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German Historical Museum
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Ranked #15 of 808 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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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013

This is an example for an excellent museum, good balance between exponed pieces and explaining tables in German and English.

Visited July 2013
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“History teacher's dream”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

Museum follows a chronological layout, with relics from each period of Germany's history, including absolutism, Weimar, WWII and aftermath, and post-war DDR and GDR, and after the war. I wish there was a museum that so creatively and effectively displayed US history in NYC.

Visited July 2013
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Bourne, Lincolnshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“A nation's story”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

A couple of floors of intersecting galleries telling the story, or at least a story, of Germany's past. The mid 20th century features heavily for obvious reasons, and was handled with detachment.

But don't overlook the building. The building is a former palace of some sort, and the covered courtyard in the middle is an amazing space that they really ought to make far more use of.

Visited August 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“museum visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

Only did the 1918 to present. Am very interested in WWII, but had too much to read by the end. Would recommend picking up the headset. A bit confusing at times which order to view the displays.

Visited July 2013
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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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“Allow more than half a day!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

Very good and sad I did not manage the 2 exhibitions. Well worth your time.Had to rush the most recent history as it was closing so pace yourself.

Visited July 2013
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