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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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The entire German history enclosed in this museum. An overview of the history of the German nation. Highly immersive exhibits the visitor, provokes awe. Do not miss!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The entire German history enclosed in this museum. An overview of the history of the German nation. Highly immersive exhibits the visitor, provokes awe. Do not miss!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I've been to this museum twice and loved it each time. Its massive, and if you truly want to go through the while museum I would block off almost an entire day for it. The collection is truly wonderful with some especially rare and amazing artifacts. I would make good use of the map before starting off. As the museum... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a big museum! We went to the regular exhibition which tells you all about how germany was unified in the middle Ages and then again after the Wall came down. And everything in between. Ofcourse it tells a lot about WW2. Really made a deel impression. If you have more time in Berlin take a multiday ticket and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum has got some wonderful exhibitions. The seasonal ones are just as nice as the special exhibitions - but they are not too interactive. So this is nothing one could enjoy with children.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For 8 euros it was well worth the visit. We spend 6 hours at the museum and it was great. I wouldn't recommend bringing children. If you are into history this is a must. There is a nice cafe which does decent coffee and delicious cakes!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

great range of exhibitions, however had to queue for an hour to leave coats and bags in a cloakroom in the cellar which put a bit of a downer on the trip. also be advised only the temporary exhibits have english alternative signs.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fairly extensive. Great for a cold rainy day and ended up spending most of the day here. Food options were limited to the cafe and a small snack shop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You could spend a day here easily, we stayed for around 3 hours. They have a comprehensive collection of German history, we preferred the more recent stuff but they had many collections going back to 1600's. they have a cloakroom to store your coats which is really handy. definitely worth a visit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed a large part of the day at this museum, very interesting particularly the pre-war years upstairs. Not being a student of German history, there were some parts of the exhibits that were difficult to follow as there was not a clear flow of the history storyline. Nevertheless, there was lots to learn in the complex history of Germany.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Allow yourself the whole day if you truly want to appreciate all of this place. There's so much to see, it's a bit overwhelming (in a good way).

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