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“Good for history buffs”

German Historical Museum
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Ranked #15 of 826 things to do in Berlin
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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Paris, France
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9 reviews
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“Good for history buffs”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

Loved this museum. A great way to see a timeline of Berlin in history...some really cool artifacts in the museum, definitely one to check out

Visited March 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 459 helpful votes
“This was my favorite museum in Berlin!”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

I have a German Heritage, and this museum really provided me with a great understanding of German history. The tour starts on the top floor, working through Roman times, the effects of religion on the German reign, and several wars. Great displays and a good of audio using the audio tour (3 euro). The top floor ended with WWI. Downstairs began with the poverty and inflation following WWI, and the growing unrest of German residents. It paints a good picture of how Hitler could gain control. Exhibits described the terror of Hitler, the persecution of citizens, and the results of WWII. Post WWII exhibits focus on the DDR and the eventual fall of the Berlin Wall. It was a great museum that answered many questions I had about the why in history giving me a better understanding of my family.

Visited March 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Must visit museum”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

It was a well deserved day at the Historisches Museum. Visited it with parents and everyone had a insightful time. They showcase a broad time period and honestly one day is not enough. Though I find it hard to spend more than 3 hours at a museum. A place to come back to definitely. Economial entry too.

Visited February 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Deutsch history”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

Very interesting, you can easily spend a day inside the museum and yet not not cover everything. The cafe is also very nice but the door was a bit tricky (we thought it was closed at first).

Visited March 2013
Thank Sophie M
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Immingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great museum”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

Very friendly staff and a good price for such an interesting museum. This is a must for anyone interested in German history.

Visited March 2013
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