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Berlin Museums and Attractions

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ABOVE: Mosaic from the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Berlin.

Berlin has nearly 140 museums. Here are a few of the museums that are especially noteworthy:

Berlininfo.com: Museums + Collections
This page from Berlininfo.com has general information on museums and which collections are open on Mondays (the traditional day off for Berlin museums). Note: With the 3-day "Berlin Museums Card," you can visit more than 50 museums and collections in three consecutive days for a flat fee. The card is available at Berlin's Tourist Info centers.

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Berlin's 17 state museums have been united since 1991. Their collections include European and non-European art, archaelology, and ethnology.

Allied Museum
View exhibits about the U.S., British, and French role in Berlin during the Occupation and Cold War years from 1945 to 1994.

Bauhaus-Archiv Museum of Design
Walter Gropius designed this building, which houses plans, photos, workshop pieces, and other exhibits that celebrate the Bauhaus architecture school and design movement.

Beate Uhse Erotik-Museum
An article in the Washington Post describes a museum that "attracts a quarter of a million visitors annually and ranks among the city's top five museums by attendance." Also see the museum's German-language site.

Botanical Garden and Museum
Start your tour with a map of the garden, then see what the museum has in store.

Brücke Museum
"The Bridge" was Germany's Expressionist movement in the early 20th Century, and the Brücke Museum is devoted to works from that "young and wild" generation of Dresden and Berlin artists.

Computerspielemuseum
The "world's first permanent exhibition devoted to digital interactive entertainment culture" has more than 300 exhibits that portray the "historical development and the projected future" of computer games.

Deutsches Historisches Museum
The new German Historical Museum is in the Zeughaus, or Arsenal, the oldest building on Unter den Linden.

Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin
The German Museum of Technology's vast collection has locomotives, industrial machinery, modern high-tech devices, a working windwill, a "sugar museum," the SPECTRUM Science Center, and more. Live demonstrations and activities cater to both children and adults.

Filmpark Babelsberg
Visit Germany's answer to Universal Studios in Potsdam, which you can reach from Berlin by road or by S-Bahn and a connecting bus.

Georg Kolbe Museum
Figurative sculptures of the 20th Century are the focus of this museum in the late sculptor's studio.

German Bundestag
Berlin is the capital of reunified Germany, and the Bundestag (Parliament) allows visits to its chambers in the Reichstag.

House of the Wannsee-Conference
In 1942, Nazi leaders met in a villa by the Wannsee (a lake on the southwestern edge of Berlin) to plan the "Final Solution" that resulted in the Holocaust. The building is now a museum and study center.

Jewish Museum Berlin
The successor to Berlin's original Jewish Museum (which was destroyed by the Nazis) commemmorates 1,800 years of German Jewish history. (This poorly designed site will open in a new browser window.)

Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundations
Click "English," then use the drop-down menus at the top of the page for information on palaces and gardens that are operated by the Stiftung Preussische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenberg.

Ramones Museum Berlin
Join a "rollercoaster ride through 22 years of Fun, Punk, Bubblegum and Trauma" at the world's first museum of Ramones memorabilia.

Willy-Brandt Stiftung
The Willy Brandt Foundation celebrates the life and times of the man who served as mayor of West Berlin, chancellor of the German Federal Republic, and Social Democratic Party chairman.


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