The Academy of Arts in Berlin was founded in 1696 and is one of Europe’s oldest cultural institutions. It is a place for artists to meet and for public discussions on art and cultural politics. Its archive is internationally valued as a place for research. Katharina Sieverding ushered in the age of large-format photo art in the 1960s, and to mark her receipt of the 2017 Käthe Kollwitz Prize, the Academy in Hanseatenweg is showing a comprehensive retrospective of her public work.
The building recalls ancient temples and accommodates one of the finest collections of 19th century art. Many of the paintings and sculptures on show here were made in Berlin or created by Berlin artists.
Painted vases, luxury tableware and busts of the Caesars – the Ancient World comes to life in Berlin’s oldest museum. Built from designs by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, the museum has been home since 1904 to the world-famous Collection of Classical Antiquities. Come and immerse yourself in Ancient Rome and let ancient heroes tell you tales!
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. It 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-Sternwarte 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 panorama 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. Have a cold drink, a snack or ice cream from our bar in front of the panorama.
Come and join us in the Bauhaus Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung and explore key works of the world’s biggest collection on the history of the Bauhaus. The special exhibition showcases the work of British product and furniture designer Jasper Morrison. At the courtyard of the museum visitors will get to know the Bauhaus Campus and participate in talks and workshops. The Bauhaus Campus consists of Tiny Houses and is an artistic experiment on education and building culture.
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.
Ever wanted to be in charge of a U-Bahn train? Here in the museum in the former signal box at the Olympic Stadium U-Bahn station you can have a go with radio sets and driving switches from historic U-Bahn trains. This is technology made in Berlin – 110 years of the Berlin U-Bahn on display!
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.
Made in Berlin par excellence! The collection of the Berlinische Galerie / 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 1970s. 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.
Travel through time on a unique trip through three centuries of Berlin’s history from revolution to the 2014 football World Cup victory. 87 hightech screens bring the city to life with 180 million pixels and 38-channel surround sound. And there’s an exhibition telling the story of the dramatic changes that Pariser Platz has undergone.
An absolute must for fans of Art Nouveau, Art deco and functionalism! This epoch museum with an international outlook is named after its founder, Karl H. Bröhan. Our exhibits include enchanting porcelain from the Berlin KPM manufactory.
Thrill in the intense colours of Emil Nolde’s paintings! Being one of the great painters of Modernism, the ‘Brücke’ group of artists, founded in 1905, absolutely had to have Nolde as a member because of his force fuluse of colour and uncompromising pictures of landscapes, flowers and figures. Apart from this special exhibition, the world’s only specialist museum devoted to the ‘Brücke’ group has an extensive collection of Expressionist paintings, drawings, posters and sculptures. Open until midnight
In our exhibition space for photography and visual media we show the work of international artists and nurture young talents. For the Long Night we are showing the moving photographs of Czech photographer Josef Koudelka and the two exhibitions Still Life and Optical Illusions. And the photo book special featuring Berlin from A to Z is on sale in our bookshop.
Anatomical theatre, pathologist’s dissecting room, laboratory, clinic and examination room – the Berlin Museum of Medical History at the Charité hospital offers a walk through three centuries of medical history. Ten individual case histories are displayed in a patients’ ward, and specimens from the famous Virchow Collection can be seen as well. The special exhibition ‘Cut & Thrust – on the trail of crime’ follows the work of detectives and forensic experts.
A palace for Sophie Charlotte! Built in 1695–1699 for the ingenious and sophisticated wife of Frederick I, this Baroque palace is the biggest former Hohenzollern residence in Berlin. In the Long Night, various events in the New Wing of Frederick the Great provide insight into the magnificence of Brandenburg-Prussian court life.
Submit to the enchantment of Salvador Dalí’s surreal visual world! See for yourself Dalí’s virtuoso mastery of almost every artistic technique in more than 450 works – some he even created by driving a steamroller over sewing machines, exploding bombs filled with nails, shooting at litho stones with arquebuses and even inventing ‘Bulletism’.
The current exhibition at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle features Roberto Burle Marx (1909–1994), whose groundbreaking designs in Rio de Janeiro, Miami Beach and internationally made him one of the outstanding landscape architects of the 20th century. The exhibition includes drawings, models, paintings and photos from many of his projects.
The Deutsche Dom has graced the Gendarmenmarkt since it was built from plans by Martin Grünberg between 1702 and 1708. Since German Reunification the building has been used by the German Bundestag for exhibitions. The permanent exhibition leads you through the laying of the foundations of the Federal Republic’s political system through the course of German history.
A thrilling jolt awaits you here! This used to be the world’s largest battery storage plant, and this is where you can find out all you ever wanted to know about how energy supply developed and about Berlin as “Electropolis” and you can ask questions about public streetlighting, communications and high voltage technology.
The Borough of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg is typified by its close weave of various nationalities, cultures and lifestyles. The FHXB Friedrichshain- Kreuzberg Museum has an archive of the two city districts merged here which is open to anyone who is interested and shows exhibitions on current topics and which illuminate the history of the city district and the region.