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“Comprehensive history of the German people”

German Historical Museum
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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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“Comprehensive history of the German people”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

Very interesting and detailed look at the history of the German people dating back to 100 AD. You could spend all day there. Many exhibits are intereactive and most are well-labelled with German and English. I found the pre-17th century exhibits on the 2nd floor most interesting. The 20th century stuff on the main floor you can see better in many of the other museums around town. Highlights: the movement of various tribes of people across current Germany, the Roman milestone, the Martin Luther King exhibit and the great explanation of his thoughts and his influence on German culture (perhaps could be a bit more on his excommunication and labelling as a heretic by the rest of the Christian culture and the influence that had on Germany at the time), and the rise of Prussia and the different perspectives on German culture by that country`s kings. Perhaps could use a bit more on the influence of all the German princesses on other country`s cultures (Russia, England), but, I confess, that I skimmed over many of the exhibits after the 17th century due to lack of time, and missed that.
Very reasonable admission price. Helpful staff for providing private place to feed and change a baby and take the lift.
Negatives: cafe was closed. Nowhere to get a drink or something to eat. Around 5 pm, staff hovered and were eager for you to leave (rather unpleasant) even though museum closed at 6 pm. One lady was within 10 feet of me almost continuously after 5 pm - felt like I was being spied on by the old Eastern block mentality of `watch those tourists`. Distinctly uncomfortable.

Visited March 2013
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“Nice Surprise!”
Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

Ended up here by accident trying to find the historical Berlin museum. As it turns out they were having a special exhibit on Berlin 1933 - 1938 so I opted for that. Price reasonable at 8 euros for the regular museum and all exhibitions. The Berlin exhibition while small in floor space was large in information. A little confusing in the layout ---- trying to find the next number to follow with the audio was not always intuitive but I managed ok. From the exhibition, I went into the regular museum where it is well sorted by years and era. I focused on the area post WWII to current and again learned a lot that you don't get from textbooks and history classes. I like the way the museum is set up by period of history. Staff English is not the best but hey this is Germany! Will return to learn about another era in history.

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“If only I had more time!”
Reviewed March 27, 2013

You will learn a lot about Berlin and Germany in the 20th century just going around other museums in Berlin. Naturally, there is great stuff at this museum as well on that material. However, what distinguished this for me was history of Germany from prehistoric times through the 15th, 16th, 17, 18th, and 19th centuries. It was a great history lesson and I only wish I had more time.

Visited April 2012
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“Needed more time, excellent lesson in European history”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

We only had just over an hour but were very impressed with the layout and organisation. The exhibits told a chronological story of the Germanic peoples history and I even learned a thing or two about UK history. The exhibits are clearly laid out, explanations in both English and German in ther main, well worth a visit, even for those not inclined to museums

Visited March 2013
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“A solid collection of great artifacts.”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

Spent most of my time in the 1920s through the fall of the wall wing. A wide variety of Nazi propaganda posters and things (medals, photos, knives, documents) as well as Hitlers Desk and Globe. Funny thing about the globe is that it has a bullet hole right in norther Europe, presumably by the Russian army who overtook Berlin in 1945.

It features some great audio/video clips as well as sections of the Berlin wall, a vintage VW Beatle, Anti-aircraft cannon, and some great 50s, 60s and 70s items (tvs, dishwashers, radios, food processors, etc....).

The cost is 8 Euro for entrance....and coat check is free. Nice Cafe too (but they only take cash).

Visited March 2013
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