The Berlin Plaster Cast Collection (Abguss-Sammlung) has been in existence since the 17th century. The collection has more than 2,000 plaster casts of ancient Greek and Roman sculptures and facilitates teaching and research by providing an overview of the history of Classical sculptural art. The current special exhibition deals with constructions of reality and questions about what art in Ancient Greece depicts and how it does it.
The current exhibition "Flesh/Meat" in the Altes Museum looks at cult, the body and the consumption of flesh, and so, too, at how we relate to this subject. The permanent exhibition in this, Berlin’s oldest museum shows vasepainting, luxury tableware and busts of the Caesars. Come and immerse yourself in Ancient Rome and experience the stories of ancient heroes!
Why did Anne Frank have to flee from Germany with her family? What was her life like in hiding in a house in Amsterdam? The story of this Jewish girl’s life is told in texts, photos, objects and multi-media stations in the Anne Frank Centre close to the Hackesche Höfe.
Following the trauma of the First World War, the pacifist Ernst Friedrich founded an anti-war museum in Berlin-Mitte. The museum was broken up by the Nazis in 1933 and re-opened in 1982 by Friedrich’s grandson Tommy Spree. Todays Anti-War Museum (Anti-Kriegs-Museum) is a reminder of both world wars but also covers modern weapons and explains current crises. An air-raid bunker lets you feel what it was like to spend whole nights sheltering from bombs.
The Archenhold Observatory Berlin (Archenhold-Sternwarte Berlin) in the middle of Treptower Park is Germany’s oldest and largest public observatory. At its heart is the ‘Great Refractor’ built in 1896, the longest lens telescope on earth. In the Zeiss-Kleinplanetarium, the Einstein Room and an astronomical museum, stars and planets are brought close to visitors.
Take yourself on a trip through time to the Kreuzberg of the late 1980s. The 15 x 60 m large asisi panorama DIE MAUER (the Berlin Wall) by Berlin artist Yadegar Asisi is being shown in an 18 m high circular structure built specially to house it. Come and experience at first hand what life was like in the shadow of the Berlin Wall.
Visit us at the temporary bauhaus-archiv / museum für gestaltung! While our building at Klingelhöferstrasse is being renovated and extended, we’ll update you on the upcoming centenary of the Bauhaus in 2019 and our building plans, invite you to workshops and discussions and offer you a large collection of products at our bauhaus-shop. With the view on the future, we consider the history of our museum.
Our distant ancestors were already aware that hemp seeds and hemp products have a high nutritional value. The museum sheds light on the many and various qualities and uses of hemp, which is gaining significance again in today’s industry and medicine. In the café of Germany’s only hemp museum you can try homemade hemp bread and cake.
The Berlin U-Bahn Museum in the former signal box of the underground station Olympia-Stadion displays 116 years of the U-Bahn in Berlin. As well as the electro-mechanical signal lever system, which in its day was the biggest in Europe, you can look forward to radios and drive switches from historic U-Bahn trains.
Thousands of persons persecuted for political reasons were incarcerated in this place, including almost all the well-known GDR opposition figures. The Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial provides insights into the methods of the State Security and the fates of political prisoners in the GDR.
The collection of the Berlinische Galerie / Berlin State Museum for Art, Photography and Architecture (Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur) includes art from Berlin from 1880 to 1980 – from the painting of the Kaiser’s time to Expressionism and the Eastern European avantgarde to post-war modernist architecture and the Wild Paintings of the 1980s. Drop by during the Long Night to see a century of travel photography and take a look at the great variety contained in our collection as well as all our special exhibitions.
Here, contemporary history comes alive. 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.