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The Story of Berlin
Ranked #68 of 841 things to do in Berlin
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: THE STORY OF BERLIN is the interactive museum of the capital. Spread over 6.000 square meters visitors can explore 800 years of Berlin history. In 23 theme rooms – each of them designed individually and equipped with modern multimedia technology – everyone can experience everyday life of the people of Berlin during different eras. One highlight of the exhibition is a guided tour through an original nuclear bomb shelter from the Cold War below the Kurfurstendamm which still can be used by 3.592 persons in case of an emergency. We offer a special search game called "Pinky & Fox". Carrying a pencil and the treasure map, kids go on a discovery tour through the museum. On request older children get our STORY-Quiz leaflet with some puzzle games and thrilling details about the Berlin history.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access
Reviewed April 23, 2013

We found the Story of Berlin museum purely by chance on our last evening in Berlin. And what a find; it turned out to the most interesting part of our break.

We found its location a bit surprising; a rundown shopping centre. Directions are by way of printed footsteps on the ground.

Arriving just before 6pm, we waited for 5 minutes before the 10 euro tour started. 6pm is the last admission and didn’t appear to be as busy as it could be.

The tour of the nuclear bunker was pretty scary and thought provoking. You get a real eerie feeling being down there with row after row of hammock type beds, dimly lit and that musky smell hovering.

This museum itself has a lot of information explaining the 800 years of Berlin's history.

The exhibits guided you through the rooms (and there are many rooms) and some were interactive. There is so much to read, but it all seemed so interesting. The information is in English as well as other languages.

We spent around 3 hours in the museum and came out feeling it was well worth the money. Not once during that time had we been bored.

The staff and guide were all pleasant, knowledgeable and friendly.

We would highly recommend this museum to anyone visiting Berlin.

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Reviewed April 21, 2013

This multimedia museum tells you about the development of Berlin from the Middle Ages through to when the Wall came down. There are 20 or so rooms, each with there own theme and all of them most interesting. As part of your visit you are also taken on a guided tour of an underground nuclear bomb shelter that was built during the Cold War, but never used. It was designed to hold up to 3,600 people. Add this museum to your Berlin itinerary.

Thank Trevor93
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

This is my new 'favourite' museum in Berlin. It does what the name suggests - it gives an excellent and engaging overview of Berlin from the 13th century through to reunification and beyond.

The bunker visit is *essential*. We came with a school group (13 years old) and my students were fascinated that they bother to build a bunker under an unassuming car park off Berlin's most popular street. It lead to some good Cold War discussions, and what it must have been like living in the tug-of-war that West Berlin must have been.

The cinema is great fun (especially if you know a little bit about German cinema, but even if you don't...), the industrial revolution history is great, and the descent into the basement in order to learn about the Nazis in Berlin is very well curated and thought through.

Highly recommended for all ages. The staff are friendly, and it's good value for money. I'd especially put this forward as the 'first stop' for anyone wanting to get a broad overview of the city before delving into other museums.

1  Thank roverlei
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Reviewed April 15, 2013 via mobile

Learned a lot from this museum. There are lots of photos and written info to go with the displays. It was very educational. But the most amazing part was the nuclear shelter built at the base of the carpark in 1970 or thereabouts. Absolutely fascinating and scary stuff. The tour there was in English but you must check as it only is conducted at certain times. It is not possible to go there alone. You must join a tour and many are in the German language so do your homework first. It was very unusual but very interesting and proof that it would be best to avoid nuclear or radioactive catastrophes.

Thank globaltourist064
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Reviewed March 17, 2013 via mobile

I was the last febreary and i have said that like historicher is quite interesting and well organize..i enjoy the visit and learn a lots thing about the story of berlin
the staff is helpfull and nice!
The atmosphere of the bunker is the best!
Strongly recommended!!

Thank Odysseus31
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