Heldt, Fred Thieler, Georg Baselitz and Rainer Fetting.
  • rbb makes museums - Wilhelm und Alexander von Humboldt at the German Historical Museum

More tours and walks:

Culture for your eyes and for your soul

And more...

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Josefine Köhn-Haskins

Josefine

ist in München aufgewachsen, hat dort studiert und bei der SZ volontiert. Auf der Suche nach neuen Abenteuern entdeckte sie erst New York, dann Miami und berichtete als Trendscout und Korrespondentin für verschiedene Publikationen. Ihr Zuhause fand sie dann aber in Berlin. Fasziniert von den vielen Facetten der Stadt ist sie kreuz und quer in den Kiezen unterwegs und beschäftigt sich gerne mit Zukunftsideen und Smart City Konzepten für ein innovatives Berlin.

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