Jewish Museum Berlin
Jewish Museum Berlin
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Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Since opening its doors in 2001, the Jewish Museums Berlin has joined the ranks of Europe’s leading museums. Its exhibitions, educational activities, and diverse program of events make the museum a vibrant center of reflection on Jewish history and culture as well as about migration and diversity in Germany. An architectural masterpiece, Daniel Libeskind’s spectacular structure has firmly established itself as one of Berlin’s most recognizable landmarks. The zinc-paneled building is innovative in the connection it creates between the museum’s topics and its architecture. Closing days 2018: 10 and 11 September 2018 (Rosh ha-Shanah) 19 September 2018 (Yom Kippur) 10 November 2018 (Anniversary Dinner) 24 December 2018 (Christmas Eve)
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighborhood: Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg (Borough)
How to get there
  • Hallesches Tor • 8 min walk
  • Kochstraße • 8 min walk
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  • Charlie L
    Pewsey, United Kingdom1,095 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Architecture and a moving story
    I was a bit sceptical about the architectural context when I heard about this place but was really impressed with that aspect when we visited. It's an engaging environment to immerse yourself in, and the various aspects that encourage you to 'experience' some of the stages of the Jewish story through architecture are intriguing and thought provoking. It's definitely worth a visit (and it's also free which seems amazing value.) The exhibits themselves cover a lot of ground, from the dawn of Judaism to the holocaust and beyond, which is all presented very well, so allow a couple of hours at least for your visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 28, 2023
  • levtahor
    Zichron Yaakov, Israel262 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very meaningful historical and cultural experience
    This museum has a breadth of exhibits that range from Jewish culture and religion to Jewish history, with a specific focus on Jewish history in Germanic areas. We brought our children and they learned a tremendous amount from the exhibits. The architecture is unique and added to our experience.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Dooky
    Greater Sydney, Australia7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Display and Architecture
    The architecture is amazing and designed to make one feel connected to the plight of the Jewish people over the generations. It can be a little disorientating but once you empathise with what the Jewish people have gone through, you can handle the disorientation. The top floor has the artefacts, art and interactive displays that were all fabulous.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 5, 2023
  • operalover939
    Toronto, Canada2,928 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderfully informative
    I'm no fan of Daniel Libeskind's design, but the curators seem to have done well with the space available. I was more impressed with the presentation than when I last visited the museum six years ago. A bonus this time was a special exhibition on Jews in the GDR. The ticket for this exhibition was 8 euros; the main museum features free entry. Highly recommended!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 18, 2023
  • gersfeld
    New York City, New York79 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Painful, poignant and worthwhile
    This is a superb museum in every respect. The architecture achieves what it set out to do and the curatorial decision made throughout about how to display and convey aspects of the Holocaust are spot on. It is a difficult and painful museum to visit so if you start to feel feint, head for the cafe and beautiful garden for a break. But if you are interested in what happened to the Jewish population during World War II this is a must see.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 21, 2023
  • Michael O
    Hertford, United Kingdom111 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical walk
    If you are interested in history then for £0 (free) this museum is worth its weight in gold. It will take you at least an hour to get around and there are activities along the way. Highlights: the iron mask floor (level 1) which you walk across, the staff are very polite and enjoy assisting. All in all a 10/10 Well worth the visit
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 5, 2023
  • Wander04032092245
    3 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Too busy to enjoy
    Way too busy, the descriptions of the exhibitions are written in sufficiently small font that only one or two people may read at a time. You spend most of the day just queueing to read descriptions. They also confiscate your jacket so visiting outside exhibits in the winter is very unpleasant.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 2, 2024
  • Rovers1875
    Accrington, United Kingdom29 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disappointing - school trips must be really bored
    3 at the most Very strange. I appreciate some areas were meant to feel like a foreign in a foreign land but we couldn’t get to grips with this museum. Told take iPods. Why?!! Nothing to scan listen to. I asked staff in English, she was a bit off with me. Learnt nothing today. Glad it was free
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 12, 2024
  • helenandpaul13
    Worcester, United Kingdom1,672 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Displays a clear insight about what life was like as a Jew in Nazi occupied Germany
    We went here for the day and managed to walk it from the hotel, which took about an hour. It is well signposted and you can get there easy with a local map. Also, after you leave you can walk into the city and see more local sites. Although the museum has lots of interesting items I found the ear piece guide very hard to follow and often I was walking round the site without much guidance. Without the electronic guide it can be hard to capture where exactly you are. However, there are some lovely exhibits. The obelisks outside on the uneven floor are lovely give visitors a feeling of being lost without a clear way out. Upstairs there is a fabulous relic showing all the anti-Semitic laws created in Germany over about 15 years up to 1945, showing how the Jews were made exempt from society. There were probably over a thousand separate laws created during this time which gave visitors a clear insight about their experiences of German life after Hitler came to power. VERY POWERFUL EXHIBIT ON ITS OWN.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 11, 2024
  • Dianne W
    Maidstone, United Kingdom38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A moving and unforgettable experience
    This is an extraordinary and powerful museum, quite unlike any I've ever visited. The architecture is designed to keep the visitor off balance and disoriented to suggest the uneasy relationship the Jews have had in German society throughout the centuries. The displays are clear and well written, reinforced by the handheld audio/written guide. The wide tunnel where visitors literally walk on suffering faces is incredibly powerful. There is so much here that it takes most of the day. Thank goodness for the beautiful light and large conservatory restaurant.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 23, 2024
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Moko988
Cork, Ireland30 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
First of all, I don't have any satisfaction in giving one star but I feel it's my duty to warn people what to expect here. We knew that museum will lack access to some sections as they were reconstructed and we were OK with it. However, the entrance fee is still the same and that is not fair to visitors in my honest opinion.

Having put that aside we decided to go in anyway as the subject is of great importance to human kind and we were eager to learn more of it.

We then had a very cold welcome by two female employees at reception. One assumed that we knew everything about procedure, security check etc. and was rolling her eyes on tiniest sign of our confusion about those things. Other one was extremely disinterested and was typing on her mobile phone the whole time just to turn her head at us to say: "You have your tickets, you can go!". I don't expect red carpet treatment but I do expect to be treated as a fellow citizen with manners of "please, thank you, you are welcome". Both of them failed at that, however the rest of the staff were at least professional.

Museum itself was just mostly empty space with very random almost artsy sections. Void room is the only thing worth mentioning as it is extremely powerful experience. The rest of it is really not worth mentioning and I am very sad to conclude that this museum is not worth visiting until they perhaps revamp it as it just looks like an insult to both Jewish people and visitors alike.
Written January 25, 2020
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Pioneer577172
41 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Jewish museum of Berlin is a waste of money bordering on an insult. The building itself is beautifully architected, but it sort of stops there. Vast building with empty corridors with names of cities on the wall. Meaningless. They charge 8 EU but the main exhibition is being refurbished - so really a cheek. The exhibitions that are there are quite insulting to the memory of the Jews of Berlin who perished. Of course there are a few shows of silver and gold that were left behind or confiscated (a bit stereotypical and insulting). Very little mention of the real catastrophe faced, but a sort of skewed perspective. There is also a cafe with an insulting (and incorrected) account of kosher food. THe restiuarant is not kosher and defies kosher laws with unkosher meat served together with milk. The least respect they could show would be to provide a kosher restuarant. An odd outdoor area with several long crooked concrete columns to show the travails of exile, but very little for the next generation to understand why the exile and how few. A chimney shaped room to remind you of the experience of the gas chambers perhaps. Too awful to go in really. So a very disappointing and somewhat insulting experience. Not worth bothering.
Written January 7, 2020
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Jo T
Sydney, Australia12 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
I booked online and upon my arrival, was welcomed to the museum by staff telling me that 80% of the museum was unavailable. On that basis, I elected to not enter the museum and asked for a refund - only to be told that online purchases were non refundable. Feeling that I should try to get something worthwhile from the visit, I entered and downloaded the audio guide. The Axes visit was good, audio worthwhile but there really was nothing else in the museum of substance to appreciate.
Written January 13, 2020
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oh_carolina_in wonderland
Frankfurt, Germany285 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
We expected to get more Information on Holocaust or Jewish tradition. Focus of the museum was more on architecture and art of Jewish people. Simply nothing we were that much interested in.

You have to leave backpacks and coats in a wardrobe (it is free).
Written February 11, 2020
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Robin K
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
This is the most frustrating and confusing museum I've visited in my life, not because of the content but the way it's displayed. The content is actually interesting and impressive, which makes the difficulty of seeing it all the more frustrating.

After security, there is only one sign that says general entry is free and audioguides and special exhibitions have a (low) cost. There's a desk but it seems more for information and the lady there ignores us so we walk on. Next hallway has no signs so we walk into the cafe and garden before finding the stairs to the exhibit, where a guy tells us we need to go back to the entrance for a (free) ticket. Fine, but should've told us earlier. The lady gives us free tickets, but we still can't go in because bags need to be dropped. Once that's done we can finally enter, hoping to follow the Highlights tour on the app (free audioguide). The app recommends streaming audio but it starts in an underground concrete bunker, so I have to leave and return to the entrance to try and find the WiFi. I find it (good connection) and we can finally begin. At this point we passed security roughly 30 min ago.

I won't take you through everything from here, but I'll tell you, things don't get better or clearer. The audioguide tells us the museum is deliberately designed without any right corners, and most hallways look similar, so it's like a maze with interesting displays in it, but it's designed to make the most interesting parts the hardest to find. The guide contains a couple of 'tours' but it's simply a series of explainers without any connection, nor any guidance of where to go. I didn't make it to the 3rd entry before being completely lost, so I stopped trying to follow the tour and just put it in'stroll mode', listening to separate segments whenever something seemed interesting. This was hard to judge, and the most interesting parts seemed to not have any signs or explanation. Those best bits were also hidden in nooks and crannies without any signs.

After a short hour of trying to find something that was explained well, I gave up and left to read in the garden while my partner made her way through.

TLDR: fairly interesting collection, displayed by people who actively want to discourage you from seeing it.
Written July 3, 2023
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Joanna C
London, UK86 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
My friend and I were looking very forward to visiting this museum as it was something we feel very passionate about.

However after going through security (there is a bag scanner) and presenting our tickets, we were stopped and asked to leave our bags and jackets in the cloakroom. I had a very small backpack and a leather jacket, my friend had a medium sized shopper bag and a casual thin jacket. We asked why we had to leave our items as we had already been through security and we had our passports/money on us, so weren't keen to leave these in the cloakroom, especially after seeing lots of people in front of us go through with similar jackets and if not bigger bags !

We explained we had valuables on us, and the man said we could hold them which again we didn't feel comfortable with. We even offered for them to look in our bags which we shouldn't have had to do, and they still told us to leave them behind. Eventually the man said I could put my backpack on my front and take it through with me, BUT my friend still had to leave her bag in the cloakroom. I'd like to add at this point that my bag was bigger than my friend's, and I am white, whilst my friend is brown skinned (Asian). Everyone who was permitted with a bag in front of us was also white so we have no option to think that the staff were being prejudiced based on the colour of my friend's skin.

We decided not to go through with the visit and even asked again why this was a policy to the man on the door, who was incredibly rude to us and basically told us to take our complaints indoors.

We won't be visiting and if I could give 0 stars I would, purely for the rudeness of the staff and the fact that they could not explain to us why they let some people in with bags and others not (I.e. us). We were polite the whole time and only questioned their policy and they couldn't give us a reason. A real shame as I'm sure this does not reflect the museum itself.
Written April 18, 2022
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Hillel G
9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
As someone who studied history, and specifically Jewish history, I was almost ashamed at the quality of this museum. This is a museum attempting to be a modern art museum and failing spectacularly. The Holocaust memorial has very little in it, and the design below is given a lot of attention when it was deeply unimpressive. I'm not entirely sure why the artist is given so much credence. In terms of the other exhibits, it is mostly a collection of photos from Israel that do not even focus on the Jewish experience and was of the quality comparable to if you would hand a kid a fancy camera and let them take pictures of different places in Israel. For a museum that calls itself "the Jewish Museum of Berlin," there was very little Jewish content, very little content about Jews in Berlin (a subject that should have endless material) and for such an enormous building, such a waste. Highly disappointing to the point that I had to restrain myself from asking to speak with the curator to give them a piece of my mind.
Written January 20, 2020
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Kmiotek C
Bridel, Luxembourg570 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Friends
Every few years I visit this place, not so much for the classic museum part but rather for the new addition by architect Liebeskind. This world renowned architect is every time able to impress and oppress me physically with his art of using concrete, iron, light, air and trees. From the voidness of the void of the holocaust to the garden of exile, uncertainty and hope. Worth the visit just for this basement.
Written September 12, 2021
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Claudio
Rome, Italy27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Good and informative museum, starts with the basics of Jewish history and religion (which religiously-educated Jews like myself will find very boring), then shows some more modern history of Jewish life in Germany and then the Holocaust.

The museum is interesting and well designed for all kinds of visitors.

It is very similar to the Holocaust museum in Washington DC.
Written September 28, 2020
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Poonam
London, UK117 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
The Jewish museum wasn't quite what I was expecting, but it was a good surprise in some ways. Firstly the architectural structure of the building was very interesting, modern and smart! And there were several elements which were very symbolic. However, one thing my husband and I didn't like is that everything is down to your own interpretation - I want to know why this was built that way, or what the symbolism is behind it, I don't really want to have to figure it out myself! There wasn't a lot of 'history' rather a lot of memories and stories, which were very touching. Not sure if it was worth it as a paid for exhibition, but the building itself was really cool.
Written March 26, 2020
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