Berlin's New Jewish Museum for Children

Courtesy of Olson Kundig
Courtesy of Olson Kundig
Lily Cichanowicz

Whether its commemorating the starker elements of its past with striking memorials or displaying fascinating pieces of art, Berlin’s repertoire of museums includes some of the most phenomenal displays in the world. In particular, the city does an excellent job of exploring the history and accomplishments of Jewish people in Germany, refusing to turn a blind eye to its responsibility to do so after the Holocaust. Soon, there will be another institution added to the mix: the Jewish Museum for Children in Berlin.

Courtesy of Olson Kundig

With the existing Jewish Museum designed by the legendary Daniel Libeskind, the new children’s museum has big shoes to fill from an architectural standpoint. In fact, the Jewish Museum for Children will be situated across the street from the existing Jewish Museum, within another building originally created by Libeskind. That’s why the Jewish Museum Berlin Foundation administered an invite-only contest to determine who will have the privilege of being the mastermind behind the new design.

The contest began in January, and each architect was prompted to submit a design inspired by the story of Noah’s Ark. According to the Director of the Jewish Museum Berlin, Peter Schäfer, the reason this theme was chosen was for its important symbolic connections to the responsibility we have to rescue those in need and the necessity of acting as the stewards of life on earth.

Without further adieu, the winner is a team from the Seattle-based firm, Olson Kundig Architects, headed by Alan Maskin. What ultimately captivated the judging panel about the design was its playful portrayal of the animals within a recreation of the ark’s wooden frame, which coincides well with the aims of the museum itself. Maskin himself explains that the design team, ‘focused on creating a modern re-telling of the ancient story, aiming to provide a museum experience that inspires a sense of hope and possibility’.

Courtesy of Olson Kundig

More specifically, the visitors will be given the chance to wander through the Berlin museum from Noah’s perspective in a series of interactive installations, encountering creatures of all kinds along the way. The design will give children the opportunity to connect in a tangible way with the story of Noah’s Ark and thus allow them to grapple in real time with its messages. Indeed, the design is as imaginative as it is evocative of the reality of our responsibility to the earth and to others.

With exhibits designed for children between the ages of 5-12, the museum is expected to open to the public in 2019.

Courtesy of Olson Kundig
landscape with balloons floating in the air

KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?

Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.

Winter Sale Offers on Our Trips

Incredible Savings

X
Edit article