Berlin is home to a huge variety of museums, dedicated to studying art, history and technology. For your enjoyment, here are some of the museums you should absolutely not miss.
Berlin Wall Memorial
The Memorial is focused on telling the story of what happened, as well as how and why – regarding the political climate surrounding the construction of the Berlin Wall.
You will see the view many were denied from a platform, and on the bottom, there will be pictures and plaques, projecting the scenes of the past. This is an episode of human history where families were divided physically, and a number of people died trying to emigrate from their hometown to their hometown. The Berlin Wall Memorial will help you experience and understand this time period.
The Berlin Wall Memorial extends along the original site for about a mile. You can find it at Bernauer Straße.
Natural History Museum
This is one of the three major museums in this area – the other two being Bonn’s Museum Koenig and Naturmuseum Senckenberg in Frankfurt. With more than 30 million specimens (paleontological, zoological and mineralogical), it possesses two world-renowned exhibits – a Giraffatitan skeleton, the largest mounted dinosaur skeleton in the world, and a specimen of Archaeopteryx, the earliest bird that we know of. These two exhibits are located in the Dinosaur Hall, and they share it with Tristan. Tristan who? Tristan Otto, who is among the best preserved T-Rex skeletons in the world.
The museum displays models in addition to animated reenactments, and is not limited to paleontology. You can also learn a great deal about minerals, astrophysics, evolution, various parasitic organisms and many other exhibits and events.
Old National Gallery
For only 10 euros, you can take a walk along the halls of the Old National Gallery. Friedrich Wilhelm IV could be called the building’s architect, as it was him that came up with the original concept. He wanted a place that was a sanctuary for art and science.
The gallery protects and displays the works of Monet, Renoir, and Caspar David Friedrich among others. There is a curiosity regarding the museum. Joachim Heinrich William Wagener, a banker, left his art collection to the museum in 1861, and is responsible for a significant part of its display.
Film aficionados know the contribution Berlin has made to the history of the cinema. Opened in the sixties, this museum dedicated to The Seventh Art boasts over 26 000 silent and sound films, and not just the German ones.
It is also the home of the Permanent Exhibition Television, opened in 2006. The exhibition gives us some insight into the television of the last few decades, especially in East Germany and West Germany.
These are but a few of the multitude of galleries and museums that can be found and should be visited in Berlin. Whether it is history, natural history, or art, it would take a lifetime to learn everything Berlin offers to teach us.