Jewish Museum Berlin
Jewish Museum Berlin
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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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)
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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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Tom
Sheffield, UK3 contributions
Solo
This museum was a spectacular must see attraction for Berlin visitors

Upon entering the grand entrance, I was greeted by a member of staff who was very friendly and multilingual. I went inside and queued to pay with staff at the till and guided through to metal detectors. If you have bags and these bags which can not be carried with two straps on your front, you may be expected to leave them in the safety of the museum's cloak room.

There are staff throughout to help and guide you in the directions of the hallway.

The design of the building was to assist giving the feeling the Jewish community felt during their struggles and prejudice brought against them. It is really art meets a woeful history. There are outside pieces and areas to explore as well as indoor. I found the voided void is particularly haunting.
The museum does have cafe facilities for dining in with a seating area but I did not eat here.
I recommend this museum wholeheartedly, if you love history, world war II history, art. It is a gem.
Written May 9, 2022
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Kristoffer Svendsen
Hamar, Norway7 contributions
Couples
I spent hours walking through the massive exibition of the various aspects of jewish culture. It is a big museum with many rooms, over four stories. The holocaust, or «shoah», has its sesignated areas of the museum, and it is a horrible, but important reminder of the evils of national socialism. An important exibition!
Written July 14, 2022
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ktbeenthere2015
New York City, NY169 contributions
Solo
This museum scores high for amount of information. With several unique forms of exhibition, you’ll come away with some additional understanding of Judaism and historical events. The parts showing the relationship to other religions was particularly absorbing. Lots of reading but worth taking the time. Perhaps pick a period that is of most interest to cover, then cover subsequent eras in another visit.

The cleverness of the design by the architect went over my head. It seemed the museum then took up the mantle to provide meaning in every twist and turn and void. Should other museum architects follow suit, my days of visiting museums is numbered.

A word of advice: Ask the museum staff the best way to tour the museum. No one advised me so - following those who purchased tickets before me - I started in the lower level which was confusing (or perhaps for those who appreciate the architectural design “thought challenging”). Tour groups abounded in front of exhibits dominating the space where their guides held lengthy discourses imparting their impressions to their groups with no concern for single tourists attempting to view the same. Thankfully, one of the museum’s personnel noticed my circling and set me on a better track by starting on the top level.
Written July 17, 2022
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Joanna C
London, UK89 contributions
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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Moko988
Cork, Ireland31 contributions
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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Kmiotek C
Bridel, Luxembourg357 contributions
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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Daria B
Berlin, Germany5 contributions
Its very interesting place, widely covers the history and gives a complete picture of what happened especially in the pre-war years. unusual expositions, many preserved monuments and a wonderful guide. I advise everyone!
Written April 15, 2022
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armstrongfamily233
Boston, MA75 contributions
Very powerful memorial museum with the full detailed history of what happened to the Jewish people in Germany and beyond. I spent 2 and 1/2 hours at the museum and could have spent more time. The museum really did an amazing job showing what happened to the Jewish people, depressing.
Written September 26, 2022
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Pioneer577172
40 contributions
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
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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