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“Architectural masterpiece which gives an amazing account of all things Jewish”

Jewish Museum Berlin
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Ranked #82 of 939 things to do in Berlin
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Since opening its doors in 2001, the Jewish Museums Berlin has joined the ranks of Europe’s leading museums. Its exhibitions and permanent collection, 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.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access
Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

A fantastic experience, in a quite spectacular setting. Allow at least half a day to soak up the richness which this place has to offer. To start, you are confronted by the three Axes, which remember the holocaust in a quite striking way. The atmosphere is incredible - peaceful, poignant, appropriate - it's hard to do justice in words to the spaces created by master architect Libeskind.

Then climb upstairs out of the darkness and experience a massive range of exhibits covering all sorts including stories of the origins of Judaism, history of the Jewish people's movements over the centuries, their food, customs etc and then a more detailed expo of the events of the early 1900s leading to the atrocities of WWII.

We didn't take a guide nor an audio tour - it was fine without them but we certainly would consider going back and doing these another time - there's so much to see we would definitely get even more out of a repeat visit.

Definitely one of two 'must dos' on any trip, no matter how long to Berlin (climbing the Reichstag dome is the other!)

Thank Cmw39
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Reviewed January 22, 2013 via mobile

Having just spent 3 weeks studying at Yad Vashem (the holocaust museum in Jerusalem) I feel I am qualified to make the following statement.

The Berlin Jewish Museum is without a doubt the museum that utilizes architecture the best. Daniel Libeskind's design is thought provoking, profound and touches your soul. The use of space, light and silence in the Holocaust section is amazing.

The non-Holocaust section of the museum deals with the history of Jewish life, particularly focusing on Berlin, up until the present day. There is a wealth of hands-on activities aimed at young visitors, but they are engaging for adults as well. One of the highlights is the audio-visual room full of computers with an interactive discovery into what Judaism is and what it means to be Jewish.

If you are in Berlin and you don't go to this museum then you are doing yourself a disservice. I guarantee that you will be impressed.

Thank Duane G
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

Very interesting architecture that leads you around this zig zag shaped building and then takes you from the bottom to the top. I liked the architecture but felt that it was all about the atmosphere and experience of the Holocaust and so had far less information and exhibits that I would have expected or indeed seen at other Jewish museums. But a must see on a Berlin tour.

Thank Bikerian60
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

Not expensive even with the commentary ipods. I hadn't researched this museum first so was unsure what to expect. The building itself was interesting on the inside with long corridors with level ceilings but floors that sloped thereby narrowing the head height. Weird. It had these spaces called voids - I barely understood any of it or what the designer was trying to convey. The commentary contained a lot of explanation on what the designer was trying to achieve and the meaning of things. Too much for my liking. I went to visit a museum not a building.There is a lot to look at but when we left I felt something very important in the jewish history was missing and barely mentioned. Unless of course it was lost in one of the voids

Thank bomber127
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

The first part of the museum is the set of three axes

axis of the holocaust - leading to a large, empty, but very scary room
axis of exile - leading to a garden with disorienting layout
axis of continuity - leading to an immense flight of stairs.

That sets the mood. Then, off the axis of continuity is the museum proper, which has a lot of well considered exhibits.

Finally, there is an excellent cafe/restaurant.

It is definitely not the sort of building to visit if you have mobility problems. There are lifts but you really miss the point of the building design if you have to use them.

It is true that they are tough on security with airport style check in. I see some reviewers took against that but I think it a regrettable necessity. I do recommend that you find a quiet time to visit if possible. I think the museum would lose a lot of its atmosphere if it were very busy.

Thank stabreim
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