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The rooms of the Märkisches Museum presents the diverse history of the German capital. Travel back in time and discover the Köpenicker Altar from the 16th century, or a real armoury. At the same time, you can experience the daily life of old Berlin: stroll through historical streets in the themed rooms. Or pay a visit to a barber from the turn of the previous century – the famous court barber Haby. Breathe in the air of history and feel the unique ambience of each Berlin district through film, photos, painting and sculpture. Especially the everyday objects that bring you closer to the lives of past Berliners. Together with four other houses such as the Nikolaikirche, the Ephraim Palais, the Knoblauchhaus and the Düppel Museum Village, the building forms the Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin.
Tangible history at the Stadtmuseum Berlin
The end of the 19th century calls for a city museum in Berlin, and in 1874 the Märkisches Provinzialmuseum is founded by a group of citizens. The collection outgrows the Baroque Palais Podewils, and the current structure is constructed between 1899 to 1908 under the supervision of Ludwig Hoffmann, the director of urban planning and construction. The museum is hugely popular for many years. The Berlin Wall also divides the museums, and in 1962 the Berlin Museum is built in the western part of the divided city. After reunification, the city renovates the historic museum in Köllnischer Park, and since then, visitors have been able to touch Berlin's history in the Stadtmuseum.
The museum is home to over 45 million artefacts. The permanent exhibition "Here is Berlin!", is an exciting experience where visitors can take a walk through the Imperial Unter den Linden to Brandenburg Gate. Themed rooms also let you discover hidden treasures, and let you learn about Berlin’s Jewish life,. You will also encounter the horse head from Schadow’s group of sculptures, which is the only remaining part of the original chariot on the Brandenburg Gate. Furthermore, young visitors will find that the museum's comprehensive programme at the laboratory encourages them to get involved with a hands-on experience of history. The Märkisches Museum and the Marinehaus will form a unity in the future and will be the centerpiece of a new museum and creative quarter at Köllnischer Park. The Marinehaus serves then as a center of activities and a municipal laboratory.
Since June 10, 2018, the newly designed permanent exhibition on Berlin's history has been open to the public in the Märkisches Museum.
Special highlights of the Märkisches Museum
- Artworks, photographic collection, and documents of famous artist Heinrich Zille at the Zille collection.
- The toy collection with dolls, cars, and rare tin soldiers from the Imperial period.
- A guild and arms room with a shiny iron armour.
- A Kaiserpanorama from the 19th century – a predecessor of modern cinema with a series of moving images.
- Works of art by famous painters of the Berlin Secession like Max Beckmann and Max Liebermann.
Attractions near the Märkisches Museum
To fully utilise your day of sightseeing, there are some other attractions in the vicinity that you can visit after your trip to the museum. Start with Köllnischer Park right behind the museum, where you can relax. This listed landmark has a complex of buildings and an open-air museum with sculptures and fragments of historic buildings. There is also a bear moat where bears used to live up until a few years ago. Next, visit the Ephraim-Palais, a magnificent rococo palace with features like the grand staircase and changing art and culture exhibitions. However, the Ephraim Palais will probably be closed until autumn 2021 due to renovation work. The Nikolaiviertel is a reconstructed historical area of inner Berlin. It takes its name from the Nikolaikirche – today, a museum for the church, building and city history. Here, you can experience regular organ concerts. Cross the Schlossbrücke to get to the UNESCO protected Museumsinsel. Stroll past the majestic buildings and let yourself be enchanted by this historic place. Unwind on a bench or the grass in the Lustgarten, and revel in the presence of the sculptural witnesses of the past.
Tips for your museum visit
Arrival with public transport to the Märkisches Museum is convenient. Take the underground line U5 and U2 directly to the Märkisches Museum stop. Children under the age of 18 get free admission into the Märkisches Museum, while all visitors get free entry on the first Wednesday of every month. Other great ways to save is to use a Berlin WelcomeCard or a Museumspass and get discount admission or free entry into several other museums in the city. If you are travelling in a group, you can book a guided tour of the museum in advance, and you can get more details on the visitBerlin site.
Information for school groups
By booking in advance, school groups can take part in interesting workshops in the Museumslabor as part of the Märkisches Museum's offer, Geschichte zum Anfassen.