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Here you will find the first traces of the site’s history. The archaeological cellar, the only surviving part of the original Berlin Palace, takes you on a tour from the middle ages to the present day.

Treppenabgang zum Schlosskeller
Treppenabgang zum Schlosskeller © Sttiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss, Foto: Alexander Schippel

This is where you will find surviving sections of the medieval Dominican monastery as well as the foundations of the Berlin Palace, which were excavated in 2008.

In the winding corridors you can discover everything from a chicken coop to the imperial heating system, which was highly technologically advanced for its time. All these finds shed light on the lives and work of the monastery’s residents and the palace’s servants.


For those who want to find more information about the history of the sight, the store in the Humboldt Forum is recommended or visit the online store with a selection of titles and catalogs.

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Price info: Admission & Tickets

The Humboldt Forum is an open space for everyone to drop by and visit our exhibitions. At the moment, however, some safety restrictions apply due to the Corona pandemic. Therefore, we kindly ask you to book a time slot ticket online in advance.

Free entry for 100 days: Visiting the Humboldt Forum, all our current exhibitions, and the use of the media guide, are free of charge for the first 100 days. From November 13, 2021, we will charge for selected exhibitions. Events are generally subject to an admission fee.

Time slots: Due to the Corona pandemic, you need to book a time slot ticket in advance to visit an exhibition.

Book a timed ticket: You can book your timed ticket for an exhibition online or via +49 30 99 211 89 89.

Booking 14 days in advance: Due to the possibility of changes in hygiene guidelines at short notice, time slots can be booked 14 days in advance

Visiting several exhibitions: When booking, please remember to coordinate your visits to the individual exhibitions. Please also take the estimated time spent in each exhibition into account.

Duration of exhibition visit: Average time spent in the exhibitions: Terrible Beauty c. 90 min; Have a Seat! c. 90 min; Palace Cellar c. 30 min; BERLIN GLOBAL c. 120 min; After Nature c. 60 min

Guided Tours: Booking of guided tours and other educational events (starting September 2021) is expected to be available from mid-August.