Labyrinth Children's Museum in Berlin is about interactive learning. Housed in an old industrial building, children can learn about their world through play.
In the Berlin Labyrinth Children's Museum you'll enter an interactive world of games and exploration stations. Housed in a former factory building, the museum has created a children's paradise: play areas, craft tables and experiment areas - the choice is huge. The museum's slogan is "Learning by making and doing". For this purpose, there is a new theme to be discovered every two years through the adventure exhibitions: for example on the environmental theme of building or on the differences between different world cultures.
From the factory floor to a children's museum
The creators of Berlin's children's museum firmly believe that the best way to learn is through play. Dating from the 19th century and housed in an old match factory on Osloer Straße, the museum opens the doors to its first exhibition in 1997. The frequently changing themes result in a maze-like experience for children. The aim of the game is touching, joining in and trying your best. Each themed exhibition stays in place for between 16 and 18 months before being replaced, and all are intended for children aged between 3 and 11. The aim is to promote the cultural education of children through interactive exhibitions. The focus is on playfulness, curiosity and the individual strengths of the children. The exhibitions are designed for children - touching the objects is expressly permitted here! - take up current and education-relevant topics. They deal with topics such as reading, being different, children's rights, health, prejudices, fairy tales or diversity. The museum also follows its playful theme with its entry discounts. On "Dice Day", roll a six and you'll get in for free. As well as the ever changing exhibitions, there are also workshops where children can be creative with adult input, by making bookmarks or creating scented soap. The association which runs the museum is particularly involved in projects with schools and kindergartens, giving educational professionals and teachers the chance to get involved in designing the museum's learning activities.
Children's museum highlights
- Programme of changing exhibitions to challenge and interest children.
- Various workshops for children
- Workshops for educators focusing on new teaching and learning methods.
- Hosting of events and birthday parties.
- Appearances by the museum's patron, German actress Ulrike Folkerts.
Other Berlin attractions for children
Another children's museum is MACHmit! in the Prenzlauer Berg area of the city, which allows children to explore the world interactively. MACHmit! is housed in a former church where children can experiment with different learning and play stations. Highlights include a multi-level climbing frame, an old-fashioned soap shop and a room of mirrors. In Wuhlheide Park, the FEZ centre is one of Europe's largest leisure complexes. There is the Alice-Museum with interactive exhibits, the Astrid-Lindgren-Theatre and Eco-Island, with mini rainforest and eco-garden. FEZ also features a very large swimming area.
Practical tips for your visit to Labyrinth Children's Museum
Take the M13 tram line to either Grüntaler Straße or the corner of Osloer Straße and Prinzenallee. From here, it's only 200 metres to the old factory which houses the Labyrinth Children's Museum. Alternatively, take the M27 line to the last stop. Opening times are seasonal and vary during school holidays. Free admission for Museumspass holders. Children take their shoes off at the museum so they will need slippers or socks.
Information for families and children
Every Thursday and Friday there are family discounts in the museum. You can also save on group and family tickets. The children's museum also reduces prices during the holidays. Special offers such as handicraft courses are also on the programme. Among other things, groups receive school start and New Year discounts. The house also organises children's birthdays and workshops for children and their parents.
Opening hours (additional information)
Summer opening (May - September):
Friday 1 - 6 pm
Saturday + Sunday 11-18 hrs
Winter opening (October - April):
Thursday + Friday from 1 pm to 6 pm
Saturday + Sunday 11-18 hrs
Opening hours in Berlin school holidays:
Monday to Friday 9 am-6pm
Saturday, Sunday and holidays 11 am - 6 pm
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