Experience the latest in virtual reality, relive the games of your youth or your parents' youth at the Computerspielemuseum. The Computer Game Museum, home to working classic games, computer game oddities and 3-D simulators, is an interactive trip through the cultural history of computer gaming. You can try most of these games, including rare originals and some of the latest virtual reality Oculus Rift games. Leap into 60 years of computer gaming, and also keep up to date with the impressive ongoing development, of interest to everyone - not just gamers.
The evolution of computer games - from the past to the digital future
The Computerspielemuseum is founded in 1997 in Berlin and hosts a permanent exhibition until 2000. In that year, the museum closes and becomes an online presence only. In 2011 there is a new beginning when the museum moves to Karl Marx Allee. Outside, the building is communist architecture, inside you'll find the classics of Atari, Nintendo and Sega. Embrace nostalgia and find out if you've still got what it takes on the consoles. The exhibition contains more than 300 exhibits, with many more in the museum archives. Some highlights are the Poly-Play gambling machine, PainStation, all varieties of Pong and Nimrod, the first ever gaming machine which uses 480 vacuum tubes to make its calculations. Starting in the 1950s, experience the culture beyond the games consoles in authentically furnished rooms: play Pong in the 1970s, Space Invaders in the 80s and Super Mario in the 90s. There is also an arcade from the 1980s with the opportunity to try some rare original games. A final highlight is virtual reality gaming. Every Monday at 6pm you can put on your 3D glasses and immerse yourself in a virtual reality world along with other enthusiastic gamers.
East German Poly-Play gambling machine
Nimrod, the world's first game-playing computer
Classics like Asteroid and Space Invaders
Arcade with original games such as Frogger
Various 3D simulators
Other attractions nearby
Not far from the Computer Games Museum is Berlin's Criminal Theatre where you can spend an evening watching a classic murder play performance and trying to work out whodunnit. Just south of the Computer Game Museum, on the banks of the river Spree, is the East Side Gallery. This is the longest preserved section of the Berlin Wall which is decorated with 101 murals, including the famous brotherly embrace between Honecker and Brezhnev. In Rosenthaler Strasse you'll find the Monsterkabinett - a creepy display of robotic art which is great fun. Also creepy is Berlin Dungeon in Hackescher Markt where you can tour through 800 years of Berlin's dark side: torture chambers, spooky stories and live actors guarantee a pleasantly terrifying visit.
Tips for Your Visit
The museum is just 100m from Weberwiese tube station, served by the U5 line from Alexanderplatz. The number 240 and 347 buses also serve the museum. The museum offers discounts for children and students, and there are family tickets for two adults and up to three children. Berlin WelcomeCard holders also get a 25% discount. There are guided tours on weekend days at 12.30pm (on Saturday in German, on Sunday in English), and themed private tours can be arranged in advance. The museum is open every day, and after 8pm it can be hired for private functions. Rare consoles can also be used for private events.
Information for School Groups
School groups get a discounted rate of 3 euros per student with teachers going free. Just sign up 24 hours in advance and bring your confirmation email with you.