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It's the early 1970s in the United States. In the Queens district of New York City, a group of musicians become distinctive for their hard guitar riffs and heavy drum rhythms. In 1974, the Ramones take to the stage and help launch the American punk movement. They quickly become underground icons in clubs such as CBGB, arriving in Germany not long afterwards. The Ramones Museum in Berlin is dedicated to the punk rock musicians - a place of pilgrimage for fans since 2005.
Punk rock lives: in Berlin Oberbaumstraße
Flo Hayler is a Ramones fan. In 1990, he goes to his first concert, and becomes a devotee of the punk rock band, this gig marking the beginning of a lifelong passion. Starting with posters, he hoards T-Shirts and all possible memorabilia. To the annoyance of his girlfriend, his collection grows proportionally to fill his small Berlin flat. And indeed, Hayler collects so much Ramones memorabilia that he now has enough to fill a museum. In 2005, he opened the first Ramones Museum in Berlin, and the world. Head to Kreuzberg to admire 500+ items from the Ramones' history. A café with snacks, coffee and, of course, beer completes the punk picture. Explore exhibition spaces decorated like packed living rooms. Photos, information and history pour out of display cases and cover the walls.
Ramones Museum Berlin follows the career of the band chronologically: the early CBGB's appearances, charts, and the 1996 farewell concert. All these cult objects date from the period between 1975 and 1996, and include rare t-shirts, backstage photographs and signed records. There's also paraphernalia once owned by the Ramones themselves, including an original trainer belonging to Marky Ramone. Watch band documentaries in the cinema. All memorabilia is kept in the old-Berlin style that has made the museum a place of pilgrimage for fans. Additionally, it also holds live concerts and readings.
Highlights at the Ramones Museum
Wall of Fame with star signatures, for example Die Toten Hosen and Billy Talent.
Leather jacket signed by the band members.
Johnny Ramone punk jeans.
Over 70 unpublished photos from Ramones manager Danny Fields.
T-shirt collection 1975-1996.
What you can visit in the vicinity
Across the Spree River from the Ramones Museum, you can experience the Wall Museum at East Side Gallery. In 13 themed rooms filled with multimedia exhibitions, this museum conveys the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall and the consequences of the division of Germany. A lovely half hour walk along the river Spree will take you to the Soviet Memorial at Treptower Park. This massive monument with huge statues of Soviet soldiers is an impressive sight, as well as a nice place to relax and hang out on a summers' day.
Our tips for your visit
The U-bahn U1 will take you directly to Schlesisches Tor station, only a few minutes' walk from the Ramones Museum. Buses 165 and 216 also stop here. On the other side of the river, you will find Warschauer Straße station, where S-Bahn lines 5, 7 and 75 and tram number 10 run. You can visit the exhibition until late in the evening and also on Mondays, and the museum offers life-time tickets to loyal guests.