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The Art Trail: Berlin

Berlin Art Guide Altes Museum, Berlin

The face of Berlin may have changed drastically over the last century, but its extensive collection of museums has remained among the world’s best. Today, the city has over 100 museums and galleries, plus a vibrant art gallery scene that cropped up post-unification in East Berlin (aka Mitte).

Berlin is home to many important collections of Ancient Art, Classical Painting and Modern Art.The extensive National Gallery system includes the museums on the famous Museum Island in East Berlin and several museums and galleries in such diverse neighborhoods as Tiergarten, Charlottenburg,and Prenzlauerberg.

The crown jewel remains Museum Island (Museumsinsel), which for years was inaccessible behind the iron curtain. Over the past two decades, all the major museums in East Berlin have been renovated while the areas around them have sprouted new buildings full of cafes, restaurants and bars.

The Mitte gallery scene exploded during reunification with cutting-edge galleries and a famous artistic squat (Augustraße 10) but the buzz has dissipated somewhat as the area has been re-developed. Galleries can still be found in the area around Auguststraße and Linienstraße (east of Friedrichstraße), as well as further south on Lindenstraße.

Berlin Art Guide Pergamon Museum

Museum Island

Pergamon Museum
This large museum houses three separate museums within it: the Antikensammlung (Collection of Classical Antiquities), the Vorderasiatisches Museum (Museum of the Ancient Near East) and the Museum für Islamische Kunst (Museum of Islamic Art). Its cavernous spaces showcase the splendor of the huge Ancient World artifacts that have made the Pergamon famous.

Bodestraße 1-3
(49) 030 – 2090 – 5577
Metro: Friedrichstraße
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Hours: 10am-6pm Monday – Wednesday, Friday – Sunday
10am-10pm Thursdays
Tickets: €8
(adults), €4 (students, handicapped)
Free every Thursday 6pm-10pm

Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery)
Heavily damaged during World War II, this three story museum has been extensively renovated and reopened in 2001. The grand staircases lead visitors into exhibits of paintings and sculptures from the 19th century and paintings from the German Romantic period. Artists on display here include the painters Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, Auguste Renoir and Edgar Degas, and the sculptor Auguste Rodin.

Bodestraße 1-3
(49) 030 – 2090 – 5577
Metro: Friedrichstraße
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Hours: 10am-6pm Monday – Wednesday, Friday – Sunday
10am-10pm Thursday
Tickets: €8 (adults), €4 (students, handicapped)
Free every Thursday 6pm-10pm

Altes Museum (Old Museum)
This two story museum with its eighteen fluted ionic columns is intentionally modeled to allude tothe Roman Pantheon. The spacious, orderly façade showcases Greek, Roman and Egyptian art and sculptures inside. The ground floor is dedicated to the Greek and Roman art while the upper floor houses the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection.

Am Lustgarten
(49) 030 – 2090 – 5577
Metro: Friedrichstraße or Alexander Platz

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Hours: 10am-6pm Monday – Wednesday, Friday – Sunday
10am-10pm Thursday
Tickets: €8
(adults), €4 (students and handicapped)
Free every Thursday 6pm-10pm

Bode-Museum
The Bode-Museum, newly reopened in 2006, is a striking sight as it seems to emerge from the river Spree. This domed beauty displays a collection of sculptures as well as the Numismatic Collection of coins and works from the Gemäldegalerie Collection.The Museum of Byzantine Art also housed in the Bode Museum has an extensive collection of Early Christian iconography, sculpture and ivory carvings – all found in the ancient Mediterranean region.

Monbijoubrücke
(49) 030-2090-5577
Metro: Friedrichstraße or Hackescher Markt
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Hours: 10am-6pm Monday – Wednesday, Friday – Sunday
10am-10pm Thursday
Tickets: €8
(adults), €4 (students and handicapped)
Free every Thursday 6pm-10pm

Berlin Art Guide Charlottenburg, Berlin

Charlottenburg

Berggruen Collection
This world class collection includes an extensive collection of Picasso’s works. The gallery is composed of works from the classical modernist period. Other artists whose artwork are exhibited here are Mattisse, Van Gogh and Klee .

Schloßstraße 1
(
49) 030-3269-5815
Metro: Sophie-Charlotte-Platz, Westend, Richard-Wagner-Platz
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Hours: 10am – 6pm, Tuesday – Sunday
closed Monday
Tickets: Tickets for the museums in the area of Charlottenburg cost €8 (adults) and €4(students, handicapped). The ticket includes admission to the Museum for Prehistory and Early History, Berggruen Collection, Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection and the Museum of Photography / Helmut Newton Foundation.

“Surreal Worlds” – the Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection
A massive collection of surrealist works featuring all the big names – Ernst, Klee, Magritte, Dubuffet and Dali – housed in a former Egyptian museum across from Charlottenburg Palace.

Schloßstraße70
(49) 030-3435-7315
Metro: Sophie-Charlotte-Platz, Westend, Richard-Wagner-Platz
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Hours:  10am – 6pm, Tuesday – Sunday
closed Monday
Tickets: Included in price listed above for Berggruen Collection

Tiergarten

Neue Nationalgalerie (The New National Gallery)
Opened in 1968, the New National Gallery invites inspection with its glass paneled ground level. Instead of rising into the sky, the museum expands into underground levels. Visitors descend stairs to view the gallery’s collection of Expressionist, Bauhaus and New Objectivity works, as well as art from the post-war period. The permanent exhibit includes works by Kirchner, Schmidt-Rottluff, Dix, Grosz, Klee, Ernst, Beckmann, Group Zero, Picasso and the CoBrA group.

Potsdamer Straße 50
(
49)030-266-2951
Metro: Potsdamer Platz
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Hours: 10am-6pm Monday – Wednesday, Friday – Sunday
10am-10pm Thursday
Tickets: €8
(adults), €4 (students and handicapped)
Free every Thursday 6pm-10pm

Gemäldegalerie
The Gemäldegalerie is renowned for its collections of Old Master paintings and works. The gallery holds one of the world’s most important collections of European paintings from the 13th through the 18th centuries. The collection has 2,700 paintings and includes Italian, Dutch and German works. Admire the masterpieces of Bruegel, Durer, Raffael, Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Rubens.
Matthäikirchplatz 4-6
(49) 030-266-2951
Metro: Potsdamer Platz
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Hours: 10am-6pm Monday – Wednesday, Friday – Sunday
10am-10pm Thursday
Tickets: €8
(adults), €4 (students and handicapped)
Free every Thursdays 6pm-10pm

Museum of Natural History
The Museum of Natural History in Berlin has the largest exhibited skeleton of a dinosaur in the world. In addition to enjoying the massive proportions of the Brachiosaurus, you can also view the well-preserved fossil of the earliest known bird. These and the other collections of paleontology and zoology in the museum make Berlin’s Museum of Natural History world renown.

Address: Invalidenstrasse 43
Information: (49) 030-2093-8591
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Hours: 9:30am-5pm, Tuesday to Friday
10am-16pm, Saturday, Sunday, Public Holidays.
Closed Monday
Tickets: €6 (adults), €3.50 (students, handicapped)

Berlin Art Guide Mitte, Berlin
Mitte Galleries

The Mitte scene is holding on against the ever-encroaching development of East Berlin. These galleries showcase contemporary art and are all within a very small area. Take the S-Bahn to Oranienburger Straße or the U-Bahn to Oranienburger Tor.

Eigen + Art

Auguststraße 26
(49) 030-280-6605
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Galerie Gerken

Auguststraße 49
(49) 030-978-940-66
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DNA

Auguststraße 20
(49) 030-285-996-52
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Deschler

Augustraße 61
(49) 030-283-32-88
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Kunsthalle
A two-year, temporary project, the Kunsthalle (Schlossplatz, Mitte, website) opened on October 29, 2008. This cube has been constructed along a riverbank near the Palace of the Republic.

The cloud-like exterior was designed by Gerwald Rockenschaub while photographer and video artist Candice Breitz will be the subject of the first exhibit.

Hours: Daily 11am – 6pm (Saturdays until 9pm)

Admission: Exhibition free; Public tour 2, €1.50 (reduced admissions)

Berlin Art Guide Ampelmann Gallery, Berlin

Visiting Tips

Information for all major Berlin museums can be found on one website.

The three day ticket grants admission to the permanent exhibitions in almost all the museums in Berlin. It costs €19 at regular price and €9.50 at the discounted price. Purchase online.

Most museums offer free admission to children under 16 and discounts for students and the handicapped. Make sure you bring ID to verify your eligibility.

Gallery Berlin is a three-night event that takes place in more than 30 galleries throughout the city each year in early May. For more info visit here. Art Forum Berlin takes place at the end of October, bringing together works from over 120 galleries around the world. 

For information on visiting Berlin, visit the Berlin Tourist Information. Photo credits VisitBerlin.de

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