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Address: Unter den Linden 2, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Phone Number: +49 30 203040
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The German Historical Museum presents itself in two buildings: In the...

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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Very well presented museum with information about German history from 500 to date with special exhibitions on top. We spent over two hours and were saturated around the Bismarck... read more

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Chester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Maybe I just shouldn't visit museums but some are much more appealing than others. This one is a silent tomb of a place, with vast empty spaces, exhibits in huge glass cases, and staff that have a tendency to glare disapprovingly at visitors who are clearly not engaging with the displays. That said, after quickly shuffling round the first floor,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very well presented museum with information about German history from 500 to date with special exhibitions on top. We spent over two hours and were saturated around the Bismarck era, but there was more to come. The weakest bit is the East German history, but then there is a dedicated museum just around the corner. And you certainly get a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I focused on the 20th century due to time constraints. I got an audio guide but it did not help all that much. Most of the displays were in German only, which did not help me since I only speak English. There were lots of great photographs and propaganda posters on display. I just wish there was greater use of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I thought I was only going to be here for an hour, but I think I spent well over 3, although I'm sure you could do it in less time. The museum is a great historical walkthrough of German history with some incredible pieces.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a wonderful museum with great exhibits. Explanations are in German and English. There is so much information presented that it's easy to stay too long in one area. I made the mistake of reading each and every sign which made the visit extremely long. Pace yourself so you don't get too tired.

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Ledbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Take a day to look around and even then you'll probably get saturated with German history. From the earliest days through Martin Luther to Bismarck and then into the 20th century, this place is chock full of interesting facts, exhibits and learning. The first floor takes you from the earliest days to the beginning of the 20th century whilst the... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

had a quick visit day after the conference. great place to learn something about germany and its story of the past. english descriptions on the artifacts was of great help. a must visit place in berlin.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a remarkable two floors of German history, full of images and artifacts from the Middle Ages up to the 1994 German unification. They are all described in both German and English. Give yourself at least half a day, as the English tour given each Saturday takes an hour. The electronic display of the changes in European boundaries, alone,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is large, well organized, and well presented. To do it justice you need to have time and energy. But at 8 euros per adult, it is a BARGAIN so you might do it in more than one visit. The ticket people were helpful and friendly. I could keep my small knapsack purse but needed to carry it in front.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great sunday afternoon "walking through time" in The German Historical Museum. very informative and easy to see and enjoy and we did learn something about German history in generel.. and not only second world war. Where the museum > Topography of Terror is much better if you wanna learn about the second world war. There is two... More 

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