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: slides, craft tables and experiment areas - the choice is huge. The museum's slogan is "Learning by making and doing". Every two years the museum's theme changes to focus on a new aspect of the building or on a different world culture.
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 overarching theme of the museum is cultural and professional diversity. For example, in one section, children can read stories in a Mongolian yurt. In another, they can pretend to be an architect or engineer at work. Or they can play shop with the fabric vegetables and wooden items in the international market place. 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 road signs. 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.
- Workshops such as soap making.
- 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 Friday the museum hosts a family buffet. Discounts are available for group and family travel cards, prices are lower in school holidays, and there is an increased programme of craft classes and workshops. Groups and schools receive special discounts too. The Labyrinth Children's Museum can host children's birthday parties and runs workshops for children and their parents.
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