The exhibition of the Collection of Classical Antiquities brings together the Greeks, Etruscans and Romans. The collection includes jewellery and coins, tombs and sanctuaries, vases with impressive artwork and statues of well-known emperors and powerful gods, providing a unique insight into the antique world.
The exhibition presents the world of Anne Frank, as well as her friends and family, in the historical context of National Socialism. There is also space given to young people from Berlin and their response today to the questions raised in Anne’s diary.
The Archenhold-Sternwarte is the oldest and largest public observatory in Germany; it contains exhibitions exploring the solar system, the dimensions of space and the history of the development of astronomy.
In a specially designed steel rotunda at Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin artist Yadegar Asisi presents a monumental panorama of everyday life in Kreuzberg district in the 1980s, behind the Berlin Wall.
The Bauhaus Archive contains the largest collection on the history of the Bauhaus movement worldwide. The current special exhibition shows photographs by Hélène Binet depicting buildings by internationally famous artists, primarily in black and white.
The Berlin Cathedral was built under Kaiser Wilhelm II between 1894 and 1905 as a royal and collegiate church of the Hohenzollern dynasty. Inside are works by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Christian Daniel Rauch and Friedrich August Stüler, among others, which originate from the previous church on the site. In the crypt there are over 90 sarcophagi from members of the House of Hohenzollern, dating from the 16th to the 20th century. The Cathedral is open late for the Long Night of Religions, which is taking place for the fourth time in Berlin on 29th August. Visitors to the Long Night of Museums are warmly invited to join the vespers and readings (6pm-11pm). At midnight, guests will be treated to an organ concert. The church and crypt are open until 2am.
The exhibition in the Tegel Fire Station tells the history of the Berlin Fire Brigade, starting with fire-fighting in the time of the first fire regulations in 1650 and taking us up to the current day. A particularly special exhibit stands in front of the Fire Brigade Museum: the very first rescue helicopter used in Berlin, the BO 105.
The only hemp museum in Germany explores the diverse uses of the plant and its significance for different cultures across the world.
Equipped with the latest Fulldome technology, the planetarium’s huge dome is projected with a starry sky for a captivating visitor experience. In clear weather conditions, visitors can also view the stars from the observatory.
In March, the Berlin Story Museum moved from Unter den Linden to a five-storey overground bunker near Anhalter Bahnhof. On one floor the museum presents the history of Berlin in 30 stages with installations, photos, films, city models and exhibits, letting you experience 800 years of history in only an hour. The bunker was built in 1943 to provide protection for up to 12,000 people during the Second World War and was connected to Anhalter Bahnhof station via tunnel. On the Long Night of the Museums you can take a look at the underground level, which has retained many original features including an emergency power generator.
Based in a former station control centre, the museum focuses on the technology of Berlin’s underground network, including machine demonstrations.
Berlin Wall Memorial is the central remembrance site for the division of Germany. Located along the former border zone at Bernauer Straße, it stretches 1.4 km and is accompanied by multimedia portals and texts about everyday life by the Wall and escape attempts. This is the last piece of the Berlin Wall that has been retained in its original depth. The Documentation Centre holds a permanent exhibition about the building of the Wall, the series of events leading up to it and its consequences.
On the site of the main former remand prison the memorial presents the lives of political prisoners in the GDR and the inner workings of the Ministry of State Security (Stasi).
The special exhibition “Radically Modern” in the newly renovated Berlinische Galerie shows architectural visions for Berlin in the 1960s, following the destruction and division of the city. The state museum for modern art, photography and architecture collects and presents art created in Berlin from 1870 to today.
The representative office of Bertelsmann is a place for communication and cultural exchange, as well as a place for music and literature.
The BlackBox Cold War exhibition depicts the division of Germany and Berlin in the context of the international Cold War conflict, at the site of the historic tank confrontation of 1961. Media terminals, films, original documents and artefacts show the complex relationship between the Berlin Wall, the Korean War and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The special exhibition “ONE GOD – Abraham’s Legacy on the Nile” shows the different facets of religious life and the everyday coexistence of the Nile region’s three religious communities from antiquity to the Middle Ages. The permanent exhibition houses the Sculpture Collection with works from the Early Middle Ages to the late 18th century, the Museum of Byzantine Art and the collection of coins and medals, the Münzkabinett.
Clothing finery – in the special exhibition “Kimono”, modern Japanese textile art meets the works of Jugendstil in an exciting dialogue. In the permanent exhibition, the internationally oriented epochal museum presents works of Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Functionalism.
The only museum worldwide dedicated to the artist group “Brücke” currently houses a comprehensive exhibition of 100 works by Max Kaus and Erich Heckel. Kaus met Heckel, ten years his senior, in Ostend during the First World War. They cultivated not only a lively artistic exchange, but also an intense friendship, which finds expression in the their stylistically and thematically related works.
Camaro House, built in 1893, once accommodated Käthe Kollwitz and Paula Modersohn-Becker’s painting lessons. The Alexander und Renata Camaro Foundation looks after the works of the artist couple, making them available to the public. They support artistic movements in fine art, dance, literature, film and music that are significantly influenced by the many-facetted works of Alexander Camaro. Camaro made a name for himself in Expressionist Dance in the 1930s and later taught at the Berlin State School of Fine Arts after the War.
The Computer Games Museum houses the internationally unique permanent exhibition on the cultural history of gaming, showing the development of computer games over the years. See milestones like the first home video game console from 1972 (Odyssey), the first game computer (Commodore C64), and the first mass-produced computer game machine (ComputerSpace).
The current group exhibition “Photo Poetics: An Anthology” throws light on this recent development in photog raphy. In the tradition of concept art, the photographer creates very intimate still life images in his studio that give a deceptive appearance as documentary.
The Museum presents the entire history of film and television under one roof, from the first moving images through to digital film.