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German Historical Museum

Unter den Linden 2, 10117 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 203040
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The German Historical Museum presents itself in two buildings: In the unique Baroque Zeughaus and the neighbouring modern exhibition hall designed by the Chinese-American architect Ioeh Minh Pei. The 300-year old Zeughaus is one of the most important buildings of the Baroque period in Berlin and the oldest buildings at the boulevard Unter den Linden. In 2006 the Permanent Exhibition “German History in Images and Artefacts” was inaugurated here; it showcases 2000 years of eventful and enthralling German history as seen within its European context. 8000 selected objects from the extensive collections of the German Historical Museum furnish valuable evidence of history and reveal, on a surface area of 8000 square meters, a fascinating and vivid picture of the past. Supplementing the Permanent Exhibition are specialized temporary exhibitions displayed in the fascinating exhibition building designed by I.M. Pei. The spacious new structure with its glass and steel entrance lobby and distinctive winding staircase was opened in 2003. Definitive events and facets of German history are presented in a variety of special exhibitions on the four floors of the new building.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Unter den Linden 2, 10117 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 203040
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Reviewed yesterday

If you only have time to visit one museum in Berlin, this one should be at the top of your list. It traces German history from ancient times to the present. It features the best display from Nazi era Germany I've ever seen. Most explanations...More

Thank Jerry H
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is the type of museum that you want to leave plenty of time for, especially if you like various periods of history. I especially enjoyed the 18th century exhibits and he exhibits from the early 20th century. The museum covers the interwar period (1919-1932)...More

Thank Larry D
Reviewed 6 days ago

I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this museum. It was fascinating! The displays are informative and interesting. Don't miss this museum! It was one of the best museums we visited in Berlin!

Thank Luvtotravel1778
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum covers the entire history of Germany -- rather like the Smithsonian Museum of American History. Whether you're interested in prehistoric finds, medieval armor, or Napoleon's hat (a definite highlight) -- you will be fascinated. This is worth a whole day in itself.

Thank Valerie S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent four hours at the historical museum on a sunny Saturday late morning/early afternoon. At Rick Steve's suggestion I paid the 3 euro for their audio device in English, definitely worth the money. The museum is well the time, great detailed displays and the audio...More

Thank G B B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a good 3 hours here and I am sure that we still missed parts of it. No large bags allowed so be prepared to put your bags in lockers. If you follow the arrows along the floor, you will be taken through the...More

Thank SnadraMae
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you want to understand the German spirit, in only few hours you may do it here. The museum is very well organized around main historical periods. A lot of maps, surrounded by many artifacts, paint, costumes or pictures, conduct you through a living movie...More

Thank Dan C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum shows the complete history of Germany, before the Medieval times and until the Berlin Wall fall. It is very well documentated and you learn about Germany and its history, social changes, populatin, the wars, etc. in a very interesting way. I strong recommend...More

Thank rociocalderon22
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had previously visited Museum Island, but many other cities have museums of world culture - this is unique to Germany, and far more interesting because of it!

Thank thetwomuskateers
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am a big fan of the temporary exhibitions and always try and see the new ones. I you´re planning to see all of it, make sure you have a few hours.

Thank Franziska S
The center of Berlin, Mitte is most famous for sights
like the Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz, and Museum
Island. The central location makes this one of the
city's most expensive places to live. It is here the
oldest traces of the city can be found, and evidence
of some significant transformations, as well. The
gangsters that once ruled the impoverished streets
between Alexanderplatz and Hackescher Markt have given
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February 13, 2016|
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Response from MiteMsispe | Reviewed this property |
At least an hour up to four hours. It is a large museum with many exhibits.
April 24, 2015|
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Response from Russell H | Reviewed this property |
Free for under 18's otherwise 8 Euro's for those over. You can also buy a Berlin Pass from Tourist Information shops (Theres one by the Brandenburg Gate) This pass gives each holder (Two people would need to buy two passes... More