The development of computer games - from the first consoles to modern 3D worlds - is presented by the Computer Games Museum in Berlin.
Experience 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 and milestones. Leap into 70 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.
You can discover more than 300 exhibits in the exhibition. Thousands more are stored in the archive. The highlights include the GDR game machine Poly-Play, the PainStation, Pong and the legendary Nimrod from 1951. This device is considered one of the first game computers and still calculated with 480 vacuum tubes. Also explore the games culture that developed within your own four walls: Play games in authentically furnished rooms on the Atari in the 70s, on the C64 in the 80s and on the first Playstation in the 90s. In a game hall with an 80s look, you also gamble on original arcade machines. If you prefer something less interactive, you can choose from over 150 videos to learn more about digital gaming culture. An often surprising experience are the regularly changing special exhibitions. See old and new games here, linked by a common theme to create an often unexpected mix.
- Arcade hall with classics such as Asteroids, Space Invaders and Frogger.
- Authentic living rooms in the style of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s
- GDR game machine Poly-Play
- Replica of the Nimrod, one of the world's first game computers
- PainStation - no Pain, no Gain (from 18 years)
- Wall of Hardware with over 60 computers & consoles
- Interactive Milestones Wall
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.
Tips for Your Visit
The museum is just 100m from Weberwiese tube station, you can reach this with the U5 line from the main station, Unter den Linden and Alexanderplatz.. The number 240 and 347 buses also serve the museum.
In addition to discounts for children and students, the house also offers discounts for families. With the Berlin Welcome Card you get a 25% discount. For all possible ticket options, please take a look online at the museum's official ticket shop.
The house is open daily from 10 am to 8 pm. After 8 pm it is open for company parties, birthday celebrations or game nights.
Information for School Groups
School groups get a discounted rate of 4 euros per student with teachers going free. Just sign up 24 hours in advance and bring your confirmation email with you.