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“Heaven for lovers of this seminal design movement.”

Bauhaus Archive / Museum of Design (Bauhaus Archiv Museum fur Gestaltung)
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$119.17*
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Berlin Pass Including Entry to More Than 50 Attractions
Ranked #122 of 841 things to do in Berlin
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Collection focusing on the Bauhaus, the famous school of architecture and design. The building which houses the collection was drafted by Walter Gropius, founder of the school.
Reviewed October 18, 2012

This is a small but concentrated distillation of Bauhaus items/models/studies and theoretical philosophy. For lovers of design where function defines form it's almost the Holy Grail. The physical exhibits - furniture, pottery, metalwork, etc. - are a delight. The philosophy behind them still informs design today; remarkable. Because the Bauhaus movement was so beset by personal and political difficulties, little in the way of production occurred, but there are drawings and artworks that amply illustrate the guiding philosophy. The architectural models, especially of the Barcelona Pavilion, are well presented and the free audio guide is very informative.
The building is a little tired (underfunded?), but the staff are enthusiastic and helpful. The shop has a good range of items from reasonable to expensive that would make a great gift for a Bauhaus lover.

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Reviewed October 9, 2012 via mobile

A real treat for anyone interested in design. Wish the exhibit was a bit bigger though. Also the gift shop had a disappointingly limited selection.

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Reviewed September 29, 2012

I really loved visiting the Bauhaus museum. I love the style, and so it was very interesting to see a lot of examples in one room together.
There were many 'studies' from pupils - such as colour studies, or mock ups. These told the story of the unique form of education that they received. As an educational scientist this was especially interesting for me, and the audio tour, as well as the exhibit plaques did a great job of explaining things.
There were also many paintings, design objects (teapots, chairs etc.)and architectural models. The museum shop was also very good. It's the kind in which you want to buy everything they've got, so bring some spare change ;-)

I recommend using the audio tour. And I heartily recommend you going here if you are in any way interested in art, education, architecture, typography or interior and product design.

Thank L0E
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Reviewed August 31, 2012

Bauhaus Museum covers the origins, founders, philosophy and designs of the Bauhaus movement. Works by Influential leaders of the movement including Marcel Breuer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius are on display. Audio Tour provides additional information to the exhibit.

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Reviewed August 29, 2012

Probably best combined with other nearby attractions (the Neue National Gallerie, etc.), than as an individual target destination for those without an existing knowledge of, or enthusiasm for, the subject. This is a concise and compact collection conveying the origins, philosophy and training of the Bauhaus movement and a few of its works; The Lamp, The Chair, the (largely unbuilt), Architectural Designs. If it sometimes seems a little dry, worthy and self-important then that's probably a wholly accurate refection of its subject, its originators and the sometimes challenging/irritating/unintentionally amusing effect of any dogma. That said, there was an excellent temporary exhibition in the "Female Bauhaus" series of exhibits, carpet and textile designs by Benita Koch-Otte which was truly surprising and a delight. It must be said that the labeling is (very helpfully), all in German and English. Having looked at the website I note that they change their temporary exhibits every twelve weeks or so which suggests a wealth of material limited by exhibition space but a healthy curatorial vigour. I suspect it's a museum which is probably best enjoyed by Berliners who are able to follow the changing programme of events and exhibitions. Free lockers are provided for bags and coats, even so it can still feel quite cramped, which may explain the active policing of visitors which can be somewhat startling in all Berlin Museums. It's a mixed-bag but I liked it.

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