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12 Museums to visit in Berlin

Berlin is one of the cities with the most appealing museums line up. Be it history, art or technique, you will find at least a few museums here that will fit your profile.
There are so many exhibitions, museums, documentation centers, and art collections to choose from, that you will need more than a couple of days to see everything you want to see. And with so many options, it could be difficult to know what to choose.

So here you have my favorite 12 museums in Berlin, that’ll have you covered no matter what you’re interested in:

1. Pergamon Museum

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© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Pergamon Museum holds three museums in one – the Collection of Classical Antiquities, the Museum of the Ancient Near East, and the Museum of Islamic Art. The museum is home to some of the most impressive archeological discoveries in the whole world. Don’t miss the Pergamon Altar, the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, dating from the 6th century BC and a reconstructed palace facade from 12th century BC.

Address: Bodestraße 10178, Mitte
Admission: €12.00
Openings: Monday – Sunday 10:00 am – 06:00 pm
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2. Neues Museum

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© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

During World War II, Neues Museum suffered severe damage and therefore was abandoned. Only in 2003, the British architect David Chipperfield began restoration works and, in 2009, the museum opened its doors again to the public.
The museum collection features beautiful pieces of Egyptian art (don’t miss the bust of Nefertiti), many prehistoric objects, including a Neanderthal skull and a selection of classical antiquities.
Address: Bodestraße 10178, Mitte
Admission: €12.00
Openings: Monday – Sunday 10:00 am – 06:00 pm; Thursday: 10:00 am – 08:00 pm
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3. Altes Museum

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© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

At Altes Museum (Old Museum), you can see an extensive collection of greek, roman and Etruscan antiquities and art objects. The museum, completed in 1830, is hosted in a beautiful neoclassical building.
Address: Am Lustgarten 10178 Berlin
Admission: €10.00
Openings: Monday – Sunday 10:00 am – 06:00 pm; Thursday: 10:00 am – 08:00 pm
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4. Märkisches Museum

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© Stadtmuseum Berlin

This is an excellent place to come if you want to find more about Berlin and also about the Brandenburg Region and not to be surrounded by crowds of tourists. Starting June 2018, Märkisches Museum hosts the permanent exhibition called “BerlinZEIT,” a flashback into Berlin’s history, from the Ice Age to the present time.
Address: Am Köllnischen Park 5 10179
Admission: €7.00
Openings: Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
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5. Jewish Museum

@ Judisches Museum Berlin

The museum tells the story of Jewish people in Berlin, with its complicated and intricate implications. The building, an architectural masterpiece of Daniel Libeskind, is one of the city’s landmarks.
Address: Lindenstraße 9-14 10969 Berlin
Admission: €8.00
Openings: Monday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm; Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 20:00 pm
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6. Stasi Museum

@ Stasi Museum Berlin

Opened on the former grounds of the Stasi headquarters (Ministerium für Staatssicherheit – Ministry for State Security), the museum houses the permanent exhibition “State Security in the SED Dictatorship.” On the three levels, you can see how the state surveillance impacted the people lives, what methods were used and how the informers were recruited. The exhibition’s centerpiece is the office of Erich Mielke – the last GDR Minister of State Security preserved to its former state.
Address: Ruschestraße 103, Haus 1, 10365 Berlin
Admission: €8.00
Openings: Monday – Friday: 10.00am – 6.00pm; Weekend: 11.00am – 6.00pm; Holidays: 11.00am – 6.00pm
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7. DDR Museum

@DDR Museum

DDR Museum is an interactive museum where you can experience everyday life in the former East Germany. Two of the museum’s highlights are a simulated drive in an original Trabant P601 and an authentic reconstruction of five apartments where people used to live in during that time.
Address: Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 1, 10178 Berlin
Admission: €8.50 online / €9.80 at the cash desk
Openings: Monday-Sunday 10am-8pm; Saturday 10am-10pm
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8. Topographie des Terrors

@ Topographie des Terrors

The museum is located on the former site of the Gestapo and gives you an insight into one of the darkesct period in Germany’s past. The focus of the Documentation Center is the SS state police during the Third Reich and all the crimes that were perpetrated in that times.
Address: Niederkirchnerstraße 8, 10963 Berlin
Admission: free
Openings: Daily 10 am – 8 pm
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9. History Museum

@ Deutsches Historisches Museum

From the early Middle Ages to the present day, 2000 years of history are covered in this extensive and well-documented museum. The permanent exhibition houses more than 7000 objects, while other temporary exhibitions take a closer look to particular themes and periods.
Address: Unter den Linden 2, 10117 Berlin
Admission: € 8, reduced € 4
Openings: Daily 10 am – 6 pm
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10. Museum Village Duppel

@ Museumsdorf Duppel

A visit to this seasonal open-air museum will allow you to experience how a medieval village once was, with its artisan houses, animals, traditions, and way of life. The museum is open from Easter through October and has a lot of fun and exciting activities for children and adults alike – markets, festivals, and workshops.
Address: Clauertstraße 11, 10163 Berlin
Admission: € 4
Openings: from Easter through October, Saturday / Sunday 10:00 – 18:00
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11. Sachsenhausen Memorial Site and Museum

Though it’s located about 30 minutes near Berlin, in Oranienburg, Sachsenhausen, the former Nazi concentration camp is a place you should definitely visit. It was the administrative center for all the concentration camps in Germany and one of the most important, with more than 200.000 people imprisoned between its walls.
Address: Straße der Nationen 22, D-16515 Oranienburg
Admission: free
Openings: April 1 to September 30: open daily 8:30 am to 6 pm. October 1 to March 31: open daily 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. On Mondays, the museums, visitor services, and book store are closed
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12. The Berlin Wall Memorial

Back in 1961, when the wall was constructed, and Berlin was divided from East to West, it was Bernauer Strasse that witnessed one of the most tragic events: people trying to escape and reunite with their families, courageous jumps over the wired wall, all in search of freedom. This open-air museum is located exactly on Bernauer Strasse and gives you an insight into that period of division and despair.
Address: Bernauer Straße 111
Admission: free
Openings: Visitor Center | Documentation Center
Tuesdays – Sundays 10:00am – 6:00pm
Open-Air Exhibition and Memorial Grounds
Mondays – Sundays8:00am – 10:00pm
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There are many free museums and also museums with free admission days as well – read about these in a future post.

And if you plan to visit more than 2-3 museums, a museum pass can save you loads of money – here are some of the options:
3-days Berlin Museum Pass
1-day ticket Museuminsel Berlin
Berlin Welcome Card

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