Museums & Monuments

With over 175 museums and many more monuments, Berlin is a excellent place for those who have a thirst for knowledge. Check out our list of some of the most important and interesting museums throughout the city. Covering topics from art to archaeology, there is a museum to interest every taste. 

Housed inside the French Cathedral, this museum details the history of the Huguenot community in France and Brandenburg. Open Tuesday to Saturday 12:00-17:00. At Gendarmenmarkt 6, Berlin-Mitte.
This late neo-classical building houses a collection of Art Nouveau, Art Deco objects and Secessionist paintings. Furniture, glasswork and porcelain also on display. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-18:00. At Schlossstrasse 1a, Berlin-Charlottenburg.
Neues Museum
Home to the Egyptian museum and papyrus collection as well as the museum of prehistory and early history. At Bodestr. 1-3, 10178 Berlin.
Soviet War Memorial in Tiergarten
Huge monument commemorating over 300,000 Soviet soldiers who died during the battle for Berlin in World War II. Also a cemetery for 2500 Soviet casualties. At Strasse des 17 Juni, Berlin-Tiergarten.
Allierten Museum
Situated in the former US military section, this museum houses an exhibition of military memorabilia, everyday objects, film and photographs explaining life during the Cold War. Open 10:00 to 18:00, closed Wednesdays. At Clayallee 135, Berlin-Zehlendorf.
The Bode Museum
Sculpture Collection and Museum of Byzantine Art and the Münzkabinett, showing one of the largest numismatic collections with over 500,000 objects including coins from Greece, Ancient Rome, European coins. Also home of paintings from the Gemäldegalerie th...
Jewish Museum
The Jüdisches Museum has over 3000 m2 of exhibition space covering German-Jewish life over the last 2000 years as well as Jewish history and art. Building by Daniel Libeskind. At Lindenstrasse 9-14, 10969 Berlin.
Hamburger Bahnhof
Museum showing the contemporary art collection featuring movements since 1960. On show is the outstanding Friedrich Christian Flick collection including over 2000 works by approximately 150 artists. At Invalidenstrasse 50-51, 10557 Berlin-Tiergarten.
Topographie des Terrors
Once the headquarters of the Gestapo, SS and Security Service. Now documentation Center of Nazi terror and one of the most frequently visited places of remembrance in Berlin. At Stresemannstrasse 110, Berlin-Mitte.
Ethnological Museum
The Ethnologisches Museum collections include objects from Asia, Europe, the Islamic world, North America and Africa. There is also a children's museum for 5-12 year olds and a museum for the blind. Situated at Lansstrasse 8, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem.
Holocaust Memorial
Officially called the Monument to the Murdered Jews in Europe, the memorial can be visited at any time. Located near the Brandenburg Gate.
Zille Museum
Museum devoted to Heinrich Zille whose famous comic sketches captured life in Berlin around the turn of the 20th century. The museum is in the historic Nikolai Viertel. Open daily from 11.00 to 18.00. At Propststr. 11, 10178 Berlin-Mitte.
Brandenburg Gate
This neo-classical strucure is Berlins most famous monument. Built over 200 years ago it now stands as a symbol of the reunification.
New National Gallery
CLOSED for refurbishment until 2019. The Neue Nationalgalerie houses a collection of modern art from the 20th century, as well as late 19th century artists such as Munch. Cubism, Expressionism, Bauhaus and Surrealism are represented here. Potsdamer Strass...
Altes Museum
Collections of portraits and old masters as well as Egyptian artefacts. Open Monday to Sunday from 10:00-18:00, Thursday until 22:00. At Bodestrasse 1-3, 10178 Berlin-Mitte.
Museum of Musical Instruments
Over 750 instruments in a collection dating from 1888. Demonstrations of a 1929 Wurlitzer. At Tiergartenstrasse 1, Berlin-Tiergarten.
German Museum of Technology
Demonstrations and interactive activities as well as special events and exhibitions. Trebbiner Str. 9, 10963 Berlin-Kreuzberg.
Bauhaus Archiv
Paintings and sculptures by Paul Klee, Kandinsky, van Doesburg, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and other exponents of the Bauhaus school of art. Open Wednesday to Monday 10:00-17:00. At Klingelhoeferstrasse 14, Berlin-Tiergarten.
Museum of Post and Telecommunications
Founded in 1872, the worlds oldest post office museum houses exhibits illustrating the history of postal and telecommunications services. At Leipziger Strasse 16, Berlin-Mitte.
Gemäldegalerie - Old Master Paintings
European art collection from the 13th to 18th centuries including works by van Eyck, Bruegel, Durer, Raphael, Tizian, Caravaggio, Rubens, Vermeer and Rembrandt. At Matthaikirchplatz 4/6, 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten.
Stasi Museum
Originally the headquarters of the Stasi, this building houses photographs and documents depicting the activities of the East German secret service. Open Monday to Friday 11:00-18:00, Saturday, Sunday 12:00-18:00. Ruschestrasse 103, Berlin-Lichtenberg. Gu...
Filmmuseum Berlin
The history of film from silent movies to the latest sci-fi production. Special emphasis on German films of the 1920s, also unique collection of Marlene Dietrichs personal effects. At Potsdamer Strasse 2, 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten.
Natural History Museum/Museum fuer Naturkunde
One of the largest natural history museums in the world, with over 60 million exhibits including the worlds largest original dinosaur skeleton. Open Tuesday to Friday 09:30-18:00, Saturday-Sunday 10:00-18:00. At Invalidenstrasse 43, Berlin-Tiergarten.
Sammlung Berggruen
Impressive collection of paintings, drawings and gouaches by Picasso, as well as over 20 works by Paul Klee. At Schlossstrasse 1, Berlin-Charlottenburg.
House of the Wannsee-Konferenz
The "final solution" was decided by Adolf Eichmann and the SS at this luxury villa. Since 1992, it has been a museum and place of remembrance, with exhibitions about the Holocaust. Open daily 10:00-18:00. Am Grossen Wannsee 56-58, Berlin-Zehlendorf.
The Reichstag
Neo-Renaissance building, home of the German Parliament since re-unification. New dome added in 1999 by Sir Norman Foster. Dome accessible daily 8:00 to 24:00, please register online prior to visit. At Platz der Republik, Berlin-Tiergarten.
Pergamon Museum
Home of the world famous Pergamon Altar, and the Ishtar Gate and Processional Way of Babylon. Three collections: Classical Antiques, Museum of the Ancient Near East and Museum of Islamic Art. Am Kupfergraben 5, 10117 Berlin. Unter renovation, but accessib...
Friedrichswerder Church
Neo-Gothic church designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel and housing sculptures from the early 19th century. Highlights include Johann Gottfried Schadows original plaster model of the Prussian princesses. At Werderscher Markt, 10117 Berlin-Mitte.
Checkpoint Charlie
Probably one of the most famous border crossing points. All that remains is a watchtower that houses a museum documenting the history of the Berlin wall, through films, texts and photos. Open from 09:00-22:00 every day. Friedrichstrasse 43-45, Berlin.
Old National Gallery
The Alte Nationalgalerie has collections of 19th century sculptures and paintings and is part of Berlins Museum Island, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 (22:00 on Thursdays) Bodestrasse 1-3, 10178 Berlin
Museum for German History / Deutsches Historisches Museum
Berlins most significant Baroque building housing a permanent exhibition on German history. Guided tours and audio tours in English. Open daily from 10:00-18:00. At Unter den Linden 2, 10117 Berlin-Mitte.
Museum of European Cultures
The Museum Europaischer Kulturen hosts temporary exhibitions that reflect European culture from the 18th century to the modern day. Closed Mondays. Lansstr. 8, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem.
Helmut Newton Foundation
Photography museum presenting over a thousand photos by Helmut Newton and his wife June. Also a number of temporary exhibitions with works by other artists and photographers. Closed Mondays. Jebensstrasse 2, 10623 Berlin-Charlottenburg.
Bruecke Museum
Collection of German Expressionist paintings linked to the Die Bruecke group housed in a Bauhaus style building. Open from 11:00-17:00 every day except Tuesday at Bussardsteig 9, Berlin-Dahlem.
Schloss Charlottenburg
Originally intended as a summer home for Sophie Charlotte, this stunning palace houses a collection of richly decorated interiors unrivalled in Berlin. Spandauer Damm 10-22, 14059 Berlin-Charlottenburg.
Soviet War Memorial Treptow
Largest Soviet War Memorial in Germany and main memorial, located in Treptower Park, at Treptower Park 50, 12435 Berlin.
Museum of Decorative Arts
The Kunstgewerbemuseum has many different crafts and decorative arts on exhibition. Closed Mondays. At Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz and Schloss Kopenick (Kopenick Palace).
Museumsdorf Dueppel
Reconstructed medieval village on the site of a 13th century settlement, displaying traditional crafts and breeds of pigs and sheep. At Clauerstrasse 11, Berlin-Zehlendorf.