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Bauhaus Archive, Berlin

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#27 of 120 in Museums in Berlin
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. Add Bauhaus Archive and other attractions to your Berlin trip itinerary using our Berlin trip itinerary builder tool .
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  • August 17, 2017
    Largely a research center but also a museum on the Bauhaus history. The collection is however limited to one large exhibition room and the items on display are not unique (often seen in other museums ...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Worst Museum/art gallery I've ever been to (and I've been to a lot!) It costs 8 euro each and there are literally 2 rooms (that you can see from the entrance) with about 10 items in each. Yes there is...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    The building is beautiful, but it's difficult to call it a museum. Two rooms: the smaller permanent exhibition is that, that more-holiday. Temporary you can photograph a permanent No. Although visitors now and then vskidyvajut smartphones and cameras for filming but im constantly interferes with Granny, specially deputed for that purpose. Characteristically she manages to everywhere, so you can assess the scope of the "Museum". Audio guide in Russian, but there are no English (free). Without it, this show is a little more than a completely useless. But even the audioguide was not able to satisfy the thirst for knowledge, I came to the Bauhaus Archive. Fragmentary information, attempts to explain why this lamp is beautiful and why skit about the size of a tablecloth this is a meaningful work of art is not something what I walked into this "Museum". By the way, tickets, as such there is no Museum. You simply find a receipt. If that show his harsh Granny, producing no photographing "Museum". But most likely it does not need, it certainly already noticed you at the ticket office. (Yes, it really is so small). Next to the cashier counter with books. You may buy one of them would be a better investment than "Museum". If anything, the urban bookstores they go for the same price as in the archive.
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  • Great one-room exhibition of origins of Bauhaus movement. If you are interested in understanding the modern art a bit better this is a great opportunity ( do get an audio guide). The collection rotates on weekly/monthly basis, so each time you are visiting, you will see something different. The place is surrounded by great green spot by the river, so it's perfect for chilling outside plus there is a coffee shop. Ticket is only €8 + €20 deposit ( that you will get back at the end ) for audio guide. Absolutely worth seeing / visiting if you are architecture / design / art enthusiast.
  • Some neat stuff in here and a brief history lesson but for the price it could really do with more content. If you don't go for the audio guide (€20 deposit) it's basically an annotated furniture shop. Shame because everything I saw was great, there just isn't enough there to justify the entrance ticket.
  • Amazing museum with very interesting history. Bauhaus original art and design pieces. Must do for design-aware visitors in Berlin.
  • Small exhibit of all sorts of items and furniture related to Bauhaus, with informative text and photography about the school from beginning to end. If you like mid-century modernism, this is for you.
  • The Bauhaus exhibition itself is quite small and could be better curated. Somehow it doesn't really tell the full story of the Bauhaus in its historical context and it's influences on arts, architecture and society. The special exhibition about jasper Morrison was quite good. But this depends on the current exhibition. Looking forward for the Redesign in 2018.

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