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Museums and exhibitions in Berlin

In Berlin you will find more than 125 museums and at least as many exhibitions. If you like museums, culture and history, you can easily spend a week in the German capital. We have listed the 10 best museums for you and have some useful tips for free museums in Berlin.
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Top 10 museums in Berlin

1. Neues Museum

The Neues Museum has a permanent collection of European and Egyptian archaeological finds as well as changing exhibitions. The exhibitions are beautiful, but the rooms themselves are equally stunning.

Address: Bodestraße 1-3 (museumeiland)
Website:
www.smb.museum

2. Het DDR Museum

The museum takes you back to former East Germany. No lengthy texts in this museum, but an interactive experience.

Address: Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 1
Website:
www.ddr-museum.de

3. Pergamon Museum

The Pergamon Museum features life-size ancient buildings, including the facade of the Mschatta Caliphate Palace in Jordan and the Market Gate in Miletus.

Address: Bodestraße 1-3 (museumeiland)
Website:
www.smb.museum

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4. Bauhaus Archiv

The Bauhaus Archiv is a must-see for art lovers. This museum will acquaint you with crucial German art movements by displaying artwork, architecture, and photography.

Address: Knesebeckstr. 1–2
Website:
www.bauhaus.de

5. Jewish Museum

At the Jewish Museum, you can learn everything about Berlin's Jewish history, of which the horrors of the Second World War are only a part. Admission is free.

Address: Lindenstraße 9–14
Website:
www.jmberlin.de

6. Museum der Dinge

The great thing about the Museum der Dinge is that you see ordinary objects that almost everyone has at home. The thoughtful composition and presentation make it an interesting and cheerful museum. Admission is free on Sundays.

Address: Oranienstraße 25
Website:
www.museumderdinge.org

7. Humboldt Forum

The Humboldt Forum has a replica of an old castle and a modern part on the banks of the Spree. The museum offers changing exhibitions on various topics. Admission is free in some parts of the museum.

Address: Schlossplatz
W
ebsite: www.humboldtforum.org

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8. Deutsches Technikmuseum

The Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin is one of the largest technology museums in the world. Here you can conduct physics experiments and learn how common devices work.

Address: Trebbiner Straße 9
Website:
technikmuseum.berlin

9. Berliner Unterwelten

Berliner Unterwelten is a small museum that gives you an insight into life underground (literally!) during the Second World War. You can visit bunker complexes, tunnels and air-raid shelters. The museum offers various guided tours.

Address: Brunnenstraße 105
Website:
www.berliner-unterwelten.de

10. Het Trabi Museum

The Trabi Museum is located next to Checkpoint Charlie and shows the history of the Trabant. Here you will find the car in many surprising shapes and sizes. Located some 100 metres away is Trabi World is, where you can book a ride in a Trabant car, the Trabi Safari.

Address: Zimmerstraße 14-15
Website:
www.trabi-museum.com

Tip: combine your museum visit with a walk past the Berlin highlights.

Free museums in Berlin

You must pay an entrance fee to visit most museums in Berlin. Fortunately, there are also museums, exhibitions and monuments that you can admire for free. On the first Sunday of the month, museum visits are often free. For special exhibitions, you have to pay. EU citizens 25 years old and younger can also enter most museums for free.
Some examples of free museums are

Museum visits with discount

Would you like to visit multiple museums during your Berlin city break? Then you can buy a discount pass. The Museum Pass Berlin offers you three days of free admission to more than thirty museums and exhibitions.
With the Berlin WelcomeCard, you can travel for free on public transport within selected zones for two to six days and receive up to 50% discount on partner admission tickets.

Overnight stays in Berlin between museum visits

One day is not nearly enough to visit the most beautiful museums in Berlin. Book an overnight stay to enjoy this city's cultural and historical highlights to the full. In Berlin, you can choose between two hotels within the Train & Hotel package. Spend the night in a three or four-star hotel easily accessible by public transport. Of course, you can also book another hotel at Booking.com.

Travel to Berlin by train

You can book a train to Berlin from as little as € 38. There is a direct connection from Amsterdam and Amersfoort. If your journey starts in Rotterdam, Schiphol, Utrecht or Arnhem, you will have to change trains. You can find more details about the best trip in the booking system.

Cheap travel to Berlin

The sooner you book, the cheaper your trip! You can buy your train ticket to Berlin six months before departure. Travelling on weekdays – especially Mondays through Thursdays – is much cheaper. For those wanting to go for a weekend to Berlin, it is better to travel from Saturday to Monday than Friday to Sunday.

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    Museums in Berlin

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