The UNESCO World Heritage Listed Museum Island is without a doubt the jewel in Berlin’s cultural crown and people travel from all over the globe to see its precious treasures and stunning architecture. However it’s not until after they arrive that many people discover the OTHER museums of Berlin.
There are literally hundreds of them: the Ramones, computer games, windmills, architectural drawings, homosexuality, puppets, fire engines, musical instruments, greek and roman plaster casts, marijuana, gas lanterns and more. The list is enormous and fascinating.
Of course nobody has the time or the budget to see them all, so we have put together this guide for our guests, offering some inside tips on Berlin’s museums that will help you navigate through your choices.
The National Museums
This collection of museums, officially the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – is federally funded and contains the most historically important collections in the country. Run by the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, the museums are all housed in historical buildings and their focus is on preservation and education as well as research and the collections include objects and artifacts dating back to the beginning of human history. The five stars of Museum island – Alte Nationalgalerie, Altes Museum, Bode Museum, Neues Museum and the Pergamon Museum – are all included as are the Gemäldegalerie, Hamburger Bahnhof, the Museum for Photography and the Museum for Asian Art, to name a few. The museums are tickets of course and can be visited at your leisure but for a more comprehensive experiences, guided tours, workshops and conferences are also held.
* The hot local tip for these museums is the annual pass. Starting at €25 the basic membership gives you year long access to all permanent exhibitions in the National Museums in off peak times. Even if you only visit Berlin once, this is still great value for money and the best bit – off peak means you avoid the crowds!