Every May since 1977 museums across the globe have opened their doors with a free or curated program to celebrate International Museum Day. In Berlin, museums open their doors, offering events, guided tours, workshops and talks, inviting visitors to uncover the diverse collections and hidden gems dotted across the city. Here are the best museums to visit during International Museum Day.
The Museum of Things chronicles products of the 20th and 21st centuries and aims to constantly renew our perception of the history of things. Exploring these products under the lens of a culture marked by mass production and industrial manufacturing, the museum offers ever-evolving exhibitions. The museum primarily explores the legacy of Werkbund, a German association of artists, architects, designers, and industrialists, established in 1907. The expansive and thought-provoking exhibition is free on Museum Day.
After the construction of the Berlin Wall, East Germany opened a check-in hall at Friedrichstraße station. It was used to process passengers crossing from East to West Berlin, giving the glass and steel pavilion the nickname Tränenpalast, or palace of tears in English. Today, a permanent exhibition entitled ‘Border Experiences: Daily Life Everyday Division of Germany,’ is housed in the historically protected building. International Museum Day visitors can enjoy the exhibition with a free guided tour, exploring the mix of original documents, films and interviews used to portray the effects a divided Germany had on its citizens’ daily lives.
Centrally located in the Sony Centre at Potsdamer Platz, the Film and Television Museum and German Film Archive is a journey through cinema’s pioneering years. A fully immersive and multimedia experience in German film and television history – the permanent exhibition provides a step-by-step guide across the milestones of cinematic eras. Spanning over 13 halls, the museum houses film scripts, costumes, props, film clips that depict the historical and technological developments throughout the years. A must-try for cinephiles in the city, during museum day they can experience this expansive collection for free.