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Alte Nationalgalerie auf der Museumsinsel
© visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

There are more than 170 museums in Berlin. And most of them are already looking forward to your visit. Here you can find a current overview of what is open in Berlin

For the reopening of Berlin, we invite all Berliners and Berlin-visitors to experience more than 50 highlights in Berlin with discounts of up to 50% with the new discount card "Berlin WelcomeBackCard" for only 2,50 Euro per day.

Berlin's museums are looking forward to welcoming you. Tickets with a time slot and hygiene rules ensure a safe visit.

You can also find inspiration for your next museum trip online. Discover the wide range of Berlin's cultural institutions. To help you get started in the world of digital museums, we have compiled the numerous virtual entry portals for you here.

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. 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.

Museum Island Berlin

 

Open Again

Just in time for the beginning of the summer holidays, from 20 June to be precise, the Staatlichen Museen are also resuming their educational offers. Look forward to exciting events and workshops under the motto "Off to the island". From July onwards, the Kolonnaden Bar will be inviting you for evening talks and drinks. Other museums of the Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin which are already open


Virtual experiences

Stiftung Preussische Schlösser und Gärten

Sanssouci in Potsdam
Sanssouci in Potsdam © SPSG, Schloss Sanssouci, Leo Seidel

Enjoy the warm spring days on a walk through the gardens and parks of the Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg (Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg).The historical mill and Belvedere Pfingstberg can be visited since May 1st.

However, all indoor events of the SPSG planned until 31 August 2020 as well as major events such as the Potsdam Palace Night will be cancelled.

Further houses will be added bit by bit. Here you can find a current overview of the Stiftung Preussischer Schlösser und Gärten. And here you can find some more information:


Under the hashtag #MUSEUMFROMHOME the Stiftung Preussische Schlösser und Gärten has put together its most beautiful collections on Goolge Arts & Culture for you. 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.

#MUSEUMFROMHOME

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

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.

The Museum of Communication is to open since 12 May.

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? Can you manage the laser course without setting off the alarm? Can you cheat the lie detector or hack some passwords? In the German Spy Museum you can not only learn everything about the topic but also get active yourself. For your safety, there are stylus pens for the touch screens and numerous hygiene stations. As the number of visitors is limited, it is best to reserve your time slot online. 

Deutsches Spionagemuseum

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

Selected artists invite you and give you insights into different worlds of thought on the current situation and show different perspectives on individual isolation, general insecurity and the slowing down of our everyday life.

The museum is expected to open again on 21 May, with the following exhibitions:

  • Linda McCartney . The Polaroid Diaries
  • Francesca Woodman . On Being an Angel
  • Sophie Thun . Extension

C/O Berlin

Deutsches Historisches Museum

Deutsches Historisches Museum
Deutsches Historisches Museum © DHM/ Thomas Bruns

The German Historical Museum (Deutsches Historisches Museum) opens on 11 May with the temporary exhibition Hannah Arendt and the 20th century in the Pei-Bau. The permanent exhibition in the Zeughaus and the Zeughauskino will remain closed until further notice. Alternatively you can browse online in the museum's blog and archives. Find out how up-to-date history can actually be.

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

Highlight: 75 years after the end of world war II

Check out our ABOUT BERLIN app. You can listen to excerpts from historical diaries from the LeMO archive, portraying the last days of the battle of Berlin and the unconditional surrender. There are also various short films about big moments in the history of Berlin. The slideshow below was made possible by the German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst, which shared their historic pictures with us.

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The best way to use our app is of course to take a walk through Berlin. 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.

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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

Just in time for the anniversary of the unconditional surrender and the end of the Second World War in Europe, the German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst is also open to the public again. Beginning with the historic Capitulation Hall, the museum will open gradually from 6 May 2020. In the Museum Garden you can see the exhibition "The German Surrender in May 1945" and the art installation "White Root" by Volker-Johannes Trieb. Events, guided tours and cinema screenings are possible from 28 June.  The website offers 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.

A gradual opening from 2 June is planned.

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. Tickets can be purchased online before your visit. On days with a particularly high number of visitors, you will be given a time slot. You can get a foretaste of the varied and comprehensive exhibition 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

The current exhibition 'Too little perfume, too much puddle. Hans Baluschek for his 150th birthday is still waiting for you with the opening. Until then you can get exciting insights into the work behind the scenes and a lot of information about the exhibition objects digitally. The director of the Bröhan Museum, Dr. Tobias Hoffmann, and the curator of the Hans Baluschek exhibition, Fabian Reifferscheidt, will present the highlights of the show in short videos.

The Bröhan Museum is open since 12 May.

Bröhan-Museum

Stiftung Stadtmuseum

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

The Stadtmuseum invites you to a "summer vacation in Berlin" - from 25 June to 31 August. Look forward to guided tours through the Nikolai Quarter and travel back to the Middle Ages in the museum village of Düppel. On the free app Actionbound you can find various city rallies through Berlin. Or you can go on an interactive city tour "Around the monastery ruins" or to "Berlin in the Baroque".

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!

Jukebox - BerlinZeit
 

  • The Museum Nikolaikirche opens on 3 July.
  • Museumsdorf Düppel is open since May 14th.
  • The Märkisches Museum is still closed.

You can visit online instead. On the Märkisches Museum's website you will find digitized objects, photographs of pieces of the Berlin Wall, information on individual exhibitions and thematic audio guides, for example on the exhibition BerlinZeit. It is worthwhile to browse.

 

Online Collection

 Berlinische Galerie

Berlinische Galerie - Hausansicht
© 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.

Currently the exhibition "Umbo.Fotograf " is on display.

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.

The Berlinische Galerie is open since 11 May.

Berlinische Galerie

Gropius-Bau

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

The Gropius Bau is open since 11 May. The prerequisite is the wearing of a mouth-and-nose protection. Also the minimum distance of 1.5 meters must be kept. You can see Lee Mingweis' work "Gifts and Rituals" and Akinbode Akinbiyi: Six Songs, Swirling Gracefully in the Taut Air. You can get a foretaste on Instagram.

Starting July 10th: Otobong Nkanga: There's no such Thing as Solid Ground.

Gropius-Bau

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 reopened on 6 May. The online tickets are selling fast. If you should have to wait for your ticket purchase or a time slot, you can use the Museum Barberini in Potsdam's own app to find out about current exhibitions. Barberini Digital also takes you as far away as Italy. On a virtual tour through Potsdam you can see the originals of the Italian-influenced buildings in the cityscape in elaborately designed slides. Barberini APP also offers audio tours for adults and children, video tours with curators, expert interviews, 360° views of Monet's garden and much more.

Museum Barberini

Monet.Orte at Museum Barberini

The Monet exhibition is also open again since 6 May - an extended through 19 July. If you don't get a ticket right away, we recommend the documentation of the exhibition on arte: Monet: In the Light of the Moment (Monet: Im Licht des Augenblicks). On the website of the Barberini Museum on Monet. Orte you can experience the exhibition virtually. Enter the magical world of images and learn more about the life and work of the artist. Changing impressions from the Monet exhibition can also be found on the social media channels of the Barberini Museum. And soon you can also enjoy a tour of the exhibition filmed by rbbKultur with curator Daniel Zamani.

  • From 7 September: Impressionism: The Hasso Plattner Collection
  • From 7 November: Impressionism in Russia. Departure to the avant-garde

Monet. Orte

Jüdisches Museum Berlin (Jewish Museum Berlin)

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

After more than two and a half years of renovation, the Jewish Museum will open on Sunday, 23 August, with a new permanent exhibition in the Libeskind Building. Covering 3500 square meters, it shows the history of the Jews in Germany from the Middle Ages to the present with new focal points and new scenography. Cilly Kugelmann, the exhibition's chief curator, explains it this way: "We are focusing on the relationship of Jews to their non-Jewish environment and are taking up more topics of Jewish culture and religion.

In a digital showcase, the Jewish Museum Berlin presents online features, video and photo projects that provide insights into the Museum's thematic field, but also open up completely new perspectives. The content features faith and hope, persecution and everyday life. There is also a wide range of activities for children. In "Mysticism to Minecraft", for example, you can learn more about the legend of the golem. Take a look.

Online Showcase of the 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

The Käthe Kollwitz Museum is open again from 12 May. In advance you can take a digital walk through the special exhibition 100 years of Greater Berlin - Käthe Kollwitz and the misery of the big city in the Käthe Kollwitz Museum. Museum director Dr. Josephine Gabler will accompany you through the special exhibition and offer you exciting insights into the artistic work of Käthe Kollwitz.

In the second part Dr. Josefine Gabler 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

 

visitBerlin About Berlin App

Brandenburger Tor Berlin
© visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

The best way to use our app is of course to take a walk through Berlin. 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.

About Berlin App

 rbb Culture Tips

Thanks rbb! After Carmen and other live broadcasts from the big houses, the station now also gives small but nice cultural tips on Instagram every day. With guided tours and 360-degree walks, rbb also 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...

Please act responsibly ...

  • book a ticket with a time slot online in advance.
  • keep the required minimum distance and observe the respective hygiene regulations. 

Here you can find important information about the Current situation in Berlin.

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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