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Great exhibitions and cultural highlights

Discover the latest exhibitions and highlights in Berlin’s museums. The five museums on the famous Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, form the world’s largest museum ensemble. The city has many other top exhibitions to enjoy!

More about Berlin's museums

Berlin has around 170 museums – so you’d need to stay quite a while to see them all! We help you narrow down the field and find your favourite museums. Berlin has major exhibitions with art works from across the ages – starting with masterpieces from the classical and modern world on Museum Island, including the legendary bust of Egyptian Queen Nefertiti in the spectacularly restored Neues Museum (New Museum).

The world-famous Museum Island comprises five museums presenting a panorama of art and history, from ancient cultures to nineteenth-century painting. Across the city, you can look forward to a wealth of stunning museum collections, modern and contemporary art, spoken word and cutting-edge theatre, three opera houses and music from classic to experimental.

In the Gemäldegalerie, you can enjoy one of the world’s leading collections of European paintings from the thirteenth to the eighteenth century. For a collection of cutting edge modern and contemporary art, head for the Hamburger Bahnhof museum.

To discover more about Berlin’s history and Germany’s chequered past, visit the GDR Museum, the German Historical Museum, the Märkisches Museum, the Ephraim-Palais or the Jewish Museum.

For a different take on the city’s culture and history, don’t miss the Berlin Dungeon, dedicated to the creepy events of Berlin's history. For the sweeter things in life, check out the Sugar Museum in the German Museum of Technology – just one of the city’s many unusual museums with unusual exhibits! For night owls, the Long Night of Museums is a perfect start to an evening in Berlin, with the city’s museums open until midnight. And with the Berlin Welcome Card, you can enjoy great savings on many of the city’s museums – including the world-famous Museum Island!

Berlin’s museums at a glance

In our overview of Berlin’s many museums, it’s easy to find the ones that appeal to you!  Here, you can find information and tickets for Berlin’s top museums, from Museum Island with its fascinating archaeological and art collections to the Jewish Museum or the GDR Museum – as well as the unusual and quirky, and the best museums for children!


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Gropius Bau

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Take a journey back in time in the GDR Museum, explore the shadowy world of espionage in the German Spy Museum, or discover Berlin’s iconic snack in the interactive Currywurst Museum.  Marvel at “Tristan”, the amazing TRex in Berlin’s Natural History Museum – or meet Lara Croft in the Computer Games Museum.

Book your tickets for your museum visit online here and skip the queues! Buy your tickets easily and conveniently online – and find the right ticket in just three minutes!

Top Exhibitions

What are the major exhibitions in Berlin? Which upcoming highlights can you look forward to? We have put together a small selection of special exhibitions for you - from the Harry Potter world to the abstract works of Gerhard Richter.

More tips for your museums' visit

Which Berlin museums are free? How does the Museum Pass help me save money? Which museums are open on Mondays? Our overviews give you the essentials on Berlin’s museums. Ideal to help plan your visit perfectly in advance! And to help you save money – the Museum Pass Berlin gives you free entry on three consecutive opening days to over 30 of Berlin’s magnificent museums!

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