Berlin is a fantastic city, full of experiences that are waiting for you. It has tons of street art (starting with the East Side Gallery), a heart-breaking but incredibly rich history, both ancient and recent, and probably the most exciting nightlife in Europe… but that’s not everything. Berlin is also full of interesting museums, so many and so good that you could easily spend days and days in there, seeing fascinating art pieces and archaeological remains.
Here at GowithOh, we have prepared an extensive list of some of the best museums in Berlin so you’re not overwhelmed with all your options once you’re there. However, before getting to it, we want to give you some good news. Berlin is also known for being one of the most inexpensive European big capitals, but did you know that you can visit most of the museums in Berlin for only 29 euros? That’s right! You can do it thanks to a special card called the Berlin Museum Pass, which opens the door of 30 museums of the capital of Germany for three days, which will surely solve a lot of budget related issues. Besides, there is a reduce price too, so students, kids, the elderly and other social groups can get the Berlin pass for just 14,5 euros. Great, isn’t it?
Let’s now take a look at our list of the best museums in Berlin. Will you have the time to see them all?
The Museum Island of Berlin
In the heart of the beautiful city of Berlin, there is an island that hosts some impressive-looking buildings…Which host even more impressive art pieces and archaeological remains. We’re referring, of course, to the Berlin Museum Island or Museuminsel, where you will find the 5 most important museums of the capital of Germany, and also the most visited (except for the popular Jewish Museum). Let’s take a look at them:
- The Pergamon Museum Berlin: The most popular of them all, with over a million visitors a year. Here you will be able to visit astounding reconstructions of archeaological gems from our ancient history, such as the Ishtar Gate, the Gate of Miletus and others. The Pergamon Altar which gives the museum its name can’t be visited in the moment, though, until 2019.
- The Bode Museum Berlin: Here you will be able to visit beautiful sculptures from different periods of time, from the Middle Ages to the end of the 18th century. The beautiful building where it’s located was designed by Erns von Ihne.
- The Neues Museum: The “New Museum” has had a rocky history. It was almost completely destroyed during WW”, and remained destroyed until less than 20 years ago, when an impressive remodelling that lasted 10 years took place. Nowadays, you can visit their complete collection of Classical Antiquities, the Papyrus collection and lots of pieces from the Egyptian Museum. It’s also a great place to learn about Early history of mankind. Don’t forget that you will be able to see the bust of Nefertiti there too!
- The Alte Nationalgalerie: Here you will be able to see works of art from the Neoclassical period, the Impressionist and the Early Modernist. Some famous names whose paintings are displayed in the Old National Gallery are Monet, Renoir, Schinkel, Blechen or Manet.
- The Altes Museum: It was the first museum to open in the Museum Island, and hosts a wide collection of ancient art. You will be delighted with all the pieces from the Roman Empire and Ancient Greece, as well as its impressive collection of Etruscan art.
Recommended guided tours in Berlin
If you do not have much time and would prefer an expert to guide you, a guided tour is very useful.
Other museums in Berlin
- Jewish Museum Berlin: Three whole buildings host the Berlin Jewish Museum, one of the biggest Jewish museums in Europe. In this interesting architectural complex, you will be able to explore the sad history of the German Jews, including some special sculptures and installations that will take your breath away. It receives over 700.000 visitors a year. You can’t miss it!
- Bauhaus Museum Berlin: In the Bauhaus Archiv Berlin you will be able to visit a wide collection from the iconic design and architecture school, including, of course, works by some of its most famous names, such as Paul Klee, Walter Gropius or Mies van der Rohe.
- Stasi Museum Berlin: As we’ve said, Berlin is a city full of history. Learn lots about the infamous Ministry for State Security and its doings during the Cold War.
- Spy Museum Berlin: The German Spy Museum will take you back to the Berlin of WW2 and the Cold War, the world’s capital of espionage. You will learn about all the tricks and methods of the spies at the time, which surely guarantees a good time!
- Technik Museum Berlin: If you’re interested in technology, you can’t miss this wonderful Berlin museum, where you will be able to revisit old technology and to be astounded by the new one.
- DDR Museum Berlin: Those impressed with the history of Germany and Berlin can’t miss this trip to the insides of the German Democratic Republic, that is, the everyday lives of those who experienced it.