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“Berlin's Hidden Treasure” 5 of 5 stars
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Museum of Ethnology (Ethnologisches Museum)
Lansstrasse 8 | Dahlem, Berlin, Germany (Zehlendorf)
49 30 8301438
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“Berlin's Hidden Treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

Do not miss this museum if you have any interest in world cultures, it deserves infinitely greater fame. Located a little out of the centre of Berlin (and easily combined as a day-trip with the nearby Botanical Gardens), in Dahlem, this outstanding museum, displaying the art and artefacts of cultures from every continent, is well organised, beautifully displayed, never crowded, a joy to visit and absolutely worth the minimal effort required to get there. Quite simply, it's one of the greatest ethnographic collections in the world. There is something for everyone here, kids too. Probably too much to view in one day (perhaps a break in the cafe may help?) There are temporary special interest exhibitions too. For those who speak little German, many exhibits are also extensively labelled in English. Staff are helpful and pleasant and there's an excellent bookshop. An enjoyable, stimulating and inspiring contrast to the very overcrowded central museums of the Museumsinsel. The building also houses the Museum of European Cultures and the Museum of Asian Art.

Visited August 2012
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“Don't miss this museum: it's simply one of the Best in the World”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011

The Dahlem Museum in Berlin contains some of the greatest collections of American Indian, Oceanic, African, Southeast Asian art in the world. It is a treasure trove of outstanding exhibits. It is not in the center of Berlin and sometimes gets overlooked, which is unfortunate, because it is one of the World's great ethnological museums that boosts outstanding exhibtions, displays, and stunningly beautiful works of art from around the world.

Visited September 2010
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“Marvelous Collections”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2010

You can barely take in all of the collections in one trip - lots of Pre-colombian and beside that native north american. African, predictably strong on ex-German colonies like Cameroon, and also projecting great old film footage of native rituals. The Oceanic is perhaps the strongest part of the collection with great New Ireland ancestor figures, Papua, Maori, Vanuatu and all sorts as well as a fine collection of boats like outrigger canoes with woven mat sails, carved prows, paddles etc. If you like tribal art or have ethnographic interests, or have kids who will be fascinated by this sort of stuff, get yourself down to Dahlem, It's very straightforward to get here and I guarantee you won't regret it.

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“One of the best of its kind”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2010

Located in Dahlem away from the busy city centre yet readily accessible via public transport, this museum is a gem that should be visited more than once to take in all the superb exhibits, especially Native American. One could argue that these exhibits should not be kept in Europe, yet I am glad they are because of their sheer beauty. The café downstairs is a good place to stop for a while, whether for lunch or just for a cup of coffee.

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“Coming from an intern....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2006

The ethnology museum in Berlin has a lot of history behind hit. It was opened during the late 19th century in building that was partially destroyed by the second world war. Many of the treasures housed there before the war which had been collected by famous archaeologists, anthropologists, collectors etc were safeguarded during the war in makeshift bunkers in Berlin and other places such as Celle. The museum is home to over 500,000 objects collected over a period of over a hundred years spanning, well you get the point. Sections in the museum include, American archaeology which includes meso- and south- and north American objects, Indian art, Asian art, European ethnology, African art and ethnology, and pacific south sees section to rival any ever collected. The museum is not only a Berlin treasure it is a must see for anyone tourist or resident. Location-wise it is a fair distance from most sights in the east. Getting there is readily easy in a city with as good of public transportation as Berlin. So check it out!!

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