Visiting Museums in Berlin

Art, archaeology, history, literature... find out how to make the most of the museums using discount tickets and vouchers...

There are literally hundreds of museums in Berlin, ranging from the gigantic Pergamon museum, which houses an original Pergamon altar, to a great number of independent art galleries and private collections, around the city's residential areas.

Discounts and Special Events

Many museums offer discounts for students, groups (when booked in advance), pensioners and the unemployed (on presenting the correct documentation). There are also regular special museum openings and discounts.

Berlin State Museum ticket

Single-day or three-day passes are available to visit all state-run museums in Berlin (not valid for special exhibitions). Participating museums include the Altes Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie, the Bode Museum, the Pergamon Museum, the Schinkel Museum, the Hamburger Bahnhof, the Musical Instrument Museum, the Painting Gallery, the Art Library, the Museum of European Cultures, the Museum of Prints and Drawings, the Egyptian Museum, the Berggruen Collection, the Museum of Arts and Crafts, the Neue Nationalgalerie, the Romantic Gallery and the Primeval and Early History Museum.

Tickets can be bought from any of the participating museums.

Special events

  • Lange Nacht der Museen (Long museum night): This event happens twice a year. Ticket-holders may visit all participating museums until 02:00. There is also a free bus service between museums. Tickets can be bought in any participating museum
  • On the first Thursday of every month, a large selection of Berlin's major museums offer free entrance between 18:00-22:00

Berlin Museum Island (Museuminsel)

Museum Island lies between the river Spree and Kupfergraben and was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2000. The island is made up of a number of museums: the Pergamon Museum, Altes Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie, Bode Museum and the Neues Museum and houses archaeological collections and 19th century art.

Pergamon Museum

Home to three independent collections: the museum of Antiquities, the museum of Islamic Art and the Museum of near Eastern Antiquities. Due to renovations, the Pergamon Alter hall is closed to visitors until 2019.

  • Pergamon Museum
    At: Bodestr. 1-3, 10178  Berlin-Mitte
    Tel: 030 266 42 42 42
    Open: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-18:00 (Thursdays until 22:00)

Neues Museum

After suffering severe damage during World War II, the Neues Museum was extensively renovated and reopened its doors in 2009. It currently holds exhibitions of Egyptian art, classical antiquities, and prehistoric objects. It is also the location of the famous bust of Nefertiti.

  • Neues Museum
    At: Bodestr. 1-3, 10178 Berlin-Mitte
    Tel: 030 266 42 42 42
    Open: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 - 18:00 (Thursdays until 22:00)

Altes Museum

Collection of antiquities showcasing the art and culture of the Greeks, Romans, and Eltruscans.

  • Altes Museum
    At: Lustgarten, 10178 Berlin-Mitte
    : 030 2090 5577
    : Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-18:00 (Thursday until 22:00)

Other Museums and Monuments in Berlin

Jewish Museum (Jüdisches Museum)

The Jüdisches Museum has over 3,000 square metres of exhibition space covering German-Jewish life over the last 2,000 years and Jewish history and art.

  • Jewish Museum
    : Lindenstrasse 9-14, 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg
    : 030 2599 3300
    : daily 10:00-20:00 (Mondays until 22:00)

Berlin Holocaust Memorial

Officially named the "Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe" this 19000m2 memorial consists of 2711 concrete blocks of different sizes arranged in a grid. It was opened in 2005 and is one of the most important and internationally recognized memorials in Germany. The information center at the site documents the persecution and genocide of the Jewish people of Europe and hosts temporary exhibitions on similar subjects.

  • Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
  • At: Cora-Berliner-Strabe 1, 10117 Berlin
  • Tel: 030 26 39 43 0
  • Open: Information center: Apr-Sept: Tue-Sun, 10:00-20:00 (last admission 19:15); Oct-Mar: Tue-Sun, 10:00-19:00 (last admission 18:15); closing days Dec. 24 to 26, Dec.31 from 16:00. The memorial is open 24 hours a day. 

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.

Deutsche Kinemathek

The Berlin film museum on Potsdamer Platz has several permanent exhibitions; one traces the pioneering early days of cinema, through film.

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