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.
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