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Jugend Museum Berlin
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Jugend Museum (Youth Museum)

A children's house as history museum

A villa belonging to children and young people: At the Jugend Museum, small visitors learn about German culture and the world through play.

In a pretty Schöneberg villa, history comes alive for children: here you experience a playful account of Berlin's history. Over three floors, small visitors go on a journey through time and discover life in different eras. They will also hear true life stories of Berliners who have their roots in different countries. The history and culture of Berlin is revealed in treasure chests in a 'Wunderkammer' and exciting exhibitions. Try your hand in the workshops and at the printing company. The theatre collection also invites you to play and explore.

Experience the world of yesterday and today

In the mid-1990s, the Schöneberg Museum launches a new history project by opening the Jugend Museum on Hauptstraße. It's not only a mediation of history but also everyday culture. Dedicated to children and young people aged between 10 and 18, it reflects the past and present of the world in which they live. As a meeting place, the house lets you jointly explore the history of home, as well as lots of distant countries. From the outside, a powerful "Million Villa" greets you, but inside houses an imaginative children's paradise. As soon as you walk in, you'll be met with creativity and energy. Of the four levels, two display the permanent exhibition. On the upper floors, the global 'Villa' awaits the young visitors. In a total of 14 rooms, children experience first hand what it means to call Berlin home. Meet unique but typical Berliners: for example, the German-Turkish rapper, the neighbourhood grandma or a single-minded journalist. They speak from monitors about their life and culture. The rooms are set up with personal items that reveal insights into the world of the populace. The award-winning permanent exhibition "Wunderkammer - Miracle Boxes" is located in the basement, where 27 mysterious crates full of inspiring items can be explored. Namely, strange but once everyday objects like rag dolls and  . In addition, the house organises numerous temporary exhibitions.

Highlights in the Schöneberg million villa

  • Inter-cultural exhibition "Villa Global" about the various inhabitants of Berlin.
  • Audio guide with two giant birds Willi and Luise.
  • Miracle boxes in the basement filled with strange historical everyday objects.
  • Comprehensive holiday programme with games and handicraft.
  • "Creative Sunday" - Travel in the Past, followed by creative workshops.

More attractions in Berlin Schöneberg

With the S-Bahn, it's just two minutes from Schöneberg to Südkreuz train station. Follow the course of history on General-Pape-Straße where an old railway area is depicted throughout different eras. For example, learn about the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/71. The Nazi-era and planned imperial capital, Germania are recalled by heavy lifting equipment as well as a historical SA prison. In the private apartment of the star make-up artist René Koch, is the Lipstick Museum. Here, you're in the world of socialites, and you can learn a lot about the history of make-up, rouge and lip gloss. Highlights include historical exhibits of the Baroque period, the Golden 1920s and the GDR. Kiss prints of famous stars such as Bonnie Tyler and Mireille Mathieu decorate the walls of this exceptional exhibition.

Our tips for your visit

Schöneberg S-Bahn station is located about 650 metres from the Jugend Museum, on lines S1, S41, S42, S45 and S46. Underground line U4 is also nearby, taking you to Rathaus Schöneberg station. The Jugend Museum is open every day of the week. Admission is free. In addition to the permanent collections, the museum organises changing exhibitions and workshops for children and school groups. A particularly comprehensive programme is offered during school holidays.

 

Opening hours (additional information)
Wed - Thu 3pm - 6pm
Sat - Sun 2pm - 6pm

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