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Review of German Historical Museum

German Historical Museum
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Ranked #15 of 798 things to do in Berlin
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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“Excellent museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2013

Takes you right through German history in a fascinating tour. Really opened my eyes. Doesn't flinch from the hard stuff and indeed gave me a new insight into how things happened. Quite harrowing at times. Lots of art etc too. Main problem was running out of time!

Visited November 2013
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“Must visit Museum but where is Africa and the Genocide of the Herero?”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2013

I was very impressed by this museum for the honest (and brave) approach to the troubled history of Germany, especially in the twentieth century. If this museum (and others like it in Berlin) represents the national imagination, Germany seems well on its way to come to terms with the crimes associated with the holocaust, as well as the subsequent pain of its own partition. Really an excellent way to spend an afternoon. BUT, and here's a big reservation on my part, why is it that the history of German colonialism and its atrocities in Africa are either sugar coated, ignored or otherwise entirely marginalized? While there are academic debates about it and its relation to the later genocide of Jews in Germany, many scholars have argued that the first major genocide of the twentieth century was that of the Herero in Africa by the Germans. There is a tiny, tiny acknowledgement of it in the museum in a shared case in a dark corner (which also has one or two references to German atrocities in East Africa). Do African lives not matter? Even today?

By all means visit the museum -- it is a laudable effort and very educational. But please, do remember the atrocities Germany committed in Africa even if the museum would like you to ignore them.

Visited December 2013
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2013

We were here is 2011, and didn't plan on going to this museum since we went to the Museum of Science and Technology. Since it was very cold, this was a great place to visit for a few hours, and glad that we did.

Visited November 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2013

If you are interested in hostory, this is the place to visit in Berlin. It's a massive museum so be prepared to walk and stand quite a few hours.

Visited November 2013
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“Good general and special exhibitions”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2013

A really good museum - a well presented journey through German history with interesting special exhibitions. Apart from the history there are also good exhibits and paintings in their own right NB It is also large so give it some time to do it full justice.

Only caveat is that you need an audio guide for some of the special exhibitions to get the full picture eg Luther - without the audio guide we would have not really appreciated and even then missed important parts of the emphasis. The same doesn't apply for the main exhibitions as these can certainly be enjoyed without the audio guide

Visited November 2013
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