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Steeped in history and the birthplace of some of the world’s most influential art movements, Germany’s capital leaves travellers spoiled for choice when it comes to museums. From fine-art collections to opulent palaces, Berlin’s best museums offer a rich entryway into the city’s history and contemporary culture. With more than 150 museums, Berlin is a cultural treasure trove. Visitors can experience the Boros contemporary art collection in a converted war bunker, explore the rich offering of Berlin’s acclaimed Museum Island (home to no less than five museums) or take in the architecturally acclaimed Jewish Museum.
The main building of the Jewish Museum Berlin is one of the most distinctive modern landmarks of the city. A dazzling architectural masterpiece, Daniel Libeskind’s acclaimed design is made up of a collection of vast zinc panels. Comprised of three separate structures in Kreuzberg, it’s the largest Jewish museum in Europe and features temporary exhibitions on cultural history, contemporary art installations and special displays, all of which complement a permanent exhibition of immense historical importance. Open daily, the museum evokes a palpable experience of the tensions of German Jewish history, not only with its confrontational content, but with the idiosyncratic layout of the space, designed specifically to augment this sentiment.
No cultural escapade in Germany’s capital would be complete without a visit to the Berlinische Galerie, a museum dedicated to the creativity of Berliners. A tight curation of the city’s finest modern art, photography and architecture, the gallery has moved around several locations since its inception in 1975, finally settling in a former glass warehouse in Kreuzberg in 2004. After temporarily closing for refurbishment, the gallery recently reopened its doors to the public. Reduced-price tickets are offered on every first Monday of the month, while admission for children under 18 is always free.
This article is an updated version of a story created by Megan King.