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Museum of Ethnology (Ethnologisches Museum)

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Neighbourhood: Zehlendorf
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Address: Lansstr. 8 | Dahlem, 14195 Berlin, Germany
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+49 4930 8301438
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Well worth the trip to Dahlem Dorf on the U-Bahn. This is one of the finest ethnological collections in Europe. Not as flash as Quai Branly in Paris (although some might consider... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 June 2013
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Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2013

I found a mix of different things from around the globe ..back in history and also some new things ..2001 ..the area around is nice and easy to reach by u-bahn 3 from Nollendorf station .. From Indonesia I saw only a budha head from the Borobudur temple next to some other budha heads from Thailand etc.. From thailand was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2013

Well worth the trip to Dahlem Dorf on the U-Bahn. This is one of the finest ethnological collections in Europe. Not as flash as Quai Branly in Paris (although some might consider that a plus), but still a knockout if you love tribal art and ethnography / anthroplogy. The collections are laid out geographiocally with a fine Pre-Columbian section, a... More 

2 Thank DalstonBill
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2013

This was one of the best museums I visited when in Berlin, and that's certainly an achievement given the high calibre of their galleries and museums. The collection is breathtaking and the thought that has clearly gone into the presentation of the artworks is superb. Its location is not central, but do not be deterred. Although everything about the museum... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2013 via mobile

Nice building, but to expensive for the exibition. Is intresting to see but no really good explication and absolutly not interactive.

1 Thank CMA0217
Mainz, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2012

I agree with earlier reviews that this museum's collection must be one of the best. I wouldn't want to miss the South Pacific exhibition with its unique traditional sailing boats and musical instruments. I also found the African and native American collections very interesting. The museum doesn't just exhibit artifacts, it often also provides background information and context, videos, or... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2012

Do not miss this museum if you have any interest in world cultures, it deserves infinitely greater fame. Located a little out of the centre of Berlin (and easily combined as a day-trip with the nearby Botanical Gardens), in Dahlem, this outstanding museum, displaying the art and artefacts of cultures from every continent, is well organised, beautifully displayed, never crowded,... More 

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2011

The Dahlem Museum in Berlin contains some of the greatest collections of American Indian, Oceanic, African, Southeast Asian art in the world. It is a treasure trove of outstanding exhibits. It is not in the center of Berlin and sometimes gets overlooked, which is unfortunate, because it is one of the World's great ethnological museums that boosts outstanding exhibtions, displays,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2010

You can barely take in all of the collections in one trip - lots of Pre-colombian and beside that native north american. African, predictably strong on ex-German colonies like Cameroon, and also projecting great old film footage of native rituals. The Oceanic is perhaps the strongest part of the collection with great New Ireland ancestor figures, Papua, Maori, Vanuatu and... More 

1 Thank DalstonBill
Versailles, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2010

Located in Dahlem away from the busy city centre yet readily accessible via public transport, this museum is a gem that should be visited more than once to take in all the superb exhibits, especially Native American. One could argue that these exhibits should not be kept in Europe, yet I am glad they are because of their sheer beauty.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2006

The ethnology museum in Berlin has a lot of history behind hit. It was opened during the late 19th century in building that was partially destroyed by the second world war. Many of the treasures housed there before the war which had been collected by famous archaeologists, anthropologists, collectors etc were safeguarded during the war in makeshift bunkers in Berlin... More 

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