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Bauhaus Archive, Berlin

(3.4/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
You'll find everything Bauhaus at Bauhaus Archive, which was founded in 1960 and supported by members of the design movement. The current building was completed in 1979 and features art pieces, items, documents, and literature from the Bauhaus School of architecture, design, and art--which was extremely popular from 1919 to 1933. You also can admire ceramics, metalwork, photography, and even wallpaper designs. The museum offers audio guides in many languages. Look for students making sketches to perhaps peer over the shoulder of a future design genius. Bauhaus Archive is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Berlin Edition.
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  • I was totally disappointed the visit, was one of the worst investments I made in my life. They have one (not very large) room with some things of the Bauhaus... The other room has elements that, based on the Bauhaus principles, they are on sale in any current store... I do not recommend the visit, especially to those who know about the Buahaus, nor those who have visited the Dessau Bauhaus (as it is my case). Often disappointment
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  • The exhibition of the time was very pleasant. As this there would not have been then it is very meager facilities available. Also nice to have the history of the ' school ' once.
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  • The museum is compact but full of interest and offers many insights often through the audio-guide commentary. Two examples. I was unfamiliar with the notion of the trivector of Bauhausaus - function, ...  more »
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  • Small but important museum. If you like Bauhaus and you are interested in its history, you should definitely pay it a visit. The building itself is already very Bauhaus. Gift shop has very nice collections that you can buy, although most of them are quite expensive.
  • I'm a big fan of Bauhaus design, so I definitely had to check this out. There are some interesting things, but it's on the smaller side. I'd probably get the headphones if I could do it again. The gift shop has some really interesting stuff.
  • I was unsure whether to visit after reading negative reviews on Google, but I'm so glad I made the trip. If you're into the history of art and design, and especially if you're a practicing designer, this collection is inspirational. As others have said, it's not the biggest collection, but the audio guide adds lots of detail that you wouldn't get otherwise. If possible, I would highly recommend visiting on a Sunday afternoon when the guided tour runs. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable, and brought a completely new dimension to the collection. If you're not interested in design, I can totally understand that it wouldn't be of any interest at all, but if you are- it's a must see whilst in Berlin.
  • I went to the Bauhaus Archive yesterday the other day during a Berlin trip. It wasn't really my idea to go, but when I got there I liked it a lot. The service is great - an example I think other museums could learn from is the FREE audio guide. You just leave some ID, get your audio guide in your chosen language. I can't remember what language there was - I think it was English, German and perhaps French and Spanish? Anyway.... I was SO inspired going through the history of the artistic, intellectual, architectural Bauhaus. When I went out from the place I felt moved, motivated, curious and in wonder of a lot of things. That's why I really liked it. Then why does it get four? (1) Well, I know it's standard, that you cannot take pictures in a museum, but I wish I could- to remember it all. Instead I used a lot of time writing down what I was seeing and the names of the artist or architect That meant in the end, that I did not have time to gaze as much as I wanted and had to focus on specific areas. (2) CREATIVE?- THEN WHY NOT INTERACTIVE? The Bauhaus Archive focus on design (primarily) in art, furniture, textiles and architectural building, then why not integrating the viewer in (for example) the creative process? How do you come up with ideas? Gladly in a more - not common - way- so it also fits the audience, which is mostly adults in different ages and with primarily interest in history or design . (3) It should be bigger - more to see from the Bauhaus. They said a lot in the audiobook that they had more and made rotations. I know they do that to not damage ex paintings, but being far away from Berlin it was a bit annoying not to see A LOT of the Bauhaus Archive collection. Anyway- definitely worth a visit on your next Berlin tour! I was surprised!
  • I really loved visiting here after years of admiration of the Bauhaus school and studying the history from books, so this felt like visiting an old friend. The location is quite far out of town, so plan your journey but on arrival you can enjoy a nice coffee or snack from the café and then grab an audio guide and enjoy the small but well formed collection. The language is all English friendly and the staff are helpful and very efficient plus you can put your bag in a locker while you look around. The gift shop is lovely, a great selection and perfect for a souvenir or something practical and beautiful. The main gallery is for the public but the library and archive are appointment only so don't expect to be able to walk in without checking first. A lovely morning or afternoon destination if you're visiting the city.