That is a major change, susanwalsh: thank you for flagging it up. I bought my most recent annual pass in January, and it hadn't yet changed, so I was unaware of it.
>It doesn't work for the Deutsches museum,the Bauhaus or Charlottenburg palace so we totted up quite a lot more museum entry fees some of which were eligible for the Museum pass.<
No, it doesn't. It works only for the State Museums (55 of them) as I made clear in my post (No.2) on 16 October:
>Be aware that the pass covers only the State museums:
It doesn't cover the private museums, including some of the major ones - e.g. the Jewish Museum and the German Historical Museum - and others such as Checkpoint Charlie and the DDR Museum not covered, for which you'll have to pay the entry fees.<
It underlines the very important point that when buying any pass, whether the Museum Pass, or the Welcome Card, or the City Tour Card, the spade work must be done! It can't be avoided!
Adding up what I can remember of the entry fees of the museums you visited, you would have spent - roughly - 85-90 euros. So you are certainly not out of pocket. But if you had been willing to concentrate all your museum visits into six days, yes, you would have been better off with two three-day passes at 24 euros each.
You should probably have also had the Welcome Card, which would have given you discounts on many of the museums not covered by the Museum Pass, as well as all your transport needs.
(Incidentally, he Deutsches Historisches Museum, the Bauhaus Archiv, and Schloss Charlottenburg are not State museums and are NOT covered by the Museum Pass. The Bauhaus Archiv and the DHM are discounted by the Welcome Card, though.)
It's complicated! That's why one needs to do the research, and it does take time. But it is time well spent.
Thanks again for notifying us about the Annual Museum Pass changes. Can you confirm that it really is available only at the Altes Museum? I know you can't go back to check, but it seems very strange - perhaps the museum authorities are trying to discourage tourists from acquiring it. It is, after all, mainly meant for residents.
Edited: 12:58 pm, April 27, 2013