Berlin is a one stop place for lovers of all things museums! With around 170 art galleries, memorials and museums, there is more than enough history to explore in Germany’s capital. With so many fantastic museums and so little time, you’ll surely want to visit the very best Berlin has to offer! That is why we have kindly compiled an overview of the best Berlin museums found all around the stunning German capital, so you don’t have to sift through the good from the very good!
Home to a collection of Berlin’s most divine museums, Museum Island is the first place you should check out! From the Altes Museum which was constructed with Greek architecture in mind and is made up of beautiful columns and rotundas, to the Pergamon Museum which is three museums in one, there is plenty to see and do at Museum Island. Also found at Museum Island is the Bode Museum which is home to the largest coin collection in the world and a huge assortment of Byzantine art. Of course a trip to Museum Island wouldn’t be complete without stopping at the Neues Museum to gaze upon the beauty of Egyptian Queen Nefertiti!
A trip to Berlin isn’t truly worthwhile until you’ve explored the Jewish Museum. Renowned for its snazzy and unique architecture, the Jewish Museum is more than just a pretty building. It offers you the chance to learn all about Jewish life throughout the ages and of course documents the horror that occurred during the holocaust. With a vast collection of Jewish contemporary art, history and fun exhibitions, the Jewish Museum is not to be missed out.
Museum for Contemporary Art
Speaking of contemporary art, the Hamburger Bahnhof offers you the chance to learn all about art from as far back as the 20th century. Inside you’ll marvel at the work of Andy Warhol, Pipilotti Rist, Robert Rauschenberg, Joseph Beuys and many other Gods of the art world! The museum is built within a former 1800’s train station and is definitely not to be passed up by those of you with a passion for art.
Museum of Design
Designed by Bauhaus genius Walter Gropius and home to possibly the biggest Bauhaus collection the world has ever known, the Museum of Design is as famous in Berlin as its wall once was! Ceramics, bookbinding, printing, it’s all found at the Museum of Design!
Helmut Newton Photography Museum
Got an eye for all things photography? Then look no further than the Helmut Newton Photography Museum! From permanent Helmut Newton exhibitions to many exciting temporary exhibitions, there is enough here to keep any camera mad individual happy! There are over 250 of Newton’s work stored in this wonderful photography museum and a lot of it may not be suitable for younger eyes. Those familiar with Helmut Newton will be aware of his obsession with the female body and it is definitely evident once you’ve paid a visit to this museum.
German Historical Museum
You can’t possibly visit Germany and leave without learning all about German history! Found in the famous Unter den Linden, the museum is completely dedicated to feeding you with 2000 years worth of German knowledge. It has countless exhibitions which detail each historical period fantastically and will leave you overwhelmed with fascination. With so much to explore, it is probably best to plan two separate visits to make sure you take it all in properly.
Topography of Terror
Whether you are a history buff or just have an interest in the World War, you must visit the Topography of Terror! Not only is it designed to be awe-inspiring but it provides you with a huge amount of information regarding World War II and the aftermath. The fact that the museum located right next to other notable Berlin monuments allows you to kill two birds with one stone! So for a fantastic look into the war that changed the world, make sure you visit the Topography of Terror.
So there you have it! A handful of the best museums Berlin has to offer. It may take you a while for you to fully exhaust these fabulous museums, but the great thing about Berlin is that it has so many ever changing museums that you won’t ever get bored of visiting them! So plan a trip to Berlin today and explore some of these magnificent museums – I assure you, it’ll be a trip you’ll never forget!